So now that I'm increasing the miles training for the great north run I decided it was time for gait analysis. I'd been running in a neutral shoe sold to me by a running shop 2 years ago but without gait analysis (I hasten to add I've not been running 2 years, the shoes would be shot!, I've only put mileage on them since I started c25k late Oct). I went to Sweatshop in the Metrocentre and the guy was great! Turns out although I have a normal arch my feet roll inwards and need a support shoe not a neutral one (all shown to me on their slow mo camera). Glad I haven't done any damage to myself (apparently although I was running in the wrong pair I was running in a top of the range shoe, I had no clue they were a sale bargain) very happy I've had it done, trainers to prevent injury are a lot cheaper than physio!
I'd highly reccomend Sweatshop, the guy wasn't pushy at all (they make you custom insoles during the analysis but don't put you under pressure to buy them, I didn't although I could see the benefit but the cost of the shoes was enough for the day! He didn't make me feel bad for saying no) they also allow you to return shoes run with outdoors if you've had gait analysis done for another pair if you're not happy for any reason. oh and he told me if you mention you do parkrun you should get 10% off all their non sale stuff all day everyday
Can't wait to try these bad boys out, you can't miss me in them, happy running everyone!