Saturday, March 13, 2010

Running update

I'm having severe pain in my shin area when running, especially on my left shin. I've asked around and people have different suggestions but the most common theme was that I needed new shoes. I got to looking and the running shoes I bought were NOT for road running so that could be a big part of the problem.

Friday, we were headed to Chattanooga and I wanted to stop at Big Peach Running Store because I read about the service they offer to match you up with the correct shoe. Basically, they take 2 measurements; first they use a tool that measures your pressure points when you stand to determine your arch type and where your center of balance is. The second test is to record you running on the treadmill for a few minutes to see if you over/under pronate or have a neutral running type. Alice was the employee that helped us and she was VERY knowledgeable and opened my eyes to some of the mistakes I had made.

I found out that I have medium to high arches (my right arch being considerable higher than my left) and I have a slight to moderate pronation when I run. This means that when I land, my foot tends to kind of "roll" inward and therefore I need a shoe with good arch support AND "structured cushioning" on the inside to help prevent/ease the over pronation. Then came the fun part... trying on shoes. I tried on about eight pair of shoes and several combinations of them to determine which ones "felt" the best to me. I was asked to take a short run in each pair to see if I could tell a difference. I tried on Nike, Saucony, Brooks, New Balance, and Asics... the first pair I tried on ended up being the ones that felt the best out of all of them... the Asics GEL-Kayano® 16.... wow, what a shoe! Out of all the ones I tried on, these were simply amazing.. the fit and comfort level was heads above any shoe I've ever owned (and trust me, I have about 15 pair of shoes right now!).

So I learned through this process that shoes, the right shoes, are super important. I made an uneducated selection of my first pair of shoes and ended up with an all terrain shoe that appears to have been a really bad choice. I learned about the different kinds of pronation when running and how a shoe can help correct/compensate for that style to make your runs more comfortable on your feet.

I'm hoping to get out and test these shoes this weekend and get back on track for my Couch to 5K running program! :)


  1. I'm glad you found some good shoes! I had so many problems with my old shoes and since I have had my Brooks I have zero problems, even with my flat feet and severe pronation! so I agree, shoes are the thing.

  2. Good idea to head to the shoe store. I finished C25K last year and found out around week 3 that it's all about the shoes. I also ran at a park that host Cross Country events for the local high schools. Running on dirt and grass is much easier on your joints and shins than concrete or asphalt. If you must run on the pavement asphalt is softer than concrete.

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