04/11/2012

The shoe conundrum – Part Deux

Okay, before I talk about the shoe issue that has come out of physiotherapy let me mention the Paris half in March. When you do any physical exercise in France, be it joining a gym, attending a yoga class, or running a half marathon, you need a stamped and signed doctor’s certificate specifically saying that you are okay to perform the exercise. If you do not produce upon registration the letter then you will not be allowed to use the gym (as per my friend Phil who has been working in Paris for 2 years), French friend Matthieu, or run. The wording has to be precise.The letter for being allowed to run needs to include; with the course a pied en competition meaning a foot race. Cycling will mention cycling, and other sports and the gym physical exercise.

This is LAW in France, and although it is a ball ache getting this certificate as it is not covered by the NHS and therefore costs you anything from £10 to £40, it is needed. They will turn you away. So I shall be seeing the sports medicine doctor this week for mine. The letter is valid for an entire year, which is good as we plan to run the Paris-Versailles 1 miler and Marseille-Cassis half in the autumn.

CERTIFICAT DE NON CONTRE – INDICATION A LA PRATIQUE DE LA COURSE A PIED EN COMPETITION

(MEDICAL CERTIFICATE PROVING APTITUDE TO THE PRACTICE OF RUNNING IN A COMPETITION)
Je soussigné(e):
(I the undersigned,)
Docteur en médicine
(Doctor of medicine)
après avoir examiné ce jour:
(have today examined)
Mlle/Mme ou M.:
(Miss, Mrs or Mr
Né(e) le:
(Born on
certifie que son état de santé actuel ne présente pas de contre-indication à la pratique de la course à pied en compétition).
(and certify that he/she demonstrates a level of fitness that does not prevent the practice of running in competitions.)
Date:
Date
Signature et cachet:
Signature and stamp:
So, to the real shoe conundrum…

My physiotherapist identified my massive pronation. It was so massive that I thought (and I was wrong to diagnose myself) I supronate. This was wrong. I bought shoes (my lovely Lunarglides and Pegasus) to deal with this but they actually made things a lot worse. As there is no arch support or stability mechanisms my feet landed and had nowhere to go, nowhere to roll, so they took off immediately, and normally off my second toe causing the toe pain and toe mound hot spots.
So, the recommendation is to buy stability shoes. The top three on the list being.
The Brooks Adrenalin GTS 12 2E
By far the most boring looking running shoe I have seen
The Mizuno Wave Nirvana
Better looking but the most expensive
The Asics Gel Kayano (Although these have been poopooed by @sausagesnaffler for coming apart at the toe very quickly)
I wouldn’t want to wear the toes out too quickly
I am off to Runners Need today to try all three, and maybe buy a pair. I cannot run until the 19th on the advice of my physiotherapist, but could at least walk around in them to wear them in.
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