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- Mike Boit
One of my teachers Paul Chek recently said that there are 3 basic needs that every human must meet in order to have a sense of self worth:
- Autonomy | A sense that you are able to dictate your own behaviour
- Competence | A feeling that you are effective and able
- Relatedness | A sense that you are connected with others
What is the best way to make the most of those 3 needs, to create the most autonomy, competence and relatedness in your life?
I believe the answer is out there for everyone to grasp, live you dreams. It’s easy for people to say that to you, but it really is true. Living your dreams means shaping the direction of your life in a way that satisfies your values, allowing you to form the relationships that create mutually nurturing connections, and pouring your energies into your passion to become the best, most authentic you that you can be.
It is easy to fall into a routine of unhappiness that seems normal. You suddenly wake up one day and find yourself living a life that you never depicted for yourself all those years ago when you were dreaming of the life you might have. It’s never too late to achieve what you really dream about, but you must be deeply passionate about what it is you are striving for. WIthout this passion, the effort required to achieve your dream turns into a chore and then unhappiness ensues.
Like the Dalai Lama XIV said so poignantly,
"Everyday, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others: to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings…"
I hope this helps you with your day!
Recent research published by The American Journal of Sports Medicine shows that forefoot running can relieve Exertional Compression Compartment Syndrome (CECS) - for most runners, this is a problem often confused with shin splints, pain behind the shin or pain to the front-outside of the shin.
Anterior compartment pressures of the leg are significantly influenced by running technique. Until now, it has been unknown whether adopting a forefoot strike technique could reduce pain and disability associated with CECS in rear foot strikers. This is a theory I have been promoting for quite some time due to the biomechanics of rear foot striking and forefoot/midfoot striking.
This recently study (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22427621) by Diebal et al hypothesised that for people who suffer from CECS, adopting a forefoot strike running technique will lead to decreased pain and disability.
The study involved 10 patients who were indicated for surgical release. Resting, post running compartment pressures, kinematic and kinetic measurements, and self report questionnaires were taken for all patients before and after the study intervention.
After 6 weeks of forefoot running training, these were the results:
- Compartment pressures reduced
- Ground reaction forces (GRF) reduced
- Running distances significantly increased
- Pain significantly reduced.
The study concluded that with the 10 subjects suffering from CECS, a 6 week forefoot strike running intervention led to decreased post running lower leg intracompartmental pressures. Pain and disability typically associated with CECS were greatly reduced for up to 1 year after intervention. Surgical intervention that was initially indicated before participation in the study was avoided for all patients.
If you are suffering from symptoms similar to the ones described, get in touch with to have your running technique assessed and symptoms treated.
There is hope!
- Plato - The Republic