There's a running sloution to every running problem... until there isn't.
Then I decided what I needed to do was work on my top-end speed to get me where I could run comfortably at a faster speed. The common way to do this is with facilitated sprinting, such as runing downhill - but the landing forces for that would get me injured, so I had to start by uphill sprints. They were awkward, my style was bad, and I never improved.
I couldn't even stand properly, much less run, so I checked with a bunch of experts, got a bunch of answers (which overlapped a little) and tried everything. Eventually, I found someone who said I could solve most of my problems with a few exercises that would take a few minutes per day; I soon decided he was right - because I couldn't do any of them properly. For example, one of them is called The Scorpion: you lie on your stomach, arms stretched out to the side and alternately try to bring each foot to the opposite hand.
|Someone actually doing it on a track!|
What's the point? Training is specific; when does one ever make a motion like that when running? Well... when that muscle's weak and you get tired, you start to look like this:
|Zumbro 100: I loathe this photo.|
|That's not a pot-belly; that's a swayback.|
Spending each day standing, sitting or lying with my back in the wrong position made it impossible to straighten it to the correct position.
So... if you can't run, can't even stand properly and can't do the corrective exercises, what's left? The last resort is corrective exercises to get one to be able to do the corrective exercises one needs to do! For that erector spinae problem, I needed to break up some scar tissue and did that by rolling around on a hard ball.
|A little lower and to one side.|
Of the 1100 posts I've put on this blog, more than 300 have been on running training: what to do, how much to do, why one workout rather than another. I intentionally omitted anything that you see on most running blogs: where I went, what I ate and what I wore. I didn't write about stretching or strength training or cross-training, because that's ALL that others wrote about, when what people needed to do was run.
Now I finally have an excuse to explain all the stuff you need to do if you can't run.