After a 2 month physio stint for a knee injury, I’m finally back out running. When I initially began running I had no goals and no real idea if I would be able to stick it out. That meant I was running in old running shoes and wasn’t really interested in my technique or training.
— Jamie-Leigh (@JamieLeighTO) December 12, 2014
Now that I’ve discovered my love for running and have invested in better shoes, great winter running equipment, and have started training for my first 10k race (how did that happen?!), I have been increasingly interested on how I can improve my technique and avoid re-injury. So this week, I headed over to the Nike Running store in the Toronto Eaton Centre to have a gait analysis performed.
After drooling over the new Lava print tights for a bit I let a staff member know that I was interested and one helped me get set up right away. They set me up in a pair of Nike Free 5.0 Running Shoes and had me run on the treadmill for a few minutes while they took a video of my feet and legs from both the back and the side. Afterwards, they walked me through the video explaining pronation (inward rolling of the foot), my strike, and any rotation of my feet as I run. Then all of the results are emailed to me with a quick video.
Now that I know that I’m outfitted in the best shoes for my training (I had bought the same ones I was recommended a week earlier!), I’m looking forward to learning more about how avoid injuries while running as I train for the Sporting Life 10k. And while a year ago I didn’t even think I could do that, I even have my fingers crossed that I’ll get a chance to run in the Nike Women’s 15k in Toronto for the first time this summer.