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I embedded one of their videos on my post on inverted heels, but I had a question, so I asked it in their forums. Dr. Ivo Waerlop, one of the Gait Guys, was kind enough to repsond and gave a pretty thorough and technical observation of what he saw going on with my feet and legs based on my videos. It is nice to give names to what I sensed was going on, even though I didn't know what it was called that made my feet and legs "not the norm". I guess it all started going awry as I was developing before I was born. Thanks Mom! He then goes on with more descriptions after observing pictures of my feet. I guess my feet and stride are even curious enough that they may make a teaching case from my videos and photos.
I do know one saying that I really dislike and I have heard it constantly in one form or another from my earliest days of running. It goes something like this, "Running is 10% physical and 90% mental." I always think that this quote is very wrong in implying that good running is basically a case of who is the strongest mentally. I would disagree, you need to be born with a good set of wheels if you want to be good! Everyone does not start out on equal footing (or with equal feet). It is what you do with your wheels that forms the mental part.
I appreciate Dr. Ivo's responses and look forward to seeing what I can still do to improve my mechanics and functioning. That along with the quality care I am now getting from Dr. Baroody and the insoles from Dr. Dananberg might mean I may be able to get a few more years out of these legs, and hopefully do so with an improved economy and efficiency.
How are the new insoles going? I got them Tuesday and wore them all day. I ran the Lowell 5K about 20 seconds slower than the previous week, but once I started running my left sacrum started seizing up. Wednesday I wore them again all day and at the track my left glutes were really stressed and sore. The workout was a struggle as I think my left glutes were starting to do work for a change. This is the side that the PT said my glute medius was very week on, as well as my hip flexor being tight and weak, and so I was using my TFL to compensate. Well these muscles were getting really sore, particularly the glutes. This morning it was again tight and sore. I ran 8 miles slowly. I almost turned home after 100 yards as it was difficult to move. Halfway through the run, things loosened up a bit. My feet seem to be very stable on the ground and my toes appear to point straight ahead. I don't have as much twisting and turning. I noticed that my feet roll across the ground and after awhile I realized that I was extending my leg behind me more and actually getting a push-off. I had another ART treatment today that worked on the muscles that had tightened up in the hips, back, and noticeably the hamstrings, so I hope things start settling down and working together for an improved stride.
I do like this video, "What Can The Single Leg Deadlift do for you?" that Frank Snideman posted here. The forum discussion where I found it is here. I think it can be very important for my strengthening at this time and I find it much easier to do these types of moves with the balance that is restored to my feet with the new insoles.