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10/4/12 11:18 A

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That would be something great for me to do, but I'm almost sure that there is no place on my island that does it. I might just have to wait until I go to Miami to get that done :) Thanks for the info sis!

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10/3/12 1:44 P

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Great information!

When I first started running C25K, I used what I thought were great running shoes. Within the first couple weeks I developed very painful shin splints. I stopped running and decided to use the advise I had been reading from experienced runners on SparkPeople. The nearest specialty running store was 30 miles so I had to wait for the best opportunity to go. After I had my gait analysis and was offered several suggested correct shoes for my particular gait, no more shin splints. I no longer have to travel so far since my running coach suggested the store inside our gym where the owners have their training in gait analysis.

The only real investment needed for running: a good pair of running shoes that have been specifically fitted for you.

Finished: Walt Disney World Marathon, January 13, 2013.
Finished: Disney Princess Half, February 2013
Finished: Orange Blossom Half and 5K, March 3, 2013
Finished: Divas Half, N Myrtle Beach, April 2013

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10/3/12 12:08 A

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Gait is the way in which we move our whole body from one point to another.
Gravity & Mass x (Feet + ankles + legs + knees + hips) x Motion = Your Gait

Gait analysis usually involves walking or running on a treadmill. In some cases the professional will simply watch the way that you move, looking in particular at your feet, ankles, knees and hips. In more specialist settings, a video recorder will often be set-up behind the treadmill, which will record film of your gait cycle. This can then be relayed to a laptop where slow motion and freeze frames can be used to carefully assess your running or walking style. This form of gait analysis usually focuses on the feet and ankles. Watch our video on treadmill gait analysis here.

I went to a local running store to have a free gait analysis done. The analysis took less than 15 minutes, but provided a wealth of information. Now, I know that I overpronate and need shoes that will support my gait... by doing this, I will avoid injuries down the line.

If you haven't had a gait analysis, please consider having one before you purchase your next set of running shoes. You might as well invest in shoes that will provide the support that you need for your particular gait.

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