Remember last year when I confessed that I couldn’t do a squat?
Well today I figured out that I can’t do something that grade school kids everywhere can do. I can’t skip. Seriously. I am THAT uncoordinated. When the PT asked me to skip as a warm up drill I could NOT do it. I couldn’t raise one leg and raise the opposite arm like these kids are doing. This just confirms why I don’t do those group classes that require a person to have at least a basic level of coordination. So instead of continuing to embarrass myself, I just stopped and told the PT – let’s move on, I’m not skipping.
Anyway – the running evaluation was interesting and wasn’t as bad as I had feared. I’m not doing anything MAJOR wrong with my form. My cadence was good (178, which is just about where they wanted it). I’m landing just a tiny bit too far back on my foot, which causes me to need to slow down and then speed up with each foot strike (I’m not explaining it well – I should have had him write it down exactly; but I know what he meant). And with each step the opposite hip drops a tiny bit. What does all this mean? Bottom line: I still need to strengthen my core, glutes and landing solidly on my foot. I now have exercises to help with this stuff. Thank god the physical therapist didn’t tell me that I needed to master the art of skipping in order to be a good runner.
Even thought I can’t SKIP forward, I can MOVE forward. I was reminded of that yesterday. I found a new daily inspiration book that I’m loving. It’s called Good Morning: 365 Positive Ways to Start Your Day. Yesterday’s entry started with this quote “We choose, and in doing so, we design our lives. Learn to master the moment of decision and you will live a life uncommon.” (from The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion & Purpose by Matthew Kelly). I love this! The entry was about making a decision and moving forward, instead of debating, discussing and contemplating every possible wrinkle and living a life of indecision. I’ve blogged about similar things before. But this quote and entry came at a good time for me, professionally and personally. Time to make decisions – with the head, yes, but ultimately with the heart – and move forward to live a life uncommon.