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
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.
I CHOSE to watch myself run IN SLOW MOTION ON A VERY LARGE MONITOR.
Bruk took a deep breath before deciding how to answer me.
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.
I need glutes of glory! I got told I don't use my glutes when running either and am very quad dominant!ReplyDelete
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 :PDelete
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.ReplyDelete
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!Delete
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.ReplyDelete
Yup, it is a lot like listening to yourself...painful. I think it's good that you'll never accidentally watch yourself run :)Delete
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).ReplyDelete
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!Delete
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 glutesReplyDelete
Thanks Amanda! Yeah it's definitely different than a running store type of analysis. I'll keep writing about the glutes :)Delete
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!ReplyDelete
Yeah it's not fun to watch! But thank you. I'll get started on the next visit post :)Delete
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 :-)ReplyDelete
I think we need to start a glute support group!!Delete
very interesting! can't wait to read glutes of glory!ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
You're not kidding--it's rough!Delete
this nonrunner wants to do this now.
It's rough but it is interesting!Delete
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!ReplyDelete
Oh no! Get that refresher stat! :)Delete
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 ...ReplyDelete
Yeah, dry needling sounds like just about the worst torture ever. Get those glutes in motion!Delete
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!ReplyDelete
Thank you! It's crazy how common this is. I hope we're both on the mend too!Delete
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.ReplyDelete
I *think* it's worth it...Delete
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!ReplyDelete
Yep, it's tough. But if we can learn to run with fewer to no future injuries, it's worth it, right?Delete
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.ReplyDelete
That's hilarious!!! It is very painful to watch yourself run...and Bruk is talking about doing it again :(Delete
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!ReplyDelete
Exactly. Or at least, I hope so.Delete
Love the "Glutes of glory" title. You are very brave to watch yourself running in slo-mo. I hope it pays off for you.ReplyDelete
Thanks Marcy! Yeah it's scary stuff!Delete