Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Shoe Do

If you're in the market for a new pair of shoes, it's a great idea to bring your old pair with you to the running store.  Did you know shoes can tell a great deal about the way you run and your gait?

Try this on for size:

1.  Place your shoes side by side on a elevated surface like a table, with the toes pointing toward you.

2.  Look at the shoes from eye level.

3.  If either or both lean noticeably to one side, or are obviously worn, then you have either:

*  Over-pronation, if they lean inward.  In which case Stability models are best for you.

*  Underpronation, if they lean outward.  Then neutral shoes are best for you.

Typically you will have an under or overpronation on at least one foot.  This is normal.  Only about 20 percent of runners have a neutral running gate.  Consider yourself lucky if that is you.  

Oh, and don't worry, there's all kinds of crazy running styles out there.  A lot people have learned to perfect their styles and run FAST!  Keep good form in your mind, but RELAX while you run and enjoy it.

And thanks Newton, for the tips.


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