When I first started on my fitness journey the first thing I did was start running regularly. I found that I was constantly in pain afterwards, at first I thought it was just because I was terribly out of shape. It took a month or so for me to realize that my shin splints and knee pain weren’t normal. First I tried Dr Scholls Active Series insoles and they seemed to help for a week or so before I was back to square one.I tried running in my Addidas, and I’ve ran in my Nikes and neither provided any relief. I kept having to take time off from running because of the excruciating pain that would radiate through my legs every time I put sole to pavement. I knew that if I wanted to accomplish my goal of running a 5k in the near future that I absolutely had to try to find a solution for this.
Does any of this sound familiar to you? If it does, take the time to go to a local footwear company of yours ASAP. I promise you won’t regret it. I went to the Asics store and had a stride analysis done. All this really entails is a store associate watching you walk barefoot to evaluate your foot fall. A lot of employees at running speciality stores are trained to do this. After having my analysis done I was told that I over pronate pretty severely. Pronation is a natural motion of the foot but depending on your foot arch you could over pronate or under pronate which can cause shin splints and joint pains.
Over pronation affects about 85% of people so don’t feel ashamed if you’re one of them. A proper pair of shoes can seriously change your running game. I highly recommend Asics. I’ve been a Nike girl for years and I’ll never go back after putting my Asics to the test, different things work for everyone though so figure out what’s best for you. If a new pair of shoes is not in your budget right now, at least try to get a stride analysis done and try some well structured insoles and compression socks. Please try to get running shoes that are properly suited for you as soon as possible though. A proper running shoe can greatly reduce your risk of injury and can even help improve your stride. No, good running shoes aren’t cheap. I was lucky enough to find my Asics on a clearance rack for $50 but usually you’ll be likely to spend $100+ for a pair of well structured running shoes. Cheap is not always good!
I hope this helps some of my fellow beginning runners out there, if you have anymore helpful tips or tricks drop them in the comments, sharing is caring!