|Dr. Mark Cucuzzella at Two Rivers Treads|
In my ongoing full-time job that is called rehab, I once again trekked down to West Virginia to the Two Rivers Treads shoe store yesterday. Two Rivers is unique–the first running shoe store devoted 100 percent to minimalist shoes. The store is chock full of minimalist shoes, from street shoes to running shoes. Lots of traditional shoes as well, all cut open and dissected to show their overabundance of heel drop and cushioning. The store is owned by Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, who hosted the “Re-Evolution of Running” panel discussion I attended a couple of weeks ago.
|James, who led the natural running clinic|
Dr. Mark is one of those rare souls whose heart is truly into helping others. His efforts are geared at educating the running public about traditional and minimalist footwear, along with helping runners learn to revamp their running style. All with the goal of keeping runners healthy and therefore happy. To that end, I worked with Mark and his co-worker at the store, James Munnis, to learn better running technique.
It was enlightening and I came home with thoughts swirling around in my head. Clearly, this is going to be a one-step-at-a-time process. I can’t make all these changes at once. A few I will concentrate on, and that most people can benefit from:
- Aiming for a cadence of 180 footstrikes/minute–for many people, this fix alone makes a world of difference*
- Pushing my arms backwards more than forwards (hands stopping at the rib cage) to help prevent overstriding and help my feet follow suit
- Keeping my head from bouncing up and down, this driving all my energy forward.
- Strengthening my feet–they are a weak mess right now, which doesn’t help with the ability to single leg stance, which is what running essentially is.
Interestingly, when I went to see my PT today and go over all of his video analysis, it fell right in line with what I learned yesterday. Harmony in my treatment plan! My PT also timed my cadence today, once on the Alter G and once on a regular treadmill, and there was my 180. So no need to work on that, at least!
My path is now clear and I’ve “seen the light” about where my running needs to go. It’s a good feeling.
* Tomorrow I’ll show you some pics of the Alter G in action and give you the update on my PT session. A tiny bit of running is back in my life. Baby steps…