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Subject: Injury free running!
I am really sick and tired of getting injured every time I train for a marathon. This is the third year in a row that I am injured midway through my training. I saw a physio/chiropractor and he told me that I have a big imbalance in my left and right legs. He mentioned that my left glut muscles are very weak and due to that the other parts of my left leg are trying to compensate (for example, he told me my left calf is noticeably bigger than my right one). Except for one occasion, all my injuries have been on my right legs, mostly on the piliformis, and once or twice on the shins and lower knees.
Anyways, he gave me some exercises that can help in activating the left glut and recommended to try them whenever I have 15-30 minutes to spare. The exercises were one leg step downs, different kinds of lunges (normal lunges, with knee up, with jumping), lunges with weights, and short foot. I have started to do them around every other day.
Has any of you been through similar problems? And if so, what helped you get through it?
I am not a very fast runner, and most of you here will consider me a hobby jogger. I have no problem in being a hobby jogger for the rest of my life but I still want to be able to run sub 3 marathons easily, and maybe shoot for a 2:45 one day before I switch to triathlon. I am willing to take one year off from serious running/racing (if that is what it takes) and get rid off this nagging injury problem that keeps haunting me by doing yoga, cross training, posture correction, ...whatever.
Any recommendations (books, threads, personal experience) highly appreciated!
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