Well I had my gait analysis done on Tuesday. I went to the Sweatshop in Hatfield and was the only one in there the whole time so I had the lovely assistant all to myself for a full hour!! She didn't put me on the treadmill as I've not run on one before and she wanted me to run naturally, not looking at my feet the whole time, so I ran up and down the shop instead.
I also took in some of my footwear so she could see the wear on them - a pair of boots that I've had for about a year that cave inwards towards each other because the heel is worn at such an angle (abit like all those Uggs you see walking around!). I also took in the trainers that I bought before starting C25K and yes they are rubbish for running in so that was £35 down the drain, and my shins are still suffering because of them!
The assistant confirmed that I have over-pronation and needed some decent support. My feet are also abit of a funny size and shape and just didn't suit some of the running shoes I tried on (about 15 pairs I think!). So of course in the end it turns out that the most expensive ones are the ones that suit me best and give the most support so I waved goodbye to £95 but hello to my proper fab new running shoes!
I haven't worn them out of the house yet as my shins are still hurting. I'm not sure whether to wait until the pain completely goes (but how long will that take!?) or to try to continue with the podcasts. The last time I ran was Saturday when I did W3R1, so I've now missed 2 runs. I might start week 3 again this Saturday and if I end up in more pain then I'll have to give it a longer rest, and just do some calf stretches in the meantime.
Moral of the story: get a gait analysis done, preferably before you have an injury! Lesson learned!
I was looking forward to running in this frosty fresh air. Hope everyone else is doing well x