Time and time again, I hear people saying that they just can’t run. It hurts too much. They get injured all the time. My next question is always, “Did you get fitted for your running shoe?” More often than not, the answer is no. They just went to a store and picked up the cheapest (or prettiest) pair that they could find. Definitely not the way to start a running plan.
This happened to my sister-in-law, Morgan. She was given a pair of shoes that were on a big sale, and started running in them. For only $40, these shoes were awesome, right? Wrong! She has had such bad shin splints that she hurts even when walking around. So of course, I had to jump in and help. No one should have a bad running experience!
We headed to a local running store Fit2Run, where they offer gate analysis, and have the biggest running shoe inventory in town! Seriously, they have 2 walls that look like this! Pretty awesome.
They also offer a few running groups with specified plans. One of the groups was there when we got there to try on shoes. There was a pretty good turnout. If you are looking for a Summer Running Plan in the Tampa area, check out Fit2Run!
First, Morgan hopped on a platform that could feel where she puts the most pressure just standing, along with her center of gravity, and the height of her arches.
From here, the associate could tell whether she needed a more high arched shoe, or something more moderate. From the sensors, Morgan needed a shoe with a moderate arch, as she has decently high arches, but nothing crazy. The red color is where she puts the most pressure, then yellow is next, all the way to blue where she puts the least amount of pressure.
Then, the associate went and grabbed Morgan a pair of shoes to hop on the treadmill with. This is when the true analysis started. Morgan ran for a total of about 30 seconds, just long enough to get in a few good strides so we could see whether she has a neutral foot (ankle is straight), pronates (ankle rolls in), or supinates (ankle rolls out).
We could immediately see that her left ankle (which just so happens to be the leg with the bad shin splints) curves in a lot more than her right. She is definitely a pronator. Her right ankle didn’t cave in nearly as much, but still came in a little bit. Morgan was definitely in need of a moderate stability shoe.
The store rep went and grabbed four different pair of shoes – Brooks, Saucony, Mizuno, & Asics. Morgan started off with by putting on the Brooks Adrenaline and the Saucony’s, and walked around. She decided the Saucony’s were not for her, and then put on another shoe, but left on the Brooks. She did this with every shoe, weighing the pros and cons of each, and then made her final decision. Brooks it is! For her, it was her favorite feel, with enough stability and not too much cushion.
Now, Brooks are definitely my favorite shoe, but I definitely was not pushing them on Morgan. She asked what I run in, and of course I told her, but I wanted her to make her own decision of what she liked best. She just so happened to choose the Brooks Adrenaline. I can not wait to see how her running goes now that she has a shoe made for her foot! Good Luck Morgan!!!
Have you ever been fit for a shoe? Did you like it more or less than the shoe you were wearing before?
I wore the wrong shoes for years, and was always having issues. I switched to the Brooks Glycerins, and I haven’t looked back since!