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In the process of choosing my second running shoe in my life, I learned that there is a test that can make my choice a lot easier and save time that I would spend studying hundreds of models.
Gait ( English “movement”, “gait” ) analysis is a study that helps to choose a running shoe, taking into account the individual biomechanical characteristics of a person.
During the analysis, I learned that there are different types of foot position ( pronation ) and, taking into account this position, as well as several other factors, “your” running shoes are determined. According to the data I received at the time, running shoes suitable for my pronation should have reduced the likelihood of injury.
“Why do I need injuries?” – I thought, did a gait analysis, got the test results, and bought myself two pairs of recommended sneakers.
A year later, I wanted to buy myself minimalist sneakers and wondered what exactly I was risking, choosing sneakers without taking into account the results of gait analysis.
As always, everything turned out to be not so simple!
How and where to do a gait analysis
Word of mouth reached me that I had to find sneakers. Why exactly there?
It’s simple: these guys figured out the first to focus on the selection of running shoes and put equipment for analyzing the characteristics of your running right in the store. And also, perhaps not by chance, two times that I was there, I came across consultants who run themselves. I realized how important this is after I asked a consultant about running shoes at the Sketchers store (something like “does Sketchers have trail sneakers”) and got very round eyes in response.
How does gait analysis work? To begin with, you are asked to look at the height of your instep, which may indicate flat feet or excessive height of the arch of the foot.
I was offered to run barefoot on a treadmill, and my run was recorded by a camera (she stands behind), which broadcast everything on the monitor of a store employee.
It was enough just a couple of minutes of jogging. Since I run on treadmills once every few years, it was very unusual for me and I cannot say for sure that I ran in my usual manner.
During the test, a Run lab employee advised that pronation-based shoe selection is only important for those who run on asphalt and selects the appropriate shoe, and it doesn’t matter for the trail.
I liked that you can get a good look at how you actually run and it seemed funny that the idea of your running is different from what it really is.
As a result of the analysis, I noticed that when running, my feet seemed to fall inward (this is hyper pronation, about it – below) more than normal and I run on the heel. I can’t say that it made me happy then because I had been running for a couple of years and thought that I had just the perfect technique. But it didn’t really upset me.
To compensate for all these features, I was offered the following list of sneakers:
- Asics: MetaRun, Kayano, GT-4000, GT-2000, GT-1000
- Saucony: Guide, Guide ISO2 TR, Omni
- Nike: Structure
- New Balance: 870, Vongo
- Brooks: Adrenaline GTS, Transcend, Ravenna 10, Bedlam
And the pumping of the muscles of the legs (like, I already did it).