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Hoping for some advice, please.
I've had allsorts of ITB problems in the past 6 months which I got over after some work on activating and strengthening my glutes. Now back and running decent distances (up to around 15k).
However, I've developed really tight hip flexors as well as a tight ITB - though no pain. Decided to go to a running coach on the basis that it might be something biomechanical. He said that my right foot was splaying outward when I ran (due to poor balance - i.e. weak glutes, I guess?) which was putting a lot of strain on my hip flexors and my ITB. Which sounds rational.
He advised that I should aim to heel strike - both when walking and running - but build the running up slowly. I've been doing this a few days and feel a lot less tightness in my leg day-to-day. I'm running every other day, but only about 2km making a point of heel-striking and frankly it's pretty hard-going. I don't feel like I can run much beyond 2kma nd I'm worried I'm putting a lot of strain on my shins.
So, I guess my questions are:
a) does the above advice sound rational?
b) If so, how can I avoid doing somethign bad to my shins?
c) Any ideas as to when I could expect to be running in excess of 10km again?
I will, of course, ask the running coach the same things, but a second (or thirdetc.!) would be hugely reassuring.