End of 2017, only a few months after I bought ský, I noticed that he was unhappy. He was especially unhappy about riding - walking away when I approached him with the saddle, not standing still at the mounting block, etc 😔
When I gave him autonomy and the right to say "no", I just "had" to accept that I wouldn't be allowed to sit on his back.
And I embraced this situation wholeheartedly 😊 His happiness was way more important than my dream of riding.
So we've put the saddle away.
For a while 😅
... Because, to my surprise - with autonomy, a clear stop signal and R+ ský changed his mind and heart about the riding matter 😅🍀🐴
Today we've been on a longer hike through the woods and most of the time he carried me on his back.
And surprisingly he even seemed more motivated and eager to go faster (yay tölt 😍) when I was on his back than when I walked next to him 🤔😅
Accompanied by the wonderful @sandrahartl79 and the even more wonderful bakkus 🐴🍀😍 thank you
Frustrated at missing today’s half marathon, I decided to run ‘barefoot’ for the first time, in heavy rain. Think it’s much easier to run - just need to get used to the lack of sponge! Forces you to actually move properly. Calves killing, but start slowly and build up!
You know when I go red font on a white background, I’m all about business here
For the love....will you look at that?! 1/6?! NO THANK YOU
Want to know why? First, you’re surgically correcting a ‘symptom’. Second, how many of those who have undergone this surgery are educated on foot strength and proper footwear? 🤔...I’m going with zero to none. Because if they were, the surgery most likely wouldn’t have taken place
Speaking from personal experience, I was on my way to this statistic with a painful bunion larger than most I have seen due to poor footwear and a weak orthotic dependent foot. But I wisened up
And you know the rest. I have zero pain in what may APPEAR to be a painful bunion. My foot is stronger than it ever has been. I wear NO orthotic, functional footwear and myself along with many others are on a mission to prevent an unneeded surgery that has a HIGH failure rate
And it didn’t happen overnight. But it happened. Sans surgery. We have some awesome foot strength exercises coming your way
🤓 Okuda R et al. Hallux valgus angle as a predictor of recurrence following proximal metatarsal osteotomy. J Ortho Sci 2011
Here is that clip where I got busted that I was telling you guys about! My wife and her younger sister were at Starbucks and I decided to start filming! My wife put on a great shoeplay show and her 25 year old sister put on a very nice show as well (until she busted me)! This clip is 30 minutes of shoeplay perfection! Check out "Shoeplay Busted!" in my store tonight at 12:05 am eastern! Click the link in my profile to get there! #shoeplay#dipping#dangling#sandals#barefoot
Finding your dream home is somewhat like finding the perfect partner. It might take a while, but when you find the one, you know you’ll always have the support of someone who just gets you. 😎
And when you find your dream home, you’ll always have the perfect place that will make you and your loved ones happy and make memories. 🌴🐳🐋 Thankfully, finding the perfect home is a lot easier than finding the perfect partner. A bit of planning and some legwork can get you into the home that fits you. No blind dates needed! 😉
Great post by @optimize.physiotherapy about skipping and running
Skipping is a good demonstration of the ability to store and release elastic energy through the lower body
Skipping efficiently means that you are better at recycling this elastic energy...a good skipper makes it seem effortless. An inefficient skipper must use a lot of muscular energy and this will create increased effort and much less efficiency
Running is the same. Running well is all about the ability to store and release elastic energy. According to Running researchers like @jaydicharry, under ideal conditions about 50% of the energy used should be recycled elastic energy, and 50% muscular energy
How we interact with the ground makes all the difference. Ground interaction determines whether we get to use this ‘free’ elastic energy or not
Skipping allows you to train this. It helps build the tissue tolerance through the Achilles and lower leg, turning the leg (and foot) into a spring
Skipping barefoot is best, as it demands more efficiency and control from your tissues
⚖️ SPRING TUNING:
• Skipping allows you to ‘tune’ or train the elastic properties of your tissues based on how you land. The goal is to find a nice pattern where your ankle ROM is being used
The stretch shortening cycle of the Achilles/calf complex comes into play, which produces this elastic recoil effect
✅ Find a sweet spot while skipping where this natural springiness is being expressed. Avoid landing with a stiff ankle (not letting it go through ROM and reach its SSC), and also avoid landing flat footed and not using the elastic energy needed to be efficient
Skipping efficiency has a good carryover to running efficiency, and is therefore a great ‘assistance exercise’ for runners