While training for the Two Oceans, I kept telling myself (and anyone who would listen), that I was quitting running and that I don’t know why I do this to myself.  I will definitely never run another half-marathon (or more), but then I saw the Slow-Mag 10km race in Benoni..raceIt was such a great race last year, flat and fast, and I just had to do it again.  However, I knew that I needed to get new running shoes. I’ve done over 700km in my Adidas Duramo 4s (amazing shoes), and they were pretty badly worn down.

I know that my running posture is pretty bad. I also have a weak core and weak glutes which contribute to that.  Ross’ sister Jenni had seen someone who analyzes your running style and I decided to see him.  His name is Mike and he is based at SBR Sport in Sunninghill.  Guys, this man is amazing.  I hopped onto the treadmill, and ran for just under a minute before he sat and analyzed the video of me running.

Either he is psychic (I’m leaning towards this), or he really knows his stuff because he immediately asked me: “Do you suffer from shin splints on your left leg?” Yes. “Do you get ITB on the right leg?” Yes. “Do you have lower back pain and right hip pain when you run?” A thousand times YES! He then showed me how he figured this all out, and basically, I run with completely unstable hips.  It’s bad.  So bad that it looks like I have scoliosis – and I’m apparently at risk of scoliosis because of this.  He palpated my back and found that my left side of my lower back muscles are tight and almost in a spasm, whereas, the right lower back is more relaxed.  I’m going in tomorrow to have this muscle released to correct this instability.  He also gave me a few exercises to try.  Honestly, if you have any running issues, or need a new pair of shoes, go to Mike.  He’s extremely knowledgeable.

The Shoes

Mike recommended a pair of Asics Gel Nimbus 17s to me.  They have good arch support, which will help reduce my shin splints and ITB, and they are extremely light.  It doesn’t really feel like you’re wearing shoes.  I thought my old Adidas shoes were light – these make it feel like you’re running on clouds.  Bouncy clouds.  The gel gives it a completely different feel.  I even said to Ross, “Is this what running shoes are supposed to feel like?!”  I’m not going to sugarcoat it, they were damn expensive, but I figure it’s an investment in my fitness, my health and my body, so I coughed up the money and am now looking for a part-time pole job.

They’re a black, purple and green pair.  I wanted a cool and fashionable pair of Nike’s, but I was assured that the aforementioned brand should not be used for running in any way, shape or form.

The ladies shoes have an extra 3mm of height in the heel (because women are prone to calf and achilles strains). They’re a neutral shoe, but they are also well-suited to under-pronators.  I definitely recommend them.  They made me feel like I could train myself to become a talented (and fast as all hell) runner.

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3 comments on “Sound Mind, Sound Body”

  1. I need a new running takkie as well! Been using reebok all these years.Asics seems so….non – durable ish to me.What sort of mileage does this takkie of yours promote?

    • I’ve also always been a bit hesitant when it comes to Asics – not sure why though.. I’m so glad I gave them a chance, these are great. The guy at the store reckons I can get around 850-1000km out of these babies. I’m aiming to run 10km races, but they are suitable for long-distance as well. :)

  2. Great choice in shoes but then again I’m biased! I’ve worn Asics for a few years now. I totally get the bouncy cloud feel of them! I don’t usually get more than 650kms out of mine before I start getting knee niggles etc. Enjoy SlowMag!

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