Yesterday, I had my running gait analyzed. A couple of you asked how I did it and Nicole asked if I went to a Physical Therapist. I didn’t go to a PT but that’s one way you can do it. You can also go to a Podiatrist, like my friend Michelle. Both are probably more thorough analyses than what I got.
I went to Fleet Feet Sports, which is a place that does gait analysis for free. Basically, they put you on a treadmill and film you running at your normal pace (I picked a 9:30 pace) for about 45 seconds from this viewpoint.
Then they play back the video in slow motion to see how your feet hit the treadmill. They can recommend proper shoes from there.
I found out that I overpronate slightly with my right foot. My left foot is more neutral, but I strike on the outer edge of my foot and then try to correct it once my full foot hits the ground.
You can also get a general idea of how your foot hits the ground by how the tread wears on your shoes. (I brought in a pair with 600 miles and a pair with 300 miles, but they don’t they don’t necessarily need your old shoes to do the analysis.)
If you have a neutral running gait, all your muscles line up properly from your foot up to your neck. But if you over or underpronate, it causes improper alignment and can cause foot, ankle, knee, hip, lower back, spinal, and neck pain.
Until now, I’ve been wearing neutral running shoes which doesn’t do me any favors since I’m not a neutral runner. I tried on a few different shoes and insoles that the girl recommended and tested them out by running up and down the sidewalk in the shopping plaza – in jeans and a long sleeve shirt. After looking like a fool to at least three families and two hot guys, I settled on some new stability shoes – the Brooks Trance 11’s.
Stability shoes don’t fix the problem, but they help with it. For what I just paid, I think they should give me a back rub and tell me I look pretty.
I also bought some insoles (which Fleet Feet shave down to fit your shoe). They help keep your feet in place better than the factory insoles. Those aren’t cheap either, but they made a big difference in the Brooks for me.
I came really close to getting another pair of Mizunos (my shoe love) but the Brooks felt a little better. I’m kinda freaked out to be moving to a new brand of shoe. My feet and Mizunos have been a power couple for years.
These are the stability Mizunos I almost bought and now that I don’t have them, I kinda want them.
They are so ugly. But for some reason, I am drawn to them. I want to get a whole purple zebra striped unitard and wear it with those shoes.
Anyway, my thighs are super sore today so I hope my new shoes help out with all the random pain I’ve been having. I’m supposed to only run a few miles at a time to get used to the insoles so hopefully I can still wear them for my half marathon in two weeks. If the new shoes don’t help, I’m going to change the name of my blog to Eat: Watch: Cry.