It was time for me to get some new trail shoes. My old ones were pretty worn out.
I had heard good things about Profeet on twitter so decided to give it a try, I wanted to make sure that I got the right trainers as I have Race to the Stones coming up and comfort & practicality are both essential.
I booked myself in for a running assessment over the phone. I had never had to book into buy trainers before! I was quite excited.
As soon as I arrived the friendly staff greeted me & offered drinks- the water was appreciated on a hot day. Emma introduced herself and we got started with the assessment. We discussed my running history, races coming up & previous injuries. I took my shoes & socks off & she looked at the flexibility of my feet and my arches. She looked at how I stand too.
Then I had a go on the running machine- 1st in my current running trainers so she could see how I run in those & then in bare feet. I also ran up & down the track that has a pressure pad on it to analysis how your foot lands.
The information gained from this was great. It’s a total running geek out! When we’d discussed injuries I couldn’t remember if it was my left or right leg that I’d had an ITB problem with but Emma knew from the way I ran that it was my left side from the way my hips move when I run. Plus we looked at how my legs & feet move on each stride.
The dynamic analysis on the mat was quite interesting. I land on my fore-foot but don’t use my toes very much. My heels barely touch the floor-my left one didn’t touch the floor at all.
Emma picked out a few different styles of trainers for me to try out. The first felt ok, the 2nd I felt totally uncomfortable and the 3rd was really comfortable. I could use the running machine & track at my leisure to get a feel of them. I wanted to try on some Hokas too as I really like the look of them. Unfortuantely the only ones they had in stock, whilst beautiful, were not for me. They have a job to do & my feet are a little wide & the soles were poking into my inner midfoot.
I ran around in the Saucony Peregrine & tried a couple of different sizes out whilst Emma got my information together as well as some exercises to improve my hips (as the left is a little weaker) and to get my toes moving.
The whole experience was fabulous. My feet were very happy & spoilt. If you run & want to ensure you get the right trainers I would definitely recommend this. This is the best gait analysis you can find! You run a lot & your feet deserve to be looked after and this is certainly the place for it. Plus we all love a bit of a geek out at all the info & stats they give. And you get a 15% discount if you’re doing Race to The Stones- perfect!
My trainers are perfect too- I did a couple short runs in them & then ran Weald 50k in them. They were very comfy & they’ll be seeing me around Race to the King next week & then Race to the Stones in July.
Race to the Stones is getting closer. I am nervous- and I have no idea if I’ve done the right training but I will do my best on the day & will just aim to get to that finish line. At least with the help of profeet I know my feet will be comfy.
Learn more about Profeet here: www.profeet.co.uk