I think I get it. Running, that’s your powerful thing. The thing you can do by yourself, without any equipment, without needing to reserve a spot in class a day before, without needing to get in the car again. The thing where no one talks to you, or asks you where something is, or demands your attention.
The thing you used to do to feel like yourself.
But now…what’s going on? Things hurt when you try to run? Your back, your hips, your knees? You feel ungainly and your stride is so off that after ten minutes you’re spent? Or is it too distracting worrying about whether the neighbor you just passed can tell that you’re literally dripping pee down your leg?
Yeah, I think I get why you’re not running these days.
But that can change. I can help you. Here are a few things to focus on:
- Your feet. If your feet spread out while you were pregnant (did you annoyingly have to buy bigger shoes?), you can rebuild running-critical foot and ankle strength with some easy-to-learn exercises.
- Your core. You probably already know that a strong core is critical for efficient running. What we call the core is a complex amalgamation of muscles that run in different directions and connect to different bones. It’s not safe or realistic to attempt to rebuild a year’s worth of core strength with a few crunches. I can help you rebuild your abdominal musculature from the inside out, safely. Did you know that insufficient or ineffective core strength is one of the major causes of both back pain and pelvic floor dysfunction?
- Your head. How you hold your neck and head can have a lot of impact on the positioning of the rest of your spine. When running, even people who have the cervical strength to hold their head and back correctly may slip into bad habits, especially as they fatigue. And do you know what another major cause of both back pain and pelvic floor dysfunction is? Yep. Cervical and spinal posture.
You can return to running. With all the body awareness that you’re going to gain, your form is going to be better than ever. That means you’ll have more stamina, less post-workout soreness, and maybe even some new personal bests.