Introduction: I run a 1.8 mile loop around my neighborhood every morning before class or work. A few years ago, I got sciatica and missed the entire school soccer season. The pain was on my right side lower back, and shot down my left leg. Occasionally the pain would reach the base of my skull. Physical therapy sessions and stretches relieved my pain. Ever since then I feel that I am running improperly.
Problem: First of my problems is, while running, my right leg gets tired before my left. The calf and quad muscles don't ache, but that feeling of getting a good workout. While my left leg I feel no sensation of being tired at all. I feel like one side of my body is being worked out better than the other. Could this be cause my bad posture while running? (i.e Leaning to one side, slouching, or having my torso twisted in one direction) Or, would having one leg longer than the other cause this? Because I get the feeling my legs are two different lengths during specific activities. Secondly, when my right leg hits the ground, it hits hard. It's not as smooth and as low impact as the left leg. I have tried running on my toes, but it's the same. And my calf on my right leg still feels the workout first. I have tried slowing down and running heal-to-toe. Same issue. Could this be caused by any of the issues listed above? Also, in the car, I can not get comfortable. When I look down, my nose does not light up with my bellybutton. It is always lined up just to the left of it. During long car rides, slowly pain starts to creep from my right buttock to my right lower back.
Question: Can anyone at least identify with this? What kind of running shoe insoles should I get to correct these issues? Or do I have to have a doctor check me out for skeletal problems?
Thanks for your help in advance.