Now as a person who buys running shoes quite regularly it’s nice to verify ever now then that you are running in the right type of shoe. For me, I usually just went with what felt good at the time and never thought much of it after that.
Well at our running store, we do a little analysis for every customer and watch and record them running on the treadmill to see if they are overpronating or not.
For a more in depth look at this topic check out this Runner’s World article.
Normal pronation is the heel making contact with the ground and rolling in 15%.
Overpronating is when your heel makes contact with the ground, but actually rolls inward more than the normal 15%.
Now I’ve heard these words thrown around a lot and never really paid attention until two weeks ago when I was paid to. But now I so wish I had.
I felt the best way to understand it for myself was to do my own self analysis. So on the treadmill I went.
Now the deal with overpronating is this…you are rolling inward farther than the normal amount on your foot and your foot and ankle are going to have more trouble stabilizing your body when your foot hits the ground. In return, this could cause injury if you are not running the correct shoe.
After my self analysis I was surprised to see this.
I’m an overpronator!! I honestly had no idea I ran like this. A normal pronator’s foot would be more flat on the treadmill, whereas mine rolls in.
The easiest way to correct this problem is to find shoes that have stability built in them. This can help stabilize your foot, so you don’t roll inward when you land.
It’s sort of frustrating to realize that I have been running in the wrong shoes all these years. But I am excited now to try a shoe with a little extra stability.
I’ll be sure to keep you posted with what shoes I purchase next. But in the meantime I have my eyes on these ones.
These are a more minimalist version of Brooks with stability built in.
I’ve always been an Asics girl, but with all the running I’ve been doing in my vibrams, I would like to keep running in something lighter. The Cadence will be a better transition shoe for me, and the Adrenaline will hopefully help with my overpronation issue.
Are you a normal pronator or overpronator?
Disclaimer: I’m not an expert on this topic, but thought I would share some information that I am learning.