Mostly moving forward: LCL recovery week 6

After my test run last Sunday, I didn’t run again until Friday. Oh, except like a quarter mile at my form evaluation Tuesday. That’s the kind of week it was. At least I kind of made up for it over the weekend.  I ran 1.4 miles around the neighborhood Friday

and 2 trail miles Sunday. Kara got to come with me this time.

Although she doesn’t understand the concept of “pacing yourself” and had to stop for a lie down at the halfway point.

Pack because it’s hunting season and this is her only orange “clothes”.

Oh yes, I also made it to pool running class once. As for the running form evaluation, it mostly confirmed what we’ve been working on with PT. Not nearly the “ideal” amount of hip extension (because tight hip flexors) and more hip drop on the injured side (more likely because of injury than causing it).

The most interesting part to me is that apparently I land with my leg too straight. It’s not completely straight, but the “ideal” bend is around 60 degrees. I’m not sure I ever knew this?! Landing with your knee more bent decreases the force it has to absorb (sorry, knee) and also causes you to land with more of a mid-foot strike. Something to work on…

In unrelated news, I harvested the last greens out of the garden before we got into single digit temps this weekend. We had a tiny cabbage, a bit of kale, a lot of turnip greens, and a massive pile of parsley. The photo does not do it justice – I think there’s easily 20 cups’ worth. Have any favorite recipes that use tons of parsley?

 

Have you ever had a running form evaluation?

Linking up with Meghan for week in review and Holly and Wendy for Weekly Wrap

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  1. Wendy says: Reply

    I had the issues with one side being stronger than the other, which is why I started strength training. I swear that I have had much fewer issues with injury since (not counting PF). It’s all about that base! :p
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      The hip drop is on my used-to-be stronger side, before the injury. Hasn’t caught back up yet!

  2. I’ve had running form evaluations a couple of times. Of course things have a tendency to change!

    Right now I’m dealing with some tenderness that usually happens when training starts, not at the end. I know I should probably take a week off of running totally . . . bleh. 🙁

    That’s great that you are at least running again & those trail photos with Kara look amazing (and cold).
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Not as cold as it looks!

  3. I had a running form evaluation recently and my coach sent me stills from his videos afterwards – tell me about those “I thought I looked like [gazelle, etc.] when running now I know I look like [hunched mess, penguin, etc.]” memes!! But it was really useful and I did the first bit when I was tired, not even trying to have “good” form etc. so we could work on the worst of it. I do know what I should be doing and we went through that but it’s actually painful to run “properly” so I’m only doing it now and again – I don’t have time to start again from scratch with my 31-miler to get to in July, unfortunately. Maybe after that. I don’t think I’ll ever stop my right foot flipping outwards, though.

    Lovely photos and well done doing so well and carefully in your running rehab!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      It is hard – I’m not sure how landing with a more bent knee is even supposed to feel!

  4. Are there recipes for parsley? I thought it was just a garnish. 😉 The running form evaluation sounds very informative. I know my hip drops and my legs are probably too straight as well. I do sometimes focus on that bent angle on slow and easy runs. I’m so glad you were able to get out on the trails with Kara! Thanks for linking.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Would you believe I found a recipe for parsley cake? Didn’t try it, though. I have made some tabbouleh and used a lot in soups.

  5. Haha, Kara is totally the dog version of me, stopping for a nap mid run 😜

    We always make tabbouleh when we have an excess of parsley to use up!
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