The Scribbler

12 May 2009

Wonky feet

Filed under: Great North Run,run — The Scribbler @ 21:40
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Yes, it’s official. I have wonky feet. In medical terms, both my right and left foot pronate. I’ve had them checked and measured and everything.

The good news is that I can get some special insoles (orthotics) that will encourage my feet to take a more balanced view of the surface they’re resting on. I’m hoping that will allow me to keep on training without any more injuries.

This running lark has introduced me to a whole new world of specialists and language. I’m starting to learn the names of the major muscle groups in the legs and certainly understand a lot more about how I’m put together mechanically. I never used to have conversations about orthotics before.

It’s also good to know that the training I’ve been doing, not just the running, but working the muscles with weights and circuits and resistance training is also paying off. The podiatrist who measured up my mismatched feet reckoned I would have hurt myself much earlier and harder had I not been building up strong leg muscles.

So, all those sessions on the beach with the shuttle runs and kettle bells? They just saved me a whole lot of hurt.

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