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in: Super; Super > 2016-08-04

Aug 5, 2016 2:41 AM # 
Aw crap. What do you think is wrong with your calf? Hopefully a short term thing. You've been inspiring lately!
Aug 5, 2016 12:23 PM # 
It's likely a combination of old, dead shoes, (replaced) a big surge in mileage (paused) and latent inactive muscular stuff up the leg and hip (working on it). Calf took a beating compensating for all of it and now it's spiralling up through my whole left side.

All of my recent runs begin with a limp and several Km to loosen up, but it's getting more painful and slower to get to ok so something has got to give. Unfortunately that's going to be my momentum. Hopefully it settles down and I can get back on track.
Aug 5, 2016 1:50 PM # 
To the gym with you, lad.
Aug 5, 2016 2:58 PM # 
Yeah. Woo.
Aug 5, 2016 3:29 PM # 
A possible option re your "not getting running" comment about the Y... The running coach 'Bent and I visited a few times this year is not far from you in Clarkson. Jeff Stapleton is an enthusiastic, interesting character and a barefoot runner who likes to smile and give people a hard time for wearing shoes. However, once that's done, he moves on to testing for imbalances and working to strengthen runners' bodies from the feet up. He has a Masters in exercise physiology so he works from a solid understanding of biomechanics.

We had no interest in barefoot running, nor in substantially changing our running form, but we got a lot out of a few sessions. Each session provided us with a different running-specific workout that we received afterward by email and continue to use; that's been the biggest value. It's not heavy weight stuff - it's a customized-for-you mix of body weight strength, balance, mobility, agility and technique - all things you could do at home. It was interesting and different from other ways we work out - the most running-specific training we've had. Unfortunately, it is expensive ($150) for a private session and (for us) far away. If you bring someone with you, it's $175 for two, and if you can entice a few others, the price comes down more. I'd suggest that if you go, you'd get the most benefit with only one or two people in the session. In our case, he always went past the promised 1 hour, sometimes up to 90 minutes. He really loves what he does!

There are probably similar coaches in Burlington too.
Aug 5, 2016 4:25 PM # 
Hmmm. That is interesting. And I know some other injured, already committed runners who could potentially benefit from such a thing. Thanks barb.
Aug 5, 2016 8:43 PM # 
Hey Supe, is it a date?
Aug 5, 2016 9:45 PM # 
These sessions are more "injury prevention" than rehab but he will look for biomechanical problems, e.g. I have one tight hip and when I lie down, he can see that my legs don't appear to be the same length. So I was given a bunch of hip loosening exercises. By the end of a session including different exercises, my legs *would* be in the right place. Also, as someone who sits a lot, my body tends to pull toward the front so I need to do exercises to extend my arms and legs backward. Hmm, must go work out now. Bye!

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