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New shoes!

New shoes!

After a two-hour gait analysis, that is! Well, we started with a coffee, and some left-over flapjack, and every so often Mike had to go and attend to another customer, so it wasn't exactly pressured, but I arrived at the shop at 10am and left at 11:55am :O

But with new shoes :)

I had been suffering from bruised toenails - four of them, after increasing my distances. My Brooks had only done about 440km, but because I am overweight I always wonder if that puts more stress on them. I'd also noticed that my hip and knee have been sore after a run, and the pain in my shin has been waking me up at night. Not good. So I booked an appointment for a gait analysis, thinking that new shoes might be needed.

We talked about my running - what surfaces I normally run on and what distances I do, and what pace I tend to run at. (Slow.) My current shoes are Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17, designed for over-pronators, which I've always been told is what I do.

Mike measured my feet - length and width - twice. I stood on a bit of perspex over a slanted mirror to check my arches (?). I have one foot longer, wider and flatter than the other, which doesn't really help when it comes to finding shoes. Any shoes. He put me in Scotts to start with and I ran on the dreadmill and was videoed. The Scott is a neutral shoe but has a <thing> (I don't know, some technical doohickey) that means that if you do pronate, it will throw you even further off centre. I didn't, much...

The Scotts were narrow, though, so we moved on to an On, which was sort of okay, and then a Hoka, which was wonderful, and then another On, which was very much not okay (too narrow), and then another On, which Mike said would 'challenge me' (I think this is the equivalent of an undulating course). It did - it was very weird and I was sort of pushing my feet forward and at the same time scraping my heels. Mike tactfully suggested that perhaps I wasn't quite ready for these yet (too slow was what he meant). Then he put me back in another On which was more like what I was used to and it was okay. Then there could have been an Altra involved as well but at this point I was starting to glaze over, as I'd dreadmilled all of them. I reckon I did about a km today!

The Hokas rock you slightly forwards (a bit like a FitFlop, if you're familiar with them), and you could see on the video the differences in how I landed (heel/mid foot) between these and the Ons and the Scotts. He was a bit worried that I'd be worried that these are men's, but I'm used to that and I'm not overly bothered about pink shoes anyway, so that was okay.

Once we'd agreed on the Hokas he checked I'd laced them tightly enough and sorted the heel lock for me (ten thumbs, me). I then had to stand on an incline forwards, and a really steep slope coming downhill to make sure they didn't slip. He tried them with a heel wedge, just to be sure, but I felt this was pushing me out of the shoe and it was rubbing slightly on my ankle bone, so we decided to do without those.

And that was it! I feel very thoroughly analysed. After all that, I desperately hope that they are right, because I find buying shoes a complete nightmare. I didn't have time to take them for a trot today but will do so tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

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Those are lovely, Annie. Happy running in them.

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Thanks, Joy!

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They look great Annie.

Was that Mike in Matlock? I have been thinking of trying Matlock and Hoka's.

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Yes, at Run Forest. I would definitely recommend him - and of course the cake! It was by far the most thorough GA I've ever had. Most measure and then try different shoes, but no one has ever considered the arch, or put me on a slope and then re-measured to see if my feet slipped.

I'll take them out for a quick trot round tomorrow and see how they feel :O

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Nice! Very nice! 😎🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️

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I hope so! :)

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Oooh marvellous! Sounds right good! He told me though that Scott's were wide in the toe box.

It sounds a right thorough job Murph. I love them! They look brilliant. I hope you get on well together. I can imagine you running off into the Wide blue yonder together 🙂👟🏃‍♀️👍✔️

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We did have a bit of a moment when I tried the Scotts on first and said they felt a bit narrow, and he said they were probably the widest he had in the shop! :O

The problem was with the webbing or whatever you call it - the banding round the edges. It sat just where it shouldn't on my feet and made the upper uncomfortable.

I will try them tomorrow morning first thing before I go off over the Cat and Fiddle (in the car, I'm not running that!) and see what they feel like for real, not on a dreadmill. Fingers (and toes) crossed!

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They are lovely Annie ! Aliboo and her bro Paul have these too .

Mike sounds like a gals dream, he did a really good job by the sounds of it .

Hope you have a great time together ! :-) xxx

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Thanks, Pops! Quite a lot of people seem to like them but Mike said they are a bit like Marmite :D

I do hope me and the hokas get on well :O We will see! xxx

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Happy running! They MUST fit after all that trying and testing! You will fly🏃

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Surely they must fit! Unless there was something in the coffee :D

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Wow - what a detailed analysis, very good! Hopefully they will be just fine :)

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I hope so! I certainly felt listened to, which has not always been the case with a shoe fitting.

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Wow, very detailed post. Did he say what was causing the bruised toenails Anniemurph ?

My fingers are crossed, keep us posted!

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Originally that my shoes were too small, then when he looked at them, he thought they might be too big causing my toes to claw to try to keep my feet stable in the shoe. It wasn't my longest toes that were bruised, which is more normally a sign of too small shoes.

Complicated, this shoe fitting business! I've just taken them for a quick trot round, and they seem fine. Fingers crossed indeed!

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Gosh, we all need a Mike 🙂He sounds brilliant!

Fabby looking shoes Annie, happy running days in them 🏃🏃🏃

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Thanks, IP! He certainly seems to know what he's talking about, and the shoes felt comfortable on my test run this morning :)

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🤗🤗🤗

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Did he have altras? I never tried one of those on.

Have a fab run today shug Gawd bless them shoes and all who ...... 👍😃🏃‍♀️✔️👟

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Yes, Altras :)

I'm just back from a bounce round the 'hood. It was grand! Just an easy 3k to see what happened. They felt great :)

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Yeah baby! Fantastico 👍😃. I bet they look fab on. Shame to get em mucky int it 😁

I'm just having a cuppa tea and then I am going to get the dawg 🙄 Here goes ..... creak

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Mucky? I'm not going to get them mucky! No way am I going out in the rain, or going anywhere that isn't tarmac-ed! They are too bee-yoo-tiful :D

How are you feeling this morning?

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Really looking forward to hearing how the new shoes work out as I am pondering a session myself. It does sound way more thorough than the gait analysis I had elsewhere which resulted in the purchase of the worst footwear I've ever run in (which at the time I was able to return and swap for something wonderful so no worries) Although I have genuine concerns that I may not make what should be a 10 minute tops walk back up the hill after all that!

My son is really happy with his On walking-around trainers from there - has usually started bleating about falling apart by this point...

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My 3k test run this morning looks very promising. You do need to train, then rest up and carb load for the training session - sorry, gait analysis session, though :D

I have been having problems with my right hip, knee and shin. I don't expect these to go away miraculously overnight with new shoes because I suspect I have been compensating for something and have been running wrongly for a while. Mike did give advice on my running form as well though, which I could see on the videos, so that was helpful too. On the whole it's not bad but he said what James Dunne says too, that running a little bit wider is better i.e. as though you are running either side of the white line in the road as we tend to keep our hips very narrow. Well, my hips are not narrow, but you know what I mean :D

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Swanky!

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Bouncy! :)

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Looking good... hope they do what you want them to :) x

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Thank you! Early signs are good :) x

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Very nice. I have Hokas too and absolutely love them.......soooo light! Happy running!

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Thank you! They are light, for something that looks quite massive :D

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