Hello friends 🙂
So yesterday I did something i was meaning to do for a while. I bought my new pair of running shoes, the ones I am planning on running my marathon in – got plenty of time to break them in before my marathon of course!
As you can tell I was pretty ecstatic about it 😉
But what did I do different this time? Well, my running felt a little off the past few weeks… nothing too painful, I just didn’t “flow” and “bounce” like I used too. So I decided it was time to short of step up my game and get a gait analysis done on my feet.
I’ll share with you the process (which is pretty simple actually) and all the reasons why I really believe that every runner should get it.
First things first they measure your foot size (I am a 6.5 to 7 UK size). And yes of course i am wearing different socks since i am totally incapable of having a normal pair… 😉
They start you off with the most neutral pair of shoes – tried this awesome pair of Brooks first and they stick you on the treadmill to get a baseline for your stride. There is a camera on the back of the treadmill that records your running while you run for about 20 seconds each time at a speed between 8-10.
(you can see the camera inside the little opening in the white table)
So what they are looking for is:
(Image is from the runner’s need website)
- for your feet (ankle joint) to be as neutral as possible
- you waistline/lower back (imagine a line where the waistband of your jeans is) to keep the form of a straight line while you run
According to James (the specialist who did the analysis to me) I showed:
- I have a very low arch on my foot,
- also have over pronation on my left foot (probably cause of an old injury) – It looked a lot like the middle picture above 😦
- and slight supination on my right
- I was putting extra weight on my left side (this they can tell because my lower back was not a straight line while i was running)
The image on the left is a mild case of over pronation (like mine) while the image on the right is a pretty much good form
One of the main reasons for this type of bad running form according to Runner’s World is weak hips (so now I know that hip exercises and lunges are on the top of my list!)
Trying on a few different pairs in order to get my stride and ankle angles to as close to 175 degrees angle as possible (every time you step back on the treadmill and you compare this recording to the first (baseline one) and you are looking for improvements)–>
The notion is you get a baseline and then you work your way towards trying to fix whatever is wrong with the person’s stepping/running. In my case we went from neutral to a “stability” type shoe with control motion but it actually made my over pronation on the left worse. So we worked our way back to a neutral but more supporting shoe.
And we had a winner! Saucony rider9 was the perfect fit!
And of course I had to take them out for a spin the moment I got home, so I did some repeats at the nearby park 🙂
So finally here is my 5 reasons for suggesting to ALL runners to get a gait analysis and make sure your shoe is the RIGHT FIT for you:
- Prevents injuries and relieves your body from unnecessary stress
- Makes running easier and more enjoyable
- No more black/lost toenails since there is an appropriate fit that allows for enough space in the shoe’s toe box
- You get to see yourself running and this gives you the ability to fix/improve on bad form
- Now you know for a fact what type of shoe is the best for you
All the people at runner’s need store (in Monument by London bridge) were extremely friendly and knowledgable. If you are new to running that is totally OK as well, they will make sure you get familiarised with the treadmill before hand and also they will explain everything to you. My personal experience was a great one!
I’d like to thank James from the Runner’s need store Monument for all his help and also my good friend Jen for coming along to take all this cool pictures of me during my gait analysis test 🙂
Most of the specialised running stores provide a video gait analysis service. For all my UK based friends all Runner’s need stores provide this service for free 🙂
*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and I did not receive any reimbursement for writing it. This is my personal opinion.