Breaking News: I Overpronate

Yesterday, Kristen and I went for an eleven mile run.[WOOO ELEVEN MILES!!] After more whining than I would like to admit, I proudly declared that I was finally going to go and get my running technique analyzed.

I’ve been experiencing a couple of random aches in my left foot for a few weeks now. Sometimes its the top of my ankle, others its the arch in my foot, and sometimes its just me wishing I was sleeping instead of running. I’ve just been pushing through these random pains. Not the smartest idea, I know. But I kept telling myself that it would be fine if I did x, y, and z. Yeah, no.

With my races coming up in a few weeks, I began to worry that the pain might lead to injury. And if I were to get injured, I wouldn’t be able to compete. And that would be a terrible thing.

So, I went to Pacers Running Store where I was welcomed by very knowledgable sales associates. The woman helping me asked me a few questions about my current exercise habits, the shoes I was wearing, and what I am training for. I brought my current running shoes with me. Unfortunately I was unable to use the treadmill for the analysis because the server was down but I did get to run around the store.

The associate asked me to run from one end of the store to the other so she could observe my technique. Took about one second to figure out that my ankles collapse inward while I run.

After doing some basic research online, it turns out that most people have this same issue. Yayyy!

The good news is that really it just means that I need more support around my ankles for stabilization.

Once it was determined that I overpronate, we began the process of finding shoes that work well for me. This resulted in more running around the store in shoes.

 

Before deciding on these:

Totally excited to take them out for a run!

Fun fact about the shoes — they are an entire size bigger than what I would normally wear. Apparently, your running shoes should never be your normal size due to how your feet swell when you run and that they are cut more narrow than a typical shoe.

I totally recommend getting your gait analyzed at some point. More specifically by someone who actually knows what they are talking about. Its really beneficial. Go to a specialty store, a doctor, etc because it definitely can’t hurt to get it done. I am sad that it took experiencing pain to drive me in there, but I did it. Hooray!

Do you overpronate? What kind of shoes do you wear? Do you prefer shoes that are plain or colorful? Did you go running over the weekend? Let’s discuss!

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High Fives All Around

Friday night after writing about my fears, I went to sleep. Shockingly, I managed to do this with little issue. The nerves were ridiculous, y’all.

Saturday morning, I woke up at 5:45am. Seriously. I ate some cheerios and hung out for a little bit. Decided that watching a little bit of TV was a good idea so naturally I turned on my favorite channel, Investigation Discovery. The show on at 6am was Cold Blood. The plot… was about a woman that gets raped and murdered on a run. No joke. I can’t make this stuff up. So there I am chomping on my cheerios in my gear scared out of my wits that this could be me. Like the universe telling me to not go outside. I waited around for a little bit for the sun to really come out and then I was off.

And off I went. Just running. And running. And running.

For TEN MILES. Actually, 10.18 miles. I successfully ran 10.18 miles. And I am just as shocked as you are.

I achieved so many personal records during this run. I PR’d in distance (obviously), pace, and just overall time. When I ran eight miles, I had to stop and walk after six miles because of a leg pain and I ended up finishing in an hour and forty minutes. Last week when I did nine miles, it was a painful overall time of two hours and twenty-three minutes. For 10.18 miles, I completed it in an hour and fifty-eight minutes. REALLY!! Before Saturday, I had a tough time finishing five miles in under an hour and here I am doing ten miles in under two hours. And I ran my fastest [recorded] mile EVER.

Honestly, when I stopped, I cried. I was so overcome with emotion and accomplishment that I couldn’t control the few tears that sneaked out. If you had told me in April that by the first week in August I would be able to run 10 consecutive miles without stopping, I would’ve laughed in your face. In April, running this distance was not even on my radar, I just wanted to get back up to being able to run two miles without stopping to walk.

If you’re wondering why mile six was a little faster than the rest? I ran to the closest place I knew that was open and had a bathroom for a much needed bathroom break. Definitely running for a greater purpose at that moment.

Right now, I am continuing to enjoy the mass of endorphins from the ten miler. I am also a little [only a teensy bit] concerned about how the runs this week will go considering I seem to suffer from performance inconsistency.

The biggest question I need to ask myself right now is does this double digit training run make me a runner? Woahhhhh.