Upon the suggestion of my massage therapist I recently went for a video gait analysis at The Running Institute in Ann Arbor. I had been experiencing some ITB tightness in my left leg during marathon training and we were struggling to figure out the cause. I had never been videoed running before so I was pretty excited to see what I looked like!
And the videos almost speak for themselves….
This side view showed some general form issues which I will slowly work to correct.
This rear view – he had me run in a shorter top so that you could clearly see the belt line in the video – shows a clear right hip drop that in my mind is the culprit for that left side ITB tightness. It also shows a poor choice of capris – I think these need to be retired since they clearly don’t do my rear view any favors! lol
Tim at The Running Institute also had me do some squats and single leg step downs which revealed general glute/hip girdle weakness. I am hopeful that by working on glute and hip strengthening I will be able to resolve this hip drop. Megan is going to add some drills into marathon training to address this too.
So overall I am excited. If I was able to run Chicago with this form imagine how much easier I can make it all on myself with some added strength and minor progressive (nothing quick here since I am concerned about compensation injuries) form changes!
Have you ever had a gait analysis or been videoed running? How about specific non-running strengthening?