Driven on by my painful shins, I visited a 'proper' running shop for the first time today.
My intention was to buy some Rock tape to try in said painful shins. I described the pain in my shins to the very nice people at the shop and ended up having my gait analysed.
Now I've never been on a treadmill before. Well, I did once, at a hospital, walking and measuring my lung output (asthma!), but I've never run on one before. What a weird experience! I don't know how you people that do this whole programme on a treadmill manage it. I couldn't even let go. I resisted the urge to advise the shop employees to stand back to lower the risk of injury due to the fact that I wasn't wearing a sports bra and they were likely to suffer concussion if they stood too close. Running in a skirt was also an odd experience.
It turns out that I neither over or under-pronate. Terribly conventional and well behaved (neither of which I have ever been accused of being before). The nice young man (I'm getting old!) recommended that I just need shoes with more cushioning to help with my shins.
Well I'm sure you can guess what happened next. Oops, bought new trainers!