I spent a lot of this morning looking at video of my running form using a new program, that I found while reading The Science of Running Blog, called Tracker. Which I used to really focus on figuring out why I was having so many aches and pains on my right side and my left side felt fine.
After watching the video from last weekend, only this time going frame-by-frame, I discovered something that I think is very pertinent to my right hip hurting.
If you look at the below images you can see that my right foot crosses the center line – which forces my hip out stressing it, while my left leg remains mostly under my hip.
As you can see there is a quite a difference between my right and left sides! This information gives me a great starting point, to really start correcting my form.
On my run this afternoon, I really, really focused on straightening out that leg and stride. It really helped a lot and my hip discomfort was really reduced, compared to what it has been. I think the combination of using my Newton’s (which give me immediate feedback on how my feet are landing) and focusing on changing my right leg’s form to be straighter.
I ran 6.0 miles today and with this new focus and actually knowing what I wanted to change, instead of saying in general – I am working on my form, made a big difference. I didn’t feel like I was working as hard as I had been and didn’t land with my right hip sticking out, which stressed the ligaments and muscles, which was causing a lot of my discomfort.
My splits were:
- Shepard Road – 7:51
- Middle Road – 12:47 (4:55)
- M&A Repair – 20:26 (7:39)
- Blake Road – 26:32 (6:05)
- Mile Mark 4 – 33:41 (7:08)
- My Mail Box – 42:15 (8:33)
- Philbrick/Howard Lap – 50:04 (7:48)
I was surprised at the difference that this little change made in my efficiency and how I felt when running. I know that my other muscles will need to adjust to this, which will take time and feel unnatural for a while.
I am very happy with how I felt during the run today and the differences it made in my hip felt. This might not be the entire solution, but I strongly believe that it is at least a part of the problem.