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Running And Stride Length

 

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Part of rehabilitation has included a corrective lesson on running properly.  Ok, so I like the feeling of the “frolicking/slow motion running across the beach” style, but it is not supportive of much distance.  Running so my stride length and arm swing are related (horse’s front and hind legs move in proper timing through the entire torso) , my body has only enough angle to stay centered over my feet (sitting on one’s seat bones while riding), the anterior and posterior part of my body are more equally engaged (the smaller joints like knees, ankles and toes are much softer in landing, so more work is absorbed in the larger joints and muscles), no tension in the shoulders, neck, and head (everything swings in self-carriage similar to our conscious objective of the horse’s body in riding), and the mind becomes meditative (the horse becomes trusting, quiet, and receptive while comfortably connected.)   I have tried to follow this path of development with the horses, so it is fun to have it developed in my own body.  Maybe a marathon will be on the life list after all.

 

(Contains short videos of my running retraining and continued rehabilitation exercises. Making progress!  Dave is an awesome PT! )

Stable march. Slow. Pelvic floor and TA contraction. 20x each side.

 

Daily Selfeed #18 Balance

Running and Daily Selfseed #18 Balance were not planned, but it is a very appropriate meeting of the two ideas. How Dave has me landing and moving through my feet are much like ballroom dancing and balanced riding.  My experience of long distance running has been painful, so I have opted for other ways of exercising. Very curious to follow this evolution.  Selfseeds Balance started as a physical aspect of knowing one’s body state and how to move with it.  Over time, balance has moved to an aspect of living and discovering inner peace.
Nice to find this short and to the point read on balance from my balance archives, 2011. Still holds true–timeless truth on posture.

 

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