Welington Marathon Clinic
16 Nov 2014

Hi everyone,
For those who don’t know me, I’m Stan the WMC webmaster. For those that do know me, yes, I am still a Wellington Marathon Clinic member, and yes, I’m still a runner. I’ve just been out of action due to one injury or another, but I’m slowly building my way up to getting back to the long Sunday runs.
How did the Skyline run go last week? Send me any pics you have and I will place them in the photo gallery.
OK, down to business…

AGM 7 Dec
The WMC AGM and Turkey Trot is on Sunday 7th December. Submissions for any business to be bought up at the AGM must be in the hands of the committee by 5pm this Friday 14 Nov. I would suggest you send an email through Contact WMC to get there on time, or via post PO Box 14489, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6241.

Pack Leader Reports
Pack leaders, please provide your reports to Jillian before the end of November, also via Contact WMC.

Deprivation Chambers
We all have them!
In fact, I have quite a few different models.
But nothing in comparison to Gordie’s collection.
So you’re thinking… in what sadomasochistic world does this guy (and Gordie) live in?
I am of course referring to, or what my kinesiologist calls, the shoes on our feet.
The human foot has thousands of nerve endings and when your foot makes contact with the ground, the body uses this feedback to trigger a series of event along the kinetic chain that helps us run or walk. However we spend all day cushioned from all impact that these feedback signals become muffled. And we wonder why we have so many running and walking problems. This line of thought has lead to the bare foot or minimalist shoe movement.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not a bare foot running advocate. I’ve spent too many decades in cushioned running shoes to know that I would easily become injured even running 1K in bare feet, and it would take many years of re-conditioning to even achieve that. But I believe there is some benefit to running to a more minimalist type shoe. And you are seeing shoe manufacturers bring out a range of less cushioned, lower profile, lower heel raised shoes.

I was up in Auckland on holiday last month in Onehunga DressMart and was browsing in a sports shop. I pick up what looked like a running flat, lightweight, flexible with very little cushioning. I got into a conversation with the shop attendant…

So what type of (running) shoes do you wear?

Well, I actually don’t know!
I used to run in motion control/ stability shoes, but I was still having problems with plantar fascia, achilles tendon problems, knee problems, calf problems.
Now I am running in a minimalist type shoe with a little bit of cushioning but has a zero heel drop. I know that this type of shoe is OK for me for a short run but not a long run.
So to be honest, I don’t really know what shoe I need?

Then you really need to go to a specialist shoe shop and get yourself videotaped while you are running.

I took this on board, and then a couple of days later, still on holiday, I happened to come across a running shoe shop with a treadmill and video gait analysis.

I had my gait analysed many years ago and the video back then showed quite pronounced pronation, an inward roll of the foot as it hit the ground and an extension, twist and flick of the achilles that led to the prescription of a stability shoe.

I hopped onto treadmill as I got videotaped from behind. The attendant noted I showed good running form, but the left foot showed signs of a slight pronation.

He recommended a couple of stability shoes which I tried and got videoed on. Then he threw in a conventional cushioned, neutral running shoe for me to try, and lo and behold, this neutral shoe suited me the best of all. This actually came as a bit of a surprise! Apart from the minimalist type shoes I had been trying recently, I had been running for decades in stability shoes.

However, thinking back to those days, I used to run in lock step, side by side with a 6ft 5 basketball centre-forward with a loping stride each and every work day. I am 5 ft 7 at my tallest in the mornings. Do you think I was over striding???

My running style has most definitely changed, with all the corrective exercises my kinesiologist has given me, the running form clinics I have attended,  I am much more aware of how my body moves. I have changed from a heel striker to a mid foot strike runner.

Have a look at the U-tube flick below that has taken my fancy. It’s one of the minimalist shoes I sometimes use on my short runs that helps with my running form, the Skecher Go Run 2. These used to be available at Overland Footwear. I know… not a renown running shoe brand, but a surprisingly good shoe nevertheless. But check out the subject’s good running form, no over striding even at top speed!

Now I’ve been talking about minimalist shoes, these aren’t for everyone, and there is a certain amount of additional energy used to run in minimalist shoes. You need to maintain good running form in these types of shoes otherwise you could be in trouble. There is another movement away from minimalism into, believe it or not, super cushioned shoes. Namely the Hoka One One shoes that are getting rave reviews. Check out the Hoka Bondi 5 Review from TheBabbleOut.com. It’s the type of shoe that you just throw on and not worry about your running form or where you place your foot on uneven terrain. I’ve never tried them, but ask Alan Brian about them, he has a pair.

“Runners, Yeah We’re Different”
Check out this site for an adidas print campaign for their running shoes. It’s an oldie but a goodie. http://www.chayden.net/Runs/Adidas/

Happy running and walking,
Fiona may be back on board next week,


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