I got fitted for running shoes and a sports bra!
For a while now, I've been experiencing pain in my right knee any time I run over 5 miles, and I've been getting blisters in the same spot on my right foot. Also, I've been wearing three sports bras every time I go out for a run or do any other type of high impact exercise for as long as I can remember. Wearing less than three sports bras does not provide enough support for me to run in, and it causes some discomfort/bouncing. Not good.
I finally realized that I needed to go in for a professional fitting for both shoes and bras, and I knew exactly where to go:
I was lucky enough to have a very knowledgeable sales associate help me out. We briefly talked about my level of running experience before jumping into my recent running issues. I told her about the pain in my right knee after long runs, and the reoccurring blisters. I also mentioned that I may be running on the outside of my feet, and striking with my heel.
She asked me to stand with my feet together, and to walk to the front of the store and back.
She came to the conclusion that I am slightly bow-legged, and have internally rotated knees and hips.
At first she thought I would need a neutral shoe, because the combination of bow-leggedness and internally rotated hips would balance each other out when running.
She had me try on a pair of neutral Nikes, and head outside to take them for a spin. I ran down to the end of the block and back as she watched my feet. After the first run she realized that I am actually over pronating (meaning that my ankles drop in) instead of turning my feet out, which was what we originally thought was the issue. After reaching this conclusion, she said I needed a stability shoe to provide some more support.
I tried on another pair of Nike's. They were called the Nike Zoom Structure.
Nike Zoom Structure Triax+ 15 Wide Women's Running Shoes - Pure Platinum, 10
Next on the agenda was picking out some synthetic socks.
It looks a little different from the basic sports bras that I'm used to, but it does the trick. The first time I wore it, I was so impressed. I held me up, prevented bouncing, and I could breathe! Wahoo!
I strongly encourage every runner to go and get fitted for shoes. I learned so much about my bone structure and my gait. I'm hoping that this new gear will really help improve my running!
Fingers crossed for no more knee pain or blisters!