Finally..... I got myself into the local running store to get properly fitted for shoes. And why am I saying finally you ask? Well, I got a gift certificate for Valentine's day and still hadn't used it. Then there was the fiasco with my shoes during the OC Marathon in May.
Last week when I was off work on friday, I finally got myself in there since I only had one munchkin in tow. Well, got the membership to the store, which would later buy me an advanced fitting, some discounts, and a shirt. The owner, who does the advanced fittings, wasn't in that day. Figures.
So, Saturday, no matter what, I decided I was getting in there. First I took the kids to the movies (Hannah Montana is playing at the local discount theatre - $1.75 a ticket ) that way they'd get some play time and would be pacified for a while. Afterwards, off to The Running Lab. I told them to grab some books and when we got there told them to plant their you know whats in the chair and read quietly.
And so we started the fitting process. With the advanced fitting, they not only measure your foot, legs, check your ankles and observe you walking. They put pieces of red tape on you in various places, mark you up in others and then get you on a treadmill with a video camera to observe how you run. With the markers on you, they are points for observation that the vidoeo, when downloaded to the computer, and some pretty nifty software, can be used to measure and observe whether you're balanced, under/overpronating/ and all sorts of other cool stuff.
The end result: They found that my form is good, and balanced. My stride is good too with properly heel and mid-foot strike etc. But, I do pronate a little as I carry through the stride so that I'm leaning slight inward on my ankle. Basically I'm avoiding having the stress of the weight carry through onto the bunion (surgery is in my future, I know). It's the type of thing that long term can lead to shin splints, pain in ankles, knees, hips etc. He said, what has probably saved me thus far is that I have good form and balance.
So the prescription - motion control shoes. I'm now the proud owner of a pair of Brooks Addiction 8, and so far so good. I ran 6 miles in them yesterday, and another 5 this morning. I do feel the muscles on the insides of my legs and my gluts are a little sore from being forced into a straighter position. But I do feel good running in them.
And with that it's time to gear for the next race - SF Marathon (1st half)