Using proper running form can help prevent injuries and make running a little easier and more comfortable.
This was just one of their brief bullet point articles, so not much to cull from for a blurb, so here is the bullet list:
- Bend your elbows at a 90-degree angle and keep them close to your body, with your hands relaxed.
- Relax your shoulders and keep them down; drive from your shoulders, not your elbows.
- Avoid leaning forward at the waist, but keep a slight forward lean at the ankles.
- Lift your knees higher as they move forward.
- Hit the ground with your heel, rolling forward onto the ball of your foot. As you lift your foot off the ground, push-off with the front of your foot.
- Hold your head steady and level, and try not to bounce.
Things have been going well. I haven’t gotten back to my habits as regularly as I was, but I’m doing okay. Same with other areas. I’m taking fair care of myself, getting things done around the house, & I’ve been working on my Etsy shop & crafting blog. That’s been a lot of fun, & requires a lot of putting myself out there. I just did my first video for my crafting blog & uploaded it to youtube. I even made it public… That’s huge for me.
I turned the idea of doing a video over in my head for a while, but thought the idea of seeing/hearing myself on video would be too much, & putting it out there in cyberspace was really beyond the pale. Turns out the horror of seeing & hearing myself dissipated within seconds of hitting ‘play’ on the first take. Having done that, I have been feeling like more things are possible. It’s great to feel like I am pushing beyond my fears & ideas about myself.
In other news, my lamotrigine was bumped up, so I’m on the new dose now. As I mentioned, I’m feeling a bit better. Went in for a physical as well, & the doctor was concerned about some numbness in my leg being a pinched nerve in my back. After a round of x-rays, it turns out my back is fine, mostly*, but my knee shows signs of arthritis as well as being the source of the numbness due to 22yrs of post-car accident wear & tear. C’est la vie. (*The muscles in my back need a little strengthening. They are puny.)
Other than that, & some high cholesterol, I am in excellent shape. My kidney functions is dreamy & I have perfect blood pressure. My cholesterol/triglyceride issues are classic symptoms of PCOS. Need to work harder on a healthier diet. I want to get back to The Sugar Solution from Prevention. It’s a great commons sense approach to eating to regulate sugar. This month I seem to have caught up financially (cross your fingers) so hopefully will be able to have more freedom over what I eat & better access to healthier options rather than just having to take what I can get.
Anyhoo, popped in for a quick update, & look at me rambling on. Just wanted you to know I haven’t forgotten you & I’m still here plugging away! Good days & bad days, but I’m not dead yet:)