particularly for new runners...
I started running in May last year. I did the C25K thing in my old nikes, then went to buy some more appropriate shoes as my shins kept hurting. I went to Run & Become in Cardiff and ended up with Brooks Adrenaline GT10s - now, I KNOW I overpronate really badly because even as a child it caused me problems.
The shoes were....ok. Better than my old ones but the niggly shin spint kept bugging me for all of last year. In the end I went to a different shop in Cardiff and got my gait video analysed. Came out with the orthopaedic shoes of the running shoe world - a pair of Saucony Stabils. My god, what a revelation! I've had them for a month now and it's changed my little running world - not a twinge or an ache. I'm running faster and further and I'm not starting every run waiting for the pain to start.
So, the point of this ramble - don't mess about with your shoes. An hour of your life in a decent shop where they know what they're doing makes all the difference.
Well said that man.
When I first started, I was too stingy / shy to walk into a proper running shop with all those intimidating "proper" runners in there and made do with JJB bought shoes that I kind of gait analysed myself for...
After the innevitable pain and the expense of buying crap shoes from a crap shop, I fianlly went into Up and Running in Liverpool, got properly fitted and havent looked back since
I keep reading this advice, and now have every intention of actually getting my gait analysed.
I also did C25K last year in my nikes, and whilst there is some wear left in them, I feel that I now need some "proper" running shoes.
Then again, this may just be an excuse for a girl to go shoe-shopping.
Natalie - I began with C25k and a pair of Nike Air Alaris. Rubbish rubbish rubbish and lots of knee pain to prove it!
Take the advice! Be brave!
I agree with Ant, gait analysis is not fool proof. its also only addresses issues with the lower part of the body which seems a little strange to me considering that you also run using your upper body.I prefer full body biometric checks such as that done by strideuk in hove.
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