Most of the runners who come through my door have been under attack for months (if not years).
Many can point to a general start point for their injury, but uncertainty looms around the “why.” And while the injury may have started on a specific date, the truth is that the the storm has been brewing for months.
Here’s the tricky thing, your body really doesn’t care. It only cares about one thing: self-preservation. Your anatomy has no qualms with compensating for weak or tight areas — it just wants to get the job done.
These compensations are completely subconscious and are silent killers to your running. With every step comes compensation that overworks areas of your body and eventually causes injury.
While the ability to fully test for the imbalance is quite extensive, here’s a quick and easy test you can perform at home. If done 100% correct, it will provide useful information about your balance and strength between left and right legs.
What Happens If I Fail?
While some runners will pop up unchallenged, many will find themselves struggling to balance or having the strength to pull themselves up without cheating. If you fail, the test can become fix. Find a height where you can complete the exercise without cheating. Then, slowly build your step height to increase the difficulty.