Spring is almost here in Portland. The sun is coming out. Flowers are blooming. And people are getting outside and enjoying their favorite outdoor activities: running, walking, hiking, etc.
I have been having fun training for my second Portland Marathon (yes in my Vibram Five Fingers) and to keep my hips, knees and ankles balanced and working together I have been doing these three simple Egoscue e-cises before and after every run. These are the same Egoscue e-cises I show every track and cross-country coach that finds their way into our clinic. A couple years ago, one such coach who came into the clinic had just seen every one of his top runners go down with either foot pain, shin splints, knee pain, hip pain, or back pain. I told him to take every athlete he has through these simple pain relief stretches and posture exercises and he reported back the next year that not one athlete missed a meet because of pain and he dropped his number of athletes with shin splints from 10 to zero! Pretty cool.
Have fun and I’ll see you on the trails!