Question about knee injuries and gait assessment

Gwen asks


I have two questions if I may...

1) I get injured quite a lot (knees) and think that a gait assessment might be useful, however I have heard horror stories about people being "wrongly corrected".  How do I find a reputable coach/gait analyser and how will I know if they are correcting me correctly?

2) I signed up late to the Marathon Guru website for the Blackmores half marathon, so only got to see a little bit of the program, however I noticed that there are 5 runs a week.  Do you have any programs for the SMH half marathon in May that allow you to run 3-4 times a week only instead of 5 times?  I also like to swim and cycle (I am not a triathlete) and don't want all my time spent on running, and as mentioned, I tend to get injuried, so do not want to stress my knees too much.


Lee's response

Hi Gwen,

There are a number of practitioners that can assess you and give you their opinion on what is your deficiency and what you need to do to correct it.
Some of these practitioners are:
-    Chiropractor/ Osteopath
-    Physiotherapist
-    Podiatrist

Now firstly you need to see if your body is properly aligned, especially lower back, hips and then you can get a true indication on leg length discrepancy (if any).
A podiatrist will take a look at your foot strike and see if orthotics/ heel lifts or anything else is needed to help strengthen your running biomechanics.
We offer a gait analysis here (
Make sure you see a qualified practitioner and not someone that is a gym instructor or coach.

Once you have gone through this process make sure your footwear is adequate and you are also running on soft surfaces wherever possible to minimise impact/ stress on the lower limbs of your body.

In regards to the running program it is a 12 week training program that does have you running x 5 times a week. In that 12 weeks, you are required to complete a minimum 6 weeks (or 42 days). Provided that you complete the long run and the session, you could drop 1 - 2 runs a week and incorporate that into your training but we do not take that into account. These would be listed as missed training days and as you have 42 days up your sleeve, there are plenty for you to work with. Just remember that if you decide to do a lead in race, get sick or injured, that these days also count as missed training and once you miss more than 42 days, the interactive training program will halt.

Wishing you well,