I have been trying to improve my running skills for the past years ,and I have learned and experimented with things that really makes “the ride” more enjoyable. Usually listening to the perfect playlist, having good earphones and controlling your breathing were the first steps I had in mind, but it seems to be not enough!
I have found out that wearing the right running shoes is mandatory if you’re looking to have the perfect run. In the past, not only did I not ever get a good run but also and most important: I could injury my body pretty bad.
So I did some research and visited couple shoe stores to find the right running shoes. After a treadmill test, I had discovered my feet were over pronators, which basically means that I strike the ground with my heel and it rolls inward onto the front… Then I bought the model with most support on the back and construction to wrap up my mid foot giving it a glove- like fit. Stability and support are strict needed in my case.
Also because all of that , I have started to rebuild my sense of good posture, as before I did not have good shoes, but now feeling confident and protected by my new companions, I gained the consciousness on how to move my whole body. In my daily walking routine I have been trying to correct some mistakes made in the past by continuously repeating bad habits – it’s not as easy as it seems-determination and focus are keys to success!
You might also have either over pronation or under pronation. If you’re lucky, you have a neutral running gait. Check your most worn running shoes soles to see which kind are you, they should look like one of these:
Don’t forget to ALWAYS stand on both feet!
And good luck running with in your perfect gait!
Edited. First published on March 24th 2014.