Run Iceni, Run – Changes and improvements
The more I ran, the better I felt. The better I felt, the more I wanted to run. Running was definitely the new-found love of my life.
I suppose I was a maverick runner in a way. I never followed any sort of plan. I rarely took notice of any advice I had been given. I did join a few Facebook groups, but never really paid much attention to anyone else’s running technique. I did what I liked, what I enjoyed and it seemed to work. Unfortunately, I ended up with some sort of heel injury and so, with the loss of several weeks of running also came the loss of part of my rebellious streak.
Finally relenting, I took the advice of my other (better) half and visited Sportlink in Taverham for gait analysis. I was greeted by the lovely Karen, who instantly came over to help and seemed very knowledgeable. She talked me through the process and I soon jumped onto the treadmill. Although the result was that I have neutral pronation, I was advised that my left foot clips my right leg and these shoes ought to help. I tried the Hoka OneOne Elevon and it was love at first sight and run. They allow you to wear the shoes for a run around the car park. Honestly, I didn’t want to take them off. They fit like gloves (or should that be socks?) and felt really light.
These proper running shoes did make a difference to my running technique. I no longer felt the pain and, after a little while, my left foot stopped clipping my right leg. A huge change and one I’m so pleased to have made. The next change was one I never thought I would make. Never ever. Despite months of nagging, I had constantly put up the barriers and refused to wear running tights.
I felt they weren’t right for me and felt comfortable in my shorts. Instead of subtly persuading me, I had a pair sent to me through the post. I tried them on and suddenly felt a bit of empathy for women trying to wrestle themselves into tights on a winter’s day. Tights by name and definitely tight by nature. They definitely seemed to hold things in close. I shoved them to the back of a drawer and told myself they definitely would be going in the next charity bag. However, I decided to try them. Just the once. And I really liked them. I know… I was as shocked then as you probably are right now.
Current status: still in a relationship with running (but also my new running gear!)
Blog by Colin Jeffery (Owner/Director of Iceni Magazine)