Couch to 5K

Gait or not to Gait

Looks like I'm hooked, so looking at other blogs I'd decided to get this checked out and buy a decent pair of trainers. I've phoned a couple of shops about this and because I really only intend to run on trails (not roads) I've been told that a gait test is not necessary and just to buy a trail pair. Any thoughts on this as I'm a bit confused and don't want to put myself at risk of injury?

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I think you should still get gait analysed! I nordic walk and got a pair of hybrid shoes that are suitable for walking or jogging on trails or roads. I over pronate and was fitted with shoes that help correct that. I tend to wear those shoes over the fields and tracks and the more bouncy less grippy shoes on the roads.


Yep, get your gait analysed; best safe than sorry.



Perhaps what they really mean is that manufacturers don't seem to cater for much variety of gait in their trail shoes?


Its correct that there isnt as many support shoe options in trail shoes but thats no reason not to be anaylised especially as its free at good running shops


Just come back with my new Asics Gel Cumulus 13 - had gate analysis done and came out neuteral foot strike and this shoe I'm told will be perfect for the type of trail running I do - guy knew exactly where I ran so understood conditions, also got a foot mould done just to be on the safe side and combined they feel great and supportive - out to christen them in the morning, WK7 R2!

Thanks for all your comments.


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