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Its gait analysis day

As my little treat to myself and before I embark on the sunny uplands of week 9, I’m off to get my new trainers and find out what sort of “runner” I am (still seems odd writing that!) apart from slow and steady! Any tips from you amazing people so I don’t feel completely bamboozled by the tech speak. I sort of know about pronation, but is there anything else? Thanks

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The shop I go to is lovely, doesn’t use unnecessary jargon and explains things to me in words I can understand, so I hope yours is just as good!

The most important thing is, of course, to post a pic of your new shoes here when you get home! :D

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Just remember that you have to do it naked, so they can see your form whatnot. So take a hot drink to warm up afterwards as they'll want you to run outside for several hours while you try on all the shoes :)

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Thanks !! 🤦🏻‍♀️

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Make sure you tell them where you run, trails roads etc. Also what you want to do in future. If you plan to eventually do marathons you need to do serious miles.

Ask if they have older styles/colour as might be cheaper.

Do post a picture 😊

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Enjoy!

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If you are of that persuasion, remember to wear your sports bra 😊

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There is a guide to shoes healthunlocked.com/couchto5...……………..which-shoes and a guide to gait analysis healthunlocked.com/couchto5...………..what-why-where.

These reside in the FAQ POSTS, which are in the Pinned posts column.

Take your old shoes with you; they tell a story. Wear clothing that you can run in. Don't bluff it; tell them you are a new runner and don't be afraid to ask questions.

Don't be brand led and you don't have to buy what is on offer, if you think you can buy cheaper elsewhere.

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Dont worry, leave the technical side to them. Tbey will tell you if you have a neutral gait or if you under or over pronate, then they will bring out a nimber of shoes for you to try. Just make sure whoever fits you makes sure the shoes are fitting correctly. Running shoes are seldom true to size. I have On Clouds and On Cloudflyers, one of which is size 8 1/2 one of which is size 9, and I take a 7 to 7 1/2 in day to day shoes. You need about a finger’s width between your toe and the end of the shoe, make sure they are not too wide or too narrow and that there is enough space to move your big toe up and down within the toe box, and Bob’s your uncle.

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Thanks for ( nearly) all the advice! Sadly, no picture of new trainers yet, as travel arrangements failed me and I didn’t have enough time to get it all done yesterday, inbetween work appointments ☹️

Still, I shall remain undaunted and push on through week 9 and try again next week, as my graduation prize! Whoop whoop! 🏃🏼‍♀️👟🤞🏻

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