Out of the blue, I decided to pick up running again. I hadn't ran since stopping ballet and hesitated running for a while due to a hip impingement. Yet, as I sped up the treadmill at the gym, I had the sudden urge to run, to see what I was capable of doing and what I was capable of tolerating. I aimed to run a mile without stopping, which actually proved to be much easier than I thought it would be. Of course, doing HIIT workouts tends to lead to excellent cardiovascular conditioning. In any case, the running did not aggravate my hip impingement. In reality, I should have known it wouldn't, as there is no extreme hip flexion involved in running if you're doing it correctly. Yet, hip flexion was never the only thing that aggravated it. In fact, hip extension, the kind needed to elevate your leg to 90 degrees for an arabesque, would tighten my back up fast thanks to the improper positioning of my hip joint within the socket. So I did have reason to believe that running would cause some sort of aggravation from the constant pounding on a hard surface. However, I attribute the lack of aggravation to proper running biomechanics.
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