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Subject: RE: Is there a positive correlation between overpronation and not being a fast runner?
I overpronate according a treadmill video but I'm also a little bow legged so the wear pattern on my shoe is that of an underpronator. But of course the dude was only looking at how much my heel/ankle tilted in and recommended a motion control shoe.
I wear anything from a stability shoe (Asics 2150) to a Waffle Racer with a thin orthotic. Depends how fast I plan to run. Slow recovery type miles then I'm in the trainers, speedwork then I'm in the racers.
My PR suck for a guy, but since you asked 17:00 lifetime 5k, 19:44 as a 40 year old.
My brother had worse looking feet (flat feet) than I did but ran division 1 (Big West) sprints. He did his non sprint work outs is racing flats, I believe Nike Duelists in the 1990's. PR's 10.79 21.66 48.87 (2:03 800 as a high school soph).
In general, run in the lightest possible shoe you can "get away" with.
The truly severe overpronators usually have some collagen defect like Marfan's syndrome and generally "double jointed" or they have tight heel cord.
Most people would be considered "overpronators" according to the popular running literature. It is an easier way for the running shoe store or the podiatrist to make a buck. Notice the price of your fancy motion control shoe vs your racing flat. BTW I am a podiatrist, and I'm surprised by the number patients from other podiatrist that were told they "need" orthotics, "orthotics are like glasses" with asymptomatic (no pain) feet. Then again I'm not a very rich podiatrist...
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