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Subject: RE: loss of coordination in leg
I want to comment on something foomiler has brought up.
The faster you run, the more activated the glutes become.
That is true and because of that it is worthwhile to do some faster running with low shoes and or barefoot. The glutes are activated and one quits using that shuffle stride that long distance runners get into.
One thing that I see distance runners NOT maintaining is the lower back arch so necessary to activate the glutes. This is why I like egoscue exercises, because they activate the lower back arch. The flat back, so often seen with distance runners, relies on the leg muscles and hip flexors to do the job, and they get fatiqued.
Just this week, I was having calf and shin pain on my left leg, could not figure it out, and could not see what had changed in my stride. I spent an hour at the football field running barefoot, doing drills, etc this morning and the shin and calf pain was completely gone after 15 minutes, so I just carried on. What I noticed when I was done is that I had been overstriding on my left side for some unknown reason, and when I put my shoes on and ran home, I made sure I didn't try to throw that foot out there too far. No pain. So...sometimes what you "think" you are doing with your stride may be different that what it is really doing. If you get a chance, try some barefoot running to find out what your true natural form is.
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