The Left/Right Balance
Running is a whole body experience and injuries can often come from bad biomechanics (at least that’s how I think). I get injured on my left side because my left side is weaker. I know this. I do not do enough to prevent it but at least I understand what’s going on in my body.
As I’ve mentioned, I’m teetering on ending up on the injury list. However, I’m not there yet and in fact have had some decent workouts. I contribute that to two things. First, I’ve switched to using my left hand for everything I can. It has made everything take twice as long and my makeup in the morning has been a diaster. (Putting eye liner on with your left hand is like trying to write with your left hand. Really freakin’ hard.) But it is causing me to become much more aware of my left side. Today while running, I only focused on my left arm swing. What a difference it made!
The second thing that has helped me is the following video…
Why did I not come across this video earlier in my life? I’ve actually taken my theraband to work and done a few exercises when no one was looking . This is an awesome routine and I highly recommend it!
Happy Trails and Happy Running,
Running Update: My Garmin is being really annoying and not uploading my run from today. But I had an easy six miles. My stride definitely feels like it’s back to the way it should be. However, the muscles and tendons in my leg feel sore, not super painful, just sore. I ran 6.12 miles with an average pace of 7:48/mile. My splits were 8:23, 7:53, 7:57, 7:35, 7:30, and 7:24. It’s amazing how much more aerobically fit I feel. Maybe the wheatgrass shot I had earlier today helped a little too.