Mystery SolvedAround sore hips for this runner, it seems . I have blogged about my ongoing tightness in the hip areas for a while now. I am noting that as I have been injury free for over a year now, that there a re a few factors that are working. One is that I am trying to keep in mind my running form, pursuing a more "Chi" apprach, keeing my strides shorter. THis seems to keep me aligned and less likely to have piriformis issues.
THe other side of this is my hips. I have not really been stretching all of my muscles as I use to for a couple of years now, I will if they feel tight. I am pretty flexible, BUT I went in to my chiropractor who looked at my external hip rotators flexibility and he noted how stiff one side was. I have discovered how to reach that area, which had eluded me until I found this excercise, which is actually quite difficult at times! I have a hard time liking this exercise because it hurts!
I have posted this before but I feel its worth touting how helpful its been. I should probably post a youtube of ME doing this stretch. This guy is so calm and silent.
Once the flexibility has improved, it gives me a better chance to keep away from injury. Tightening of this for me works its way into bad running form, compensating all over the place until my ass hurts suddenly and I wonder WHY. I have had people say, are your hips sore today? They note when I haven't been working on this area and I then realize oops I need to do some more stretching.