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I feel the need to vent about this, I'm really upset with my gait analysis experience.
I started out in January with some ON beginner running shoes called Cloudsters which I bought off of the internet and I trained in them for 5-6 months until I hit 10K which I was doing in about 64 minutes, keeping up a pace of just over 10 minute miles with some effort, but fairly comfortably.
Then I decided I needed some better shoes to do half marathon training with, and to run the half marathon I've signed up for, so I had some gait analysis and was recommended a pair of Brooks Ghost 5 shoes. The sales assistant said "I've had to go up to a size 8.5 with these" ... which is when alarm bells should have started ringing. My shoe size is a 7. And somehow 2 years after I'd been told I had a neutral gait I had developed some slight overpronation in one ankle which needed correcting - I couldn't really see it on the video I was shown.
So that was about 2 months ago and I did what I was told, I broke them in gently. Wore them for 15 minutes on a treadmill, around the house, and eventually outside, alternating with the old shoes. But I still get blisters every time I run in them, even when I use plasters/compeed/vaseline. The insides look like they've been made in a south asian sweatshop, just completely unfinished. My overpronating ankle is now my sore ankle - stiff and painful to run on and so is the opposite hip. My average speed has dropped to over 11:07 minutes/mile. To rub salt in the wound, I was charged almost double the online price for them.
So on Friday I'd really had enough and bought another pair of ON shoes - Cloudrunners - they're neutral shoes, for endurance running. First outing in them tonight and I got a PB of 30:46 for 3 miles. about 50 seconds faster than in the other cripplers.
Gait analysis is supposed to help not hinder - I keep thinking it's my fault for not realising that they were too big and buying them, but is it really? Was I just given terrible advice?