I’ve been running for years, starting with track and cross-country in grade eight. Back then I only ran 2-3 days a week. In high school that number increased. Since I quit competitive running 11 years ago, I’ve ran five days a week on average.
With the exception of bursitis in my hip within my first year of running, I never really had issues…until 2011. Since then I’ve had many problems with my left knee.
Most of the issues seem to stem from muscle imbalances. So I go see someone who (hopefully) diagnoses properly. I go home and work on my physio exercises. And then I seem to be ok…until it happens again.
I seem to be getting injured when I’m not training for anything and my mileage is low. Other than Ironman training, I haven’t being training like crazy. And during IM training, I only run three times a week max.
This has led me to try changing my technique. So, I thought I’d attempt a more natural way of running. I definitely heel strike and am attempting to land mid-foot.
It isn’t easy. Personally, I have to constantly think about where my foot is landing, whether my stride is shortened, if I’m leaning slightly forward and the list goes on.
Running isn’t simple anymore. I used to go out for a run and turn my mind off. It was peaceful. I’d feel like a million bucks when I finished.
I’ve also dealt with some pretty sore calf muscles.
Overall, I’m not sure how I’m doing. I’d like to attend a session on natural running technique. I need to read more about it and watch more videos.
I think I’m really struggling, too, since my fitness has plummeted. I didn’t run for a while due to my knee. I only biked slowly and did other forms of light cardio. Then I got hammered with the flu and didn’t exercise for over a week. I’m still experiencing fatigue from it.
So, I’m learning to run again. And it feels like from scratch since my fitness is low. However, I’m going to give it my best shot.
Plain and simple- I love to run. I want to be able to do it for a lifetime.
Are you a heel striker?
Have you changed your running technique? Do you have any advice?