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Today is a milestone of sorts, it was my last day of physical therapy with Erin. It means that I am that far enough along in the healing process that I can go it without “adult” supervision.
Actually I couldn’t have asked for a better physical therapist. She is a runner also and understood my want/need to begin running again and was supportive of my goal to do so.
During this last session of PT, I mentioned that my wife watched me running the other day and thought that I was running differently than I had in the past. So we went out in the parking lot and I ran down about 50 yards and back. Erin noted that I was “quick stepping” with my right leg. We talked about what I was doing and why I felt it was necessary to “quick step” when I was running. She stated that she would think about what she had seen for a little while.
Erin had me run again with my natural gate without me attempting to be conscious of keeping my feet straighter. I didn’t experience nearly as much discomfort in my knee and was not quick stepping my right leg. Part of the problem had been identified.
It is amazing how a little thing like my trying to improve my “gait” can change so many other parts of your stride and become uncomfortable. I am not saying that this is 100% of the cause of the discomfort, when running – no I think that the arthroscopic surgery a month a half ago still has a lot to do with it.
Now to shed some pounds and increase my fitness level, so that I don’t feel like a beached whale when I am out there running.
“Are you doing the right thing for the right reason.”
Originally written by Harold Shaw published at Veteran Runner © 2011 – All Rights Reserved. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Harold Shaw and Veteran Runner with appropriate and specific directions or links to the original content.