So, I’m on page 135 of ChiRunning revised edition and it all makes sense to me. Now, before I get into my question, know that I’m recovering from ITBS and Tendonitis in my right knee (3 weeks now) and really frustrated as I’m so close to my first full marathon on March 17th in Virginia Beach, VA (Yuengling Shamrock Marathon). My doctor said 800mb Advil, ice and rest, rest, rest.
I can almost guarantee you that I know exactly why the pain happened. I’ve been training since November with no injuries or pain UNTIL 3 weeks ago when I started pulling my feet in so they point straight ahead. I was doing a very easy pace 5 mile run when at mile 4 the outside of my right knee started hurting until finally I had to limp back home with excrutiating pain. I honestly think it was due to me putting all that extra stress on the outside of my leg while trying to straighen my foot out.
Genetically, my lower legs are several bowed, so naturally, my foot lands outside-in (over-pronate). Now, before you start criticizing this gait, know that I introduced myself to better running form through New Balance’s web site goodformrunning.com which embraces similar traits to ChiRunning, so I was already reaping the benefits from better form with no injuries, minimal recovery required and, as in ChiRunning, speed followed.
So, my question is do I bag the whole idea of straightening my skeletolly (is that really a word? - LOL) challeged genetics or are there things I can do to gradually make that transition? Right now I’m pretty angry that I did this to myself and could be missing out on my first marathon.