Thursday, 23 February 2017

Building a new runner

Being stopped in your tracks by blinding pain kind of forces you to evaluate how you treat training and injuries. 5 weeks with piriformis syndrome (and still not recovered) are a real motivation to start from the ground up and pay more attention to the little details.

I think I was moving in the right direction, last year; Taking a break when I needed it, including cross training and strength work more than I had in the past but it obviously wasn't enough.

In 2017, I want to work on core strength and mobility and not ignore, or run through, smaller injuries.

My PT training is covering about as much core work as I can handle right now. However, now that I'm free to move around a bit more I can focus on mobility before I'm back on the road. 
I noticed Dr. Kelly Starrett book at my PT appointment and decided this is exactly what I need to get me started with assessing my mobility. The book runs through self assessment tests for all the major joints involved in running and provides techniques to help mobilize problem areas or to carry out maintaince on good ones.
Some I cannot do right now because of my injury. For others I need to buy some bands or different size balls but I'm getting started on what I can do. I'm also looking forward to getting back to my Body Pump classes for extra strength work when I'm confident I can do all the movements without pain.

It's funny how motivating this whole 'episode' has been. I'm never going to be a competitive runner but I want to focus on feeling better and stronger while I run. That can only make it more fun!!


  1. I hope the assessments and techniques help keep you injury free when you can start them! :)

  2. Thanks 😃 working my way through them!