{gait analysis, part 3: how}

{gait analysis, part 3: how}

I want to become a better runner.

Not a faster runner, but a better runner.

If you’re just joining me, hop on over to part 1 and part 2 of this series on gait analysis.

The most important question of the morning was: HOW do I fix these problem areas?

Christine asked me to get back on the treadmill and get up to my jogging pace, and she came at me with a digital metronome.

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The metronome was set to 180bpm (bpm = beats per-minute). To hear what 180bpm sounds like, check out this YouTube video. The purpose of the metronome was to give me an audio guide to help increase the number of steps I took per-minute. Strangely enough, as I began taking more steps (with shorter strides), this forced me to shift from landing on my heel to landing more on the balls of my feet.

I struggled with keeping the pace because I kept hearing my own footsteps and the revolutions of the treadmill belt, and getting my feet to hit the belt when I wanted them to was difficult. Christine suggested that when I heard the beep, that I should focus on pulling my elbows back to punctuate with the sound. This modification made it much easier.

Then Christine suggested that as I ran that I try leaning my entire body forward (as opposed to hinging from the hips) by visualizing my nose poking out ahead of my toes. This was hard. I couldn’t figure that one out. But practice makes perfect…

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I feel certain that the only way this will ever work is if there’s some sort of sweet treat dangling in front of me.

Eventually, I hopped off the treadmill and we started talking drills and stretches…

Thanks for reading part 3 of my gait analysis experience. Stay tuned for part 4, going live on December 9th.

Best,
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I am not a health professional – please reach out to your doctor or physical therapist for information about gait.

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