What foot type am I for running?

On Saturday I participated in my first 21km. It went well, surprisingly. I say that because I have done anything longer than 10km, so for me to do a 21km and to run the whole way made me pretty happy. Afterwards I stretched the old legs just because I knew there would be a little bit of lactic acid building up in my system and I wanted to ease the amount of stiffness later on or the next day. Well…

I went to check out Argo on Saturday evening, ahead of the Academy Awards. When I walked in I felt a little bit of stiffness and discomfort in my right knee area. It was uncomfortable but I didn’t think anything of it at the time. After two hours in a movie house, I got up and realised how sore that part of my leg had actually become. In fact I stumbled out of there, limping like an old man. I tried to remember if there was any pain or discomfort on the run and I realised there actually was. When I run, I tend to turn my foot inwards and I could feel a little bit of tension when I was running.

According to About.com, there are three different types of feet when it comes to running: flat feet, high-arched feet and neutral or normal feet. I’ve read up on this, but I’m still a little confused with my type. So I’m going to see the team at The Sweat Shop in Dunkeld, Johannesburg ahead of my run tonight. Hopefully they’ll be able to establish what type I am and how I can rectify this little situation before it becomes a bigger nightmare. I’ll be sure to report back with my findings.

I’m also going to participate in a run with the good folk from Nike later. We will #RunSunset in Rosebank tonight. Should be good:

Runsunset_invite

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