Sunday, July 13, 2014

I Got My Run Analyzed. Bring on the GLUTES OF GLORY!

If you know me at all, you know that I have a tendency to injure (click here) myself (and here) pretty (and here) often(and here).(here too)  Most recently, I started experiencing pain that would start in my left hip and then settle a little more, uh, posteriorly.


Running had quite literally become a pain in the butt. 

Over the last couple of years, TriGuy has brought up his running guy whenever I would whine about mention some ache or pain. I would half-heartedly mumble something along the lines of:


And then I would hobble on my merry way.

TriGuy tried to encourage me when I said how it conflicted with my work schedule, by stating the benefits of getting my run analyzed.


So, when my hip/butt pain became too much in the spring, I finally called.  I scheduled the full running analysis, which includes videotaping of walking and running, and an EMG to see which muscles are activated.  I was booked for an appointment 2 months away, but I knew it would be worth the wait.

On June 2nd, I got to see the running guru.  They call him:


                     Why, you ask?


                      There you have it.

We exchanged pleasantries and then got down to business.

FYI, if you want to get a running assessment done, you should know the following:

In order to get an accurate picture of what strange things you're doing with your body, you're required to hang out in nothing but shorts and a sports bra (over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder optional for men).


Once the taping was done, we sat down to watch the video while reviewing my history.


I had to regularly remind myself that I chose to watch myself run.


Yep.  I CHOSE to watch myself run.


I continued on with my history.


CHOSE to watch myself run IN SLOW MOTION ON A VERY LARGE MONITOR.


Bruk took a deep breath before deciding how to answer me.


 Quick.  Like ripping off a band-aid.

 He asked if I would be ok with going back to see him because he saw some potential areas to work on.  I apparently don't use my butt at all when I run (or ever), so Bruk let me know he was putting me on a special program.  It's called:


That was the moment I decided to tell him that I have a blog, and that would be a perfect title for a post about this experience.



But(t), I'll save that visit for the next post.

UPCOMING POSTS: TRAINING, RACING, MY PATH TO GLUTES OF GLORY

* I changed her name to Jen since I haven't asked her if I can blog about her.




36 comments:

  1. I need glutes of glory! I got told I don't use my glutes when running either and am very quad dominant!

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    1. The first step is recognizing you don't use your glutes. The second step is learning *how* to use them! I can ask if Bruk does road trips to teach his program :P

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  2. Yeah, apparently I don't use my glutes much either when I run. Like Christy, I'm very quad dominant which is now causing me all sorts of knee issues. I'm actually thinking of getting a gait analysis done as well. I've just started doing strengthening exercises for my glutes which should help.

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    1. I think it is really helpful to get the analysis done. There's nothing like seeing how you run to make you eager for change :) Good luck with your exercises!

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  3. Ha! I imagine it's super hard watching yourself run (like listening to your own recorded voice). This is why I don't run. So there's no chance I'll accidentally watch myself run. Yeah. That's it.

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    1. Yup, it is a lot like listening to yourself...painful. I think it's good that you'll never accidentally watch yourself run :)

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  4. This post gave me anxiety about watching myself run. In slow mo no less. Also, is Bruk short for something? That is a name (and profession) I have never heard before. Good luck with the glutes (this may be the only time I get to write that in an appropriate context).

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    1. Yeah, it is pretty awful having to watch yourself run. But very informative. As far as I know, it's just Bruk. He's actually a physical therapist who specializes in sports rehab. And thanks for the well wishes on my butt!

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  5. you are awesome. I loved having a full analysis done and getting people to understand that what they do at the running store is not an analysis by any stretch. Can't wait to hear about these glutes

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    1. Thanks Amanda! Yeah it's definitely different than a running store type of analysis. I'll keep writing about the glutes :)

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  6. You are too funny!!!! I want the next episode of this!!!!! :) I don't think I want to watch myself though & in slow mo - YIKES!

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    1. Yeah it's not fun to watch! But thank you. I'll get started on the next visit post :)

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  7. I'm looking forward to the Glutes of Glory post. I seriously could use some help there. Or actually, I could use a full analysis. I have a bit of history too :-)

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    1. I think we need to start a glute support group!!

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  8. very interesting! can't wait to read glutes of glory!

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  9. It truly is very humbling to see yourself run in slow motion. Not pretty at all. Can't wait to hear more about your glutes of glory. Fire 'em up!

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  10. OH SEE?
    this nonrunner wants to do this now.
    a lotlot.

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    1. It's rough but it is interesting!

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  11. This is such a common problem. I had to learn how to use my glutes in PT two summers ago, but I'm afraid I need a refresher. Can't wait to hear about your Glutes of Glory!

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    1. Oh no! Get that refresher stat! :)

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  12. LOL sorry, but love this b/c yep raising my hand here - been dealing with dead butt syndrome (aka no weak glutes, aka piriformis syndrome) for 3 years now. I've had the electrodes even went so far as dry needling. Now I'm just working on my glutes ... a lot ...

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    1. Yeah, dry needling sounds like just about the worst torture ever. Get those glutes in motion!

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  13. I LOVE your graphics--you are so talented! Like Coco said above, sleepy gluteus is all too common among many of us. I just went through a ton of rehab to get my gluteus firing, my hips stabilized, etc. after yrs of cycling through injury. I hope we are both no the road to better days!

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    1. Thank you! It's crazy how common this is. I hope we're both on the mend too!

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  14. Haha, this cracks me up! I would hate to watch myself run, especially in slow-mo, but it if helps, maybe I could sit through the torture.

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  15. Oh! I can't wait to read about the rest. I too have been injured repeatedly and have learned that so much comes from my glutes not activating properly or well. Now I want to get a full running analysis done, even though I know it would be painful to watch myself run!

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    1. Yep, it's tough. But if we can learn to run with fewer to no future injuries, it's worth it, right?

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  16. I don't know if I ever want to see myself walk never mind run in slo-mo. With a strong tendency to being knock-kneed and flat footed in our family, we've got a saying - If it walks like a duck, we're probably related.

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    1. That's hilarious!!! It is very painful to watch yourself run...and Bruk is talking about doing it again :(

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  17. Whoa, I didn't even know stuff like "run analysis" existed. Watching yourself do exercise in slow motion must be a mildly excruciating experience. I'm not sure I'd survive the psychological trauma if I had to do it. But hey, if it means getting signed up for something as awesome-sounding as the "Glutes Of Glory" program, I guess it's worth it!

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  18. Love the "Glutes of glory" title. You are very brave to watch yourself running in slo-mo. I hope it pays off for you.

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    1. Thanks Marcy! Yeah it's scary stuff!

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