Amazingly my knee pain is starting to subside as well, despite maintaining a decent level of activity. I still have some days where I over do it and they get sore but those days are few and far between and when they do happen, I back off and break out the ice. I've also gone back to the gym and I feel like that is helping. But let's get down to the nitty gritty. What's my form like now after 5 weeks of of work?
Well. Let's start at the top. Once again, am looking down at the ground. Not surprising as that's what I do on a treadmill. My shoulders are still slightly rolled but not as bad as before. My arms are where the change has started. They are lower and the angle is more in line with where it should be. This is a change that I have to actually think about every time I run. It is getting better though, I find that more often than not, this is just where my arms go when I start running. It's once I start to get tired that they drift back to their old ways. I've gotten a lot better at correcting that when it happens instead of letting the bad form take over. You'll also note that my back isn't as arched as it was the first time around.
|Look at that! An 18 degree improvement! Woohoo!|
The big surprise was when we looked at my leg extension. Yes, I'm still heel striking and probably always will BUT...I've managed to start to reign in my over striding!
|A three degree improvement! It's not much but I'll take it!|
Gone are the days of me zipping into the gym for a quick weight workout. If I want to continue to race at my current level, I need to invest the time in making sure that things are working the way they're supposed to and that means paying attention to running form in addition to strength and mobility. Which means I'm spending longer in the gym. I also think that I'm definitely going to have to give my body a good solid rest at the end of the season and that will mean no running for a little while. If it means that I can come back to running 100% pain free then I'll do it.