We all have different types of running gait, this is normal. It is important you have the correct running shoe.
WET FOOT PRINT TEST
How do I find out what shoe I need? Wet your feet and step on to a towel, take a note of your footprint.
Cushioned running Shoe
A neutral runner requires a cushioned shoe. If your footprint leaves a thin band or gap between your forefoot and heel on the outside of your foot. If you’re a neutral runner you will have a normal arch.
Underpronator, your foot doesn’t pronate (roll inwards), you will probably have a high, rigid arch.
Mild to moderate overpronator.
Your footprint will leave around half of the footprint on the outside of your foot. This means the arch will collapse through the gait cycle and the foot will roll inwards excessively.
This means the arch of your foot will collapse through the gait cycle and the foot will roll inwards severely. If you’re this type of runner, you’re likely to have a flat arch.
Trail shoes are specifically designed off road running, they are water proof and a more solid shoe for trails.
Choose you shoe depending on where your run the most, roads or trails.
TOP TIP: When a make upgrades it style it usually makes changes to the width weight so may not me the same shoe, if you like a shoe look on line as you can usually find the older version a lot cheaper than the newly designed shoe.
Always change your shoes after 500 miles and have a couple of pairs if you run a lot to rotate your shoe.
LACING YOUR SHOES
You can lace your shoes in different ways to suit your running style:
- Loop Lacing – snug fit
- Cross lacing – for a high arch
- Skip lacing – allow more room
- Extra eyelet – Black toes, helps your foot stay in the shoe
A MOMENT OF YOUR STYLE – RUNNING GEAR EXPLAINED
This is the layer nearest your skin, they provide warmth but wick the moisture away from the skin to keep you dry and cool. Depends on the time of year, what kit you would wear and the weather.
It is useful to have vest tops, t shirts, thermal, wind proof and waterproof tops. Hats to keep the heat in, cap to protect your head from the sun, and gloves.
- A t – shirt that wicks the moisture, short or long sleeved.
- Thermal top depending on the time of year over that.
- A windproof or running coat.
WHAT DOES WICKING MEAN?
Modern fabrics that wick the moisture from the skin. Running clothes are normally a mixture of polyester or polyester blends as they dry quicker, wool or cotton are absorbent and hold to much water.
It is important to get proper running socks, this will help with keeping your feet dry, blister free. There are lots of choices, I preferred thin socks, I found that thermal running socks gave me blisters, try a few makes.