Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Running Gait Analysis

I've wanted to have my gait / stride analyzed for quite a while. In fact, as soon as I received our video camera for Christmas, I said that I was going to strip down and make my own Tom Cruise underwear clip record myself running and see what a goon I look like.

Well, wait no longer!!  One of the blogs I read (and I don't want to mention which one in case he wanted to keep the offer low key) offered to have his coach analyze a video of you running for free!  Just like when I am walking through a marathon expo full of 40 pounds of loot, I certainly couldn't pass up an offer like that.

I'm normally a "one foot in front of the other" runner, however after my stress fracture I really tried to focus on what the hell I was doing wrong that caused my body to rise up and scream, no more.  Has anyone else had anyone look at them running and see to see if you are running like a drunk baboon? What do you think of the way I run?

(For the record, I had just finished running 4 miles at 5:30 in the afternoon.  It was 100 degrees.  Like I've said before, I run without a shirt on.  I thought about putting one on for the vid, but I figured that would be lying)


Side note, does anyone know of a GOOD freeware video editing software program?  All I can find are marginal shareware ones.

25 comments:

Ewa said...

I have never seen a drunk baboon, I have not seen one running either but I don't think you are it.
Shirts are overrated. Anton Kurpicka, you know runs without and achieves great things. He has longer hair though.
Oh, you are a heel striker. Caught you there! You know that the latest fashion is mid-foot strike you accomplish by running sans shoes. You know, sans shoes, sans shirt, you get the picture.
Other than that you seem to be running just fine.

Emz said...

Are you trying to die?
Seriously.
4 miles at 5:30 in the afternoon @100 degrees. L O C O !

Zaneta said...

wow... you are crazy for running in 100 degrees!! I tried running in 98 degrees once and almost died and said "never again"

The Sean said...

On the heels a bit, less at faster pace as expected. You might want to think about leaning forward a little bit more.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

More Million Dollar Man than Baywatch. Are the knee things hightech devices to plot data points for computer analysis?

Tricia said...

I'm mooching off the librarys internet...not clicking on the video of the half naked adam running.

Thats a great offer he has, I need to take him up on it.

RunningLaur said...

You're very forefoot, which you know, and which you know is fine. I'll be interested to see what 'the coach' has to say. It would also be good to see a video of your pronation amount - particularly since your medial shins are sore after runs in the Silence.

Angie Bishop said...

It looks to me like you are hitting the ground very hard. Very much a Stike instead of a footfall. Maybe lean forward at the ankles more and hunker down a bit to land a bit softer. Faster cadence will make the footfall less of a strike.
This is from a barefoot perspective anyways.

Matty B. said...

I'm so glad that you posted the picture of David Hasselhoff (sp?) alongside the slow, ambient-noise jog. I think I feel my heart beating faster and a tear running down my cheek.

TRI-james said...

You should try videoing yourself on a treadmill.

Also - I have never use it but:

http://explore.live.com/windows-live-movie-maker

Chad said...

I use Windows Movie Maker, which is part of the Windows Live free line of products. Check it out.

PS: I'm a MS whore. It's part of my job.

Pam said...

Sexy.

Running Through Phoenix said...

Saw this once on Family Guy... no valuable opinion.

destinationathlete said...

As someone who analyzes gait...

do you have access to a treadmill? If so - try to take a video of you from the front, side, and back. The only thing you need to be able to see is from the hips down.

hard to say from the video posted, but you have a good "bounce" to your steps, pushing off the forefoot. Can't tell what your hips are doing, but I'd guess that your stabilizers are a little weak, your hip flexors are uber tight, and that your extensors (gluts/hammies) are also a little weak. Not a lot of push-off above the knee.

Be interested to see what the coach has to say!

Cynthia O'H said...

I've been looking at my race photos this summer and am starting to really notice my gait. An analysis would probably give me more info.

I have found, though, that pushing my jogger has helped developed my gait to more of a mid-foot strike, which I think has really carried into a faster pace. I'm not certain, and there is no scientific data. You could be a monkey...

Chris K said...

Wait a minute. There is not one reference to pooping in this Post. Who are you and what have you done with Adam?

BTW, no problem in revealing that my Coach offered the free analysis. Anyone can do it via my Blog.

Her Name is Rio said...

Other than more forefoot striking when faster, your gait looks the consistent in all the speeds to my amateurish eye! let us know what the pros think!
Would it be helpful to also video you from behind as you run?

kilax said...

I have such a hard time watching other people run and seeing how their foot strikes. Your form looks good to me, but I thought you were hitting more midfoot, then others said heel, then it looked like heel to me... I am just tired. ;)

Steven watches me run when we run together. Basically to tell me if I am overcompensating on one side or not ;)

zbsports said...

This is a very nice post, so informative and interesting. Thanks for sharing such a great post.

Morgan said...

You look like such a majestic gazelle.... :)

Jamoosh said...

I think Windows Live has free editing software.

Spike said...

Drunk baboons have more hair on their body and carry a beer, you lacked both. Can't wait to see what the coach thinks.

Mary IronMatron said...

lighter footstike? I have no idea how one might accomplish that.
I'll be interested to hear what the coach says, so make sure to post that, por favor.

Glenn Jones said...

I second the vote for Windows Movie Maker. It's free and does a decent job as far as putting a bunch of clips together, splitting clips etc.

Megan said...

Ha. When I run on my mill, I don't put a shirt on either.