So, I went to the sports shop today and am now all set!
They did my gait analysis and found my feet to be neutral! I was shocked by this as they definitely used to over pronate, although that was over 5yrs ago. He said my right foot rolled in a tiny bit, but no where near enough to recommend pronation shoes.
So, I also did the foot balance insole. We moulded them, but then left them (at this point no obligation to buy) until I chose some shoes.
They no longer had any Brooks, so I was forced to change brand. I initially went for a pair of Asics (Gel 6???) but a 10 was too tight and an 11 too big! And they don't have half sizes.
So he bought a selection of others..Nike, Adidas and their own brand.
Tried on the Nike and they were spot on. Size 10, but definitely more room than the Asics. Didn't try the others as these were fine. Then tried them with the insoles and they did make a difference...made the fit just that bit more snug, but not a "tight" snug, if that makes sense.
To pricing....the Nike's (not sure of model right now, they are upstairs) were £45. Didn't try the own brand, but they were in the £30 range, so I didn't think the Nike's were that bad.
The insoles were £45, which is obviously a lot (I knew they were roughly that before I went in). Probably not worth "every penny" but they did make a noticeable difference, and I went in with the intention of getting them, so did so. If they turn out to be a gimmick then I'll let you know! I can use them in other shoes, so depending on how durable they are, I can use them in my next pair.
So....£45 for Nike as opposed to the £18 New Balance on Amazon. Yes, these are more expensive, but not excessive (some of the shoes were well over £100). Now I know the make, size and model of what fits (as long as they turn out to be ok over the next week or so) then I can search online to see if I can get cheaper, although I am happy to buy in store unless they are really really are cheaper online.
So....no more excuses! Gonna get out shortly (today) and actually start!!!!
Asitis - I can see where your coming from. Basically why pay more now, when they will wear out before I get any "benefit" from them and need to replace anyway, thus saving money initially if I get a cheaper pair?
If think I've put that correctly. I can see where your coming from, and its a valid point to make.
Whilst I am going to go for the foot balance insoles and a more expensive pair of shoes (although I haven't been in yet, going tomorrow), that doesn't mean I haven't heard your point.
I am intending to walk initially, then run/walk etc etc, but I don't know when to introduce the run/walk. Its easy when I say increase the distance by 1 mile a month, but I don't want to get to 10 miles and not have run. So I could introduce a bit of run/walk a lot earlier, and I want the peace of mind knowing the shoes are correct at that point.
Another option I am aware of is to ignore distance, and go for time and then build up that way. Going to look at the couch to 5k program as well.
It will be confirmed tomorrow, but I'm pretty sure I need a correction and cushioning shoe....would they be available for £20-£30?
Just found out that IronBridge Runner in Exeter has closed! I'm gutted, cos although I haven't used them for over 5yrs, I trusted them.
So, looking at alternatives I've found a shop called Runners Need, also in Exeter, who do video gait analysis. However, I've looked at reviews and they don't inspire confidence! Reports of differing advice from different assistants etc, sounding like a Sports Direct level of advice.
Our local sports shop however do the Foot Balance system. Its not video analysis, but they use photos in different positions combined with custom moulded insoles. A friend has used them and is pleased with the results. They basically are able to determine the level of pronation and recommend suitable shoes, and then fine-tune with the custom moulded insoles (kind of like orthotics, only quicker).
My friend used to go to a running shop in Bristol (cos he trusted them) but now swears by this place. Admittedly, his feet will be different to mine, but am feeling confident about going there. Just spoke to them on the phone and they say they are all trained ti do this.
On another note, took my garmin on our dog walk tonight and it worked a treat, despite being under my coat sleave. On the map it showed the exact route (like the first time I used a satnav!!!) and worked out distance at 0.74 mile. So going to increase the loop to get to a mile or slightly over. Also won't take dogs with me, as they slow down.