Monday, 11 January 2016

Analysing My Running Gait And Buying New Running Shoes

I finally got my running gait analysed this week, bought some very expensive running shoes, bought a massive foam roller, lost some more weight, went for my longest run of the year and I'm off work all this week so I plan to finally get on top of all the blogging I've been falling behind on.

Buying New Running Shoes


This was long overdue, but as my Mum had got me a very generous running shop voucher for Christmas I thought I'd drive to Belfast and spend an hour picking the right running shoes. I wanted to get to the shop (Podium 4 Sport) as soon as it opened, but I realised that my current running shoes were a bit dirty and smelly. I thought it would be nicer for the sales assistant to have them cleaned, so I threw them in a short wash, forgetting just how long it takes to dry them. So out came the hairdryer to make them less wet..


My old green running shoes. The hairdryer is Sheldon's. He loves it. 


After I got them half dried, I set off and arrived to a very busy store. I guess a combination of the new year and reduced prices brings every man and his dog to sports shops..

First up was getting my running gait analysed. I had never got this done, and actually felt quite self conscious when I got on the treadmill. I thought I'd be put through my paces, but we only got up to a light jog before slowing down again. I guess that's all that it takes?

I should have got this done a long time ago, as it turns out that up until now I've been buying the wrong shoes. I was told that I had a "perfect running style" (really????????), and that I needed a neutral running shoe. We spoke for a while after hearing this, and he suggested that this could be why I always get sore calf muscles when running. So my advice to the world would be... get your running gait analysed.

Next up was choosing a running shoe. I've been wearing Asics for years, so I decided to just stay with them. I tried on a couple of different pairs, before choosing the green ones. They also turned out to be the most expensive, but they felt so much more comfortable. So, I present to you my brand new, bright green running shoes...... Asics Gel Nimbus 17.

Asics Gel Nimbus 17
Asics Gel Nimbus 17


Originally they were £135, but I got £13.50 off as it was during the sale. The guy serving me actually made a mistake and charged me £104 which I only discovered after I had left the shop and was sitting in the car. However, there is a lot to be said for karma, so I brought them back and paid the difference. Whoever said honesty pays was wrong.... But he'd been really helpful and I didn't want to get him into trouble.

They are slightly cheaper if you look online for them, but the advice and running gait analysis made up for the difference in price. If you live in Northern Ireland I would recommend checking out Podium 4 Sport. I also bought a foam roller for £30, but I haven't used it yet. Yeah, £30 for something I hate using...

Losing Weight And My Longest Run Of The Year


This morning I weighed myself and to my delight I am still under 200 lbs. In fact I am 199.2 lbs, which considering I haven't been running much isn't bad. I haven't had any chocolate cravings recently, so maybe that is why it's staying off. I took a picture of myself and I'll continue to do that with every 5 lb goal I reach. If I hit my target weight of under 160 lbs I'll post them all on here. I won't do it just yet, as it's just one fat picture. You can see all my goals in my 35 Running Goals For 2016 post.

Asics Gel Nimbus 17
Asics Gel Nimbus 17


As I'm off work this week, I slept in (after a 12 hour sleep!) and then took Sheldon out for a run. I used my new Garmin to help keep me on pace, and we did a slow 4 mile run. It's not a very long distance, but my fitness has gone to pot over the past few months, and I struggled through it. My running shoes seemed to be a good choice, but I'm worried that I should have maybe got half a size bigger...

A very cold 4 mile run.
A very cold 4 mile run. 


One thing I noticed was that I had no calf pain whatsoever. I've had a couple of runs so far this year, and that is the first time that they have not hurt. Maybe it was me wearing the wrong running shoes all this time that caused them to be sore.

Sheldon and his new Duck. 


Sheldon enjoyed the run, but after getting back and feeding him, he was ready to start playing and wanted to go out again. He is so much fitter than me at the minute. I bought him a few new toys this week, and the Duck seems to be a favourite. I also took this funny picture of him looking through the rails at the top of the stairs...



He's also in for a treat later today as I'm bringing him to my Mum's house to help her get ready to move house. Her Guide Dog Alex and Sheldon love playing together, so they can do that as I help her with a lot of heavy lifting and throwing things out. She is very nearly blind now, so I have to make sure she doesn't throw anything important away...

So I'm off to have a very busy day helping out, and getting a few other things sorted. Maybe I'll get one lazy day during my week off...

James

Have you bought any new running gear for the new year? Have you had your running gait analysed?




8 comments:

  1. Asics are my first running shoe love! I haven't bought any new running shoes yet this new year, but I do have a couple pairs of shorts and a pair of compression socks on the way.

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    1. Thanks for reminding me to add shorts to my list!!!!! I have some, but they don't have a zip which is a pain. I started wearing compression socks last year, and now I swear by them :)

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  2. I have not bought new shoes yet...but they are needed. And at $120, I haven't pulled the trigger on them.
    But I will need to break them in so I can wear them for the rest of training.
    I haven't had my running gait analyzed, but I did a fair amount of walking. I land on the outside of my foot, roll forward on the outside and push off from there. Because of that, and my knee, I wear the Mizuno Wave Paradox, they help with the stability I need.

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    1. Yeah I thought I landed on the outside, but when I saw the video it turned out that I was a neutral runner. I'd definitely recommend it, I wish I'd had it done years ago.. Although after it all they'd probably tell you to wear the Mizuno Wave Paradox lol

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  3. I've had my gait analysed a couple of times at the running store. Each time I was already wearing the correct style shoe, so nothing different for me. Good choice on the Nimbus! I like them a lot. I either wear Newton shoes, or Asics Nimbus. They are completely opposite in terms of their feel, but I like them both. Nimbus are a nice cushy ride!! I always get a half size bigger than my street shoes, but I still have terrible toenail issues (many damaged black ones...). I would think bigger shoes would take care of that issue, but I guess not!

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    1. Yeah, they are cushy alright.... I think I might buy a cheaper pair in the next week or so, so I can rotate and make them last a bit longer.

      I'm quite lucky that I haven't had many toe or feet issues. So far anyway. I've actually never heard of Newton, I'm just Googling them now....:)

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    2. The good thing about Newton shoes for me is that they are a special shoe some people like but others don't. I get super great deals for barely used or new shoes on Ebay. Just bought 2 brand new pairs (close outs) for $45 and $48. They retail for $175. (sorry, you have to do the currency conversion on that one!) I haven't found as many deals for Nimbus shoes on Ebay, but I have bought a few pairs that way. Worth checking out for you maybe!

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  4. Glad to hear that you didn't have calf pain! I've never been able to wear Asics but it's a brand that alot of my friends wear.

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