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Subject: RE: loss of coordination in leg
Like many of you, I suffered from debilitating stiffness and pressure in my hips when I ran, to the point of not being able to control where my leg would land in my stride. It usually started a couple miles into a run and ended when I could no longer lift my foot more than an inch off the ground and was forced to end my workout.
Before I took time off running (about a year) I couldn't run more than 2 consecutive miles at 6:00 pace, or about 7 miles at recovery pace. Having run large mileage in college, this was very upsetting for me.
Flash forward to this past weekend when I ran my first race in over a year, with no discomfort or feeling of loss of coordination. Here's the plan my physical therapist and I worked on for the past month (I wish I had gone sooner):
1. Making sure I used proper body mechanics: bending at the hips, using my knees to lift and sitting up straight while at work.
2. Working on strengthening my lower body: leg curls, hip sled and lunges.
3. A stretch I refer to as the "crazy hip stretch", where you are in the lunge position (one knee on the floor, one up), keeping your upper body vertical and elevating/arching/pointing your hips forward. I can tell you that the first week of doing this 3 times daily burned like crazy. It now is a lot better and can now hold this the full 30 seconds on each leg.
I'm still a long way from being "recovered", but have made progress to the point of feeling optimistic about my running future again. After reading this thread, I hope many of you have found similar success and for those that have not, to not give up hope.
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