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Dec 24, 2021

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Short episode summary

RunRX doesn’t offer 1-on-1 coaching, but you still get personalized help. Find out what that means in this week’s episode!


Timestamps of big takeaways

[01:14] Helping You Connect With Your Movement of Running

When Coach Valerie first started coaching people, she used group clinics and what she really noticed with people was that as soon as they got the camera out, they'd get a little shy at first. But as soon as they saw the change in their movement, their whole approach, mindset, and how they wanted to move changed. Coach Valerie employs gait analysis to watch you run. It’s all about you and your movement.


[03:37] When you are off running, you get up and run away from your coach. But with the videos, Coach Valerie can analyze and tell you what she thinks of your running. Where your movements are and where they should be.


[05:22] The Importance of “Check-Ins”

Regular check-ins are required to grow and learn the movement. It's similar to how when you go to a PT or Chiro, they don't want you to come just once - they want to see you several times so that you understand the movement you're supposed to be doing.


[06:29] What a Gait Analysis is All About

Gait Analysis is individually tailored and this is what people require to run pain-free. For example, we all learn the same dance moves if we all went to the same dance class, but we're all going to learn a little bit differently. Some of us are going to catch on quickly. As a coach, Valerie ensures everyone understands the basic elements of the movement and assists you specifically where you were having issues if there are any. It's not about pointing out flaws. It's about showing you where you can improve.


[07:37] Is it Safe to Run When You Have an Injury?

It may seem counter-intuitive, but the best time to see Coach Valerie is when you are injured. You may have tried orthotics, tape, and stretching, but none of them have worked for you. You don't have to stop running, but you do have to stop moving the way you've been moving, according to Coach Valerie. The movement pattern you've developed for yourself is injuring you. Coach Valerie offers exercises that you can do in place.


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