I ran today and it was mostly pain-free!!!
Actually, I think that I have pretty much figured out why my hamstrings have been barking at me lately.
Nope it is not my Altra Instinct’s, they are doing just what they they were designed to do. Phew that was a relief, because I am really liking them.
Nope last night I reached out to my Twitter network and asked Jeff alias @Coachprs a question about his experience with the Altra Instinct’s and if he had any hamstring problems after starting to run in them.
As soon as I saw his reply on the pawing back, the light came on.
When I changed over the Altra’s they are definitely a different style of running shoe then I am used to. So when I combined that with attempting to run a little faster lately, I let my new form deteriorate and and eventually reverted to my older, but faster for me still, style of running.
With my old style of running, I have historically had problems with my hamstrings. Pawing back activates my hamstrings a lot more, which combined with the higher mileage I was doing, caused the hammies to bark at me a LOT and if the past is any indicator, eventually would have lead to an injury and some significant down-time from running.
Great catch Jeff and thank you so much!!!!
Sometimes, it is just something simple that we are doing or not doing – when running, that causes a problem. A little thing – that until someone jogs our memory, that we don’t realize what the real issue is. As soon as Jeff said “pawing back” in his tweet, I “knew” what was wrong and what I had to do to fix the problem.
This morning I went out for for an easy 5.0 miler. I wasn’t worried about time at all, the only thing that I wanted to focus on was working on my landing, lifting and leaning while running. When I started to exaggerate my stride backwards, while leaning forward a little more than I have been - voila the pain in my hammies, almost completely went away!
I am going to have to let them heal a lot more before, I can really go back to trying to run faster again, which will probably take a week or two. However, at least I have pretty good idea of what I was doing wrong and have a plan to correct it.
The best part is that as long as I am not stupid about things and go slow, I can still run – I just have to really focus on my landing, lifting and leaning . Sounds like a great week to cut-back and rest the body, then next week get back to it.
Thanks again Jeff!!!
Remember Harold – Land, Lift, Lean
Have you ever had some discomfort while running and you know if you don’t take care of it that it is going to become a bigger problem, but you couldn’t figure it out until someone mentioned a small thing that made you remember what you needed to do to fix the issue?