Dry your eyes rainy face, I didn't sat they did, I just said Profeet didn't. There's a difference you see.
Last time I went to a high street running shop, just out of curiosity I went through their gait analysis. I was seen by a young lad who quite happily told me, as we were chatting, that he'd done a days course on gait analysis in house and basically been shown how to identify someone who pronated, someone who supinated and someone with a neutral gait. That was it. In total.
I then went through show choice and again he freely admitted that as a 200m specialist all he knew about trail shoes was the marketing blurb that came with the shoes. So all in all not a great experience.
So what I'm saying is this, go to a high street store and you could get anyone from a biomechanics specialist who's their brands lead on footwear or you could get a part time sprinter who's been trained in a day. Both runners but have vastly different knowledge bases.
Go to a specialist store, whatever one you find, and you'll get people who know what they're talking about, guaranteed
Profeet in Fulham, hands down the best in London. All their run staff are sports science grads or biomechanicists, the do a full gait analysis which will give you your gait weaknesses and recommend what's best for you not what they get the best mark up on. Can't recommend them highly enough
Booktrunk don't ever judge yourself against anyone on the start line with you, everyone has taken different routes to get where you all find yourself, you don;t know their journeys any more than they know yours.
Every 100 start line that I've been on there's been the same expressions, they'll be the same for yours no doubt. Trust in yourself, no one knows you and what you're capable of better than you. No one runs your race for you, let them run their race and you run yours, when you cross the finish line it'll be all the sweeter knowing that the only person responsible for your success is you.
I had a good chat with both Joe Grant and Nick Hollon at the closing ceremony after the race, Nick mentioned that a little birdie had told him that I had had a particularly weird hallucination and would I mind if he chatted to me on camera about it. So I did. Here's the link