My Shoes Have Been Doing it Wrong All Along

When we first started running, Julie and I decided to get new running shoes as a “reward” when we completed a mile in our workouts. Four weeks in, we decided a cumulative 1.5 miles was just as good.

I heard about Missouri Running Company from a co-worker who recently took up running. She said their video gait analysis showed she was running in shoes completely opposite of what she should be wearing — causing considerable knee pain.

I was warned to make sure my feet were clean and heels were not disgustingly cracked, as slo-mo is not kind to non-pedicurers.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve not run barefoot since I moved to Missouri — where odd plants called sandburs attack your feet by embedding themselves in your skin for the rest of your life.

Running barefoot on a treadmill was a completely new experience.

Just in case it’s been awhile since your last video gait analysis, here’s how it goes. You run on a treadmill barefoot — which feels much faster than it actually is. Your feet are videoed then replayed in slow motion and your gait is analyzed. Each bounce, awkward side swing and unnatural toe hook is in plain sight. Then, the shoe/running experts recommend several different shoe styles that will make each step feel like you’re bouncing on marshmallows.

Oddly enough, Julie and I were fitted with the same shoe style — Nike Lunarglide+ 3 — which comes in a variety of odd color combinations.

We had to move our regular Friday morning run to Saturday, and surprisingly, I’m actually looking forward to it!

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2 thoughts on “My Shoes Have Been Doing it Wrong All Along

  1. Jennifer says:

    That’s the store where I got my Vibrams, I should have had them look at my gait.

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