My running has taken a severe knock in the past couple of months. I started off the year so well and was training consistently and pushing mileage and running good times, improving every run. But. My knee’s started to hurt. Not ITB pain but like a bruised feeling right in the middle of my knee behind the cap kind of hurt.
I went to the physio who treated the symptoms but after several sessions they were no better so he suggested I see a bio. I was training for the Knysna half and went to the bio to get me through the race. He told me my glutes were weak and that my VMO’s needed to be strengthened. We did three sessions in the three weeks prior to the half and true to his word, I got through the race with relatively pain free knee’s.
He also mentioned that he believed my shoes were not the right ones for me and that I must get new ones after Knysna but couldn’t tell me WHAT shoes to get. I didn’t want to go back to the Sweat shop where I got the “wrong” shoes from and was at a loss.
In the mean time I started running less and less. I just couldn’t get rid of the knee pain despite the bum exercises I was doing. Then I saw that Jenty had gone to SBR Sport for a leg assessment and on her recommendation booked an appointment to see Mike myself.
It is quite something seeing your running style on camera (and your big bum!). What was painfully clear was that my shoes were SO wrong! Their lack of support was putting so much strain on my knee’s as my leg was practically collapsing in on itself. What amazes me is that it certainly didn’t feel like I was doing so much damage while running! Mike concurred that my butt (piriformis) was again the root cause of the trouble I was having in my knee’s. He also picked up that my lower back and shoulders are bearing the brunt of the
wobbly bum piriformis weakness and that my whole back needed some work.
I got new Asic’s GT1000’s and ran for the first time in FOREVER on Sunday. What a difference running in the right shoes makes! Whilst my knee’s were still slightly niggly after my run, I could feel the difference. My glutes were working HARD while I ran for the first time since I started running again.
I’ve had two massage sessions with Mike as well and I can’t tell you the difference I am feeling in my body. Yesterday while
torturing working on my piriformis he asked me if I ever felt numbness in my leg. Remember about two years ago when I had leg numbness and thought I had a brain tumour? *Penny drop*
So it is Spring now and there are no excuses to not run anymore! It’s warmer and lighter. I have the right shoes now and doing several bum exercises.
Time to get off the road to nowhere and on the road to stronger running!