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I'm facing a long time out with a snapped achilles. One of the factors that caused it was apparently my calf muscles being too strong for the tendon so that, when the tendon developed a slight tear, a bit of extra stress made it snap - rather like a rubber band with a nick in it.
When I eventually get back to running, I want to avoid that sort of localised muscle build up. I don't think I was engaging my glutes - or indeed many of the muscles above my knees. Of course, that phrase "engaging my glutes" doesn't actually mean that much to me - I don't know how to engage my glutes or use the hamstrings or quads or whatever. I just went out and ran, feet low to the ground, not much knee raise at all.
So, how do I "engage my glutes"? How do I strengthen the quads and hamstrings? I never had these problems when I was younger (I'm 49 will be nearly 50 by the time I can run again), I just went out and ran.
I'm going to be visiting my local Sweatshop to get my gait analysed but I think I might need to re-build my entire running style. That being so, how?