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Today I had a video gait analysis, at Sweatshop, to help me choose my second pair of running shoes. I have been running for almost a year and the first pair were feeling a bit tired. Apart from discovering that I apparently do no after all need stability shoes to correct mild overpronation I was also informed that I run 'really strangely' and 'will injure myself if I keep running on my heels', so odd was my running that they had me running up and down the shop just in case I couldn't run properly on a treadmill. I found this rather upsetting and having run a 6k, 10k and 1/2 marathon in the last year with no problems slightly surpising. To be further told that I don't really run, merely shuffle along in a sort of fast walk was the icing on the cake.
My question is this, how seriously should I take this? Some things about my gait, I heel strikemost of the time although I do try to land on my mid foot when I remember, I tend to place my feet towards the centre which means I clip the inside of my ankles occasionally. I also do not lift my feet very high, particularly on the backswing. However, my footfalls are not excessively loud, and I finished my first half marathon in 2.09 feeling I could have gone a fair bit faster. Should I worry and get a proper gait analysis carried out at a local sports clinic?