Should you do it?
Since starting running eighteen years ago I used to always overpronate and used to correct it with supportive shoes.
Three years ago I started my dabbling in minimalist/barefoot shoes and have made a pretty good transition. In changing from heel striking to forefoot striking I also changed into a natural gait with no evidence of pronation on the sole.
Now my legs and feet are comfortable with flatter shoes it's become apparent that i've eveloed into a huge superpronator where the outside edge touches the ground first, rolls onto the middle of the sole and pushes off before the inside edge of the sole can get a look in.
As it's the beginning of the new year and I'm hammering the easy miles for a deep base I'm altering my gait so that i'm landing neutral rather than pronated. What i'm wondering is - is this a good idea or should i just let my feet do what they want to do; am i riskingsomething by conciously correcting my form?
Thanks, and sorry for the long post.
simple answer - if it ain't broke why try to fix it??
a non-perfect gait may not be your ideal, but you may damage more in the process of trying to change (again). and if you want to get faster, train harder
someone I know was a very good junior over 5k - top 3 in the UK. he went off to Uni and the running coach persuaded him he could get faster if he changed his gait. result was a succession of injuries, lost motivation, and he packed the sport in.
your call if you want to try though
Try reading a few bools on the subject e.g born to run..... advice as above. I spent years in DMS running with kit on my back no problem. Put on "Running shoes"...injury time especially knees, changed back to fore foot and voila, injury free. Run my shoes into the ground and no injuries got to be worth going with what nature from my pov. Good luck and let us know what you decide.
(FB, I'd like to hear your take on this).
Sean, what is perfect gait?
Well sprinters pronate, its the foot action of real speed, even the fastest distance runners. Neutral is nice in mud and at most speeds efficient. Supinators tend to go well for any given effort.
All in all you're stuck with the ankles you're born with. Whether or not you get injured is more a function of inherent weaknesses in the structure rather than the type of structure.
You can't really twist your feet 'right', mainly because there isn't actually a 'wrong'.
Personally I pronate. In a race, on a mixed terrain course I'm always amused that some runners can keep with me on mud but the moment we hit a road I leave them for dead.
Sean, you're not being flamed at all, I am purely asking a very reasonable question myself. You asked for a professional response, well, I'm the professional with many years experience treating athletes at all levels. So I'll rephrase my question.
If there is such a thing as perfect gait, why is every athlete on the planet not doing it?
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