Kevin visited our willow lawn store last week exhibiting all the signs and symptoms of medial tibial stress syndrome. He had visited another store which told him he overpronated and needed a stability shoe. Kevin was fine with that first pair but when they wore out he visited a second store which also told him he overpronated, but just a little, and that he didn’t need all the support of his first pair. So Kevin purchase a stability shoe for mild support. Thats when his shin pain started. He couldn’t understand why he could run pain free in one stability shoe but not another.

After listening to Kevin’s prior experience, then conducting a full body gait analysis, we were able to show him that he didn’t overpronate at all. From the ankle down, Kevin’s gait was neutral. However, above his ankle he ran with a bow to his legs. This created an excessive lower limb varus, in relation to his feet and shoes, which was the source of the strain to his medial shin. Technically he wasn’t overpronating but to the …

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You need a little less stability in your life

Stoney just visited Lucky Road looking for a new pair of running shoes. In addition to serving our country as a member of the armed forces, he is training for a marathon this year. Stoney thought it would be a good idea to bring his old shoes with him so we could see the wear pattern. Ordinarily the wear patterns are of little use in deciphering a runners actual gait. There are too many variables to consider which make reading certain patterns less than accurate. However, the wear patterns on Stoney’s shoes were much TOO accurate.

Stoney had been wearing a pair of Brooks Adrenaline’s. A very good shoe for runners who exhibit a moderate to severe degree of shoe pronation. Less than 35% of runners fall into that category. The wear on his Adrenaline showed shearing to the outside, lateral, edge of the sole. The midsole was also collapsing laterally, or to the outside. Without having watched Stoney run I was observing a shoe that showed he was being over corrected. But we don’t want to make assumptions here, it’s …

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Richmond: Upcoming Running and Walking Events

There are some awesome running and walking events coming up in the Richmond area to keep you moving. Stay tuned to our events page or visit us on Facebook to stay up to date with running and walking events around Richmond.

Be sure to let us know of any upcoming running or walking events by posting a comment below.

Do you need new shoes for an upcoming event? Stop by and get a free gait analysis with purchase or just come in and say hi! Be sure to come in after the event to get your Lucky Road magnet!

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Marathon Advice for Seasoned and New Runners!

The Marine Corp Marathon is 4 days and 18 hours away, but who is counting? Plenty of you are returning marathoners, but there are first time runners signed up and gearing up for their first marathon. We, at Lucky Road, want to make sure you are preparing adequately in the days leading up to the race. Take a look at our marathon week tips.

First: Don’t do anything new. This is probably the single most important tip we can give you. Race day is not for new shoes, new eating habits, new drinks, new clothing, new sleep patterns or training habits. DON’T CHANGE ANYTHING. And for the love of all runners everywhere {and your body} DO NOT run in new shoes.

Okay, our session is complete.  While we have other tips, if we stopped here it would be enough advice to save your body during the marathon. It is incredibly important that you don’t start changing things now. Consistency is the key to long-term success.

Second, Don’t Overdress. It looks like the weather is going to be cool this Sunday …

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Importance of Wearing Properly Fitted Shoes

Earlier today one of our Facebook friends inquired about painful cramping in her toes while she runs; she wanted to know what could be the cause. So we thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about wearing the right size running shoe.

There could be many reasons why you are experiencing cramping in your toes while you run, but one of the major causes is the shoes may actually to be too small or too narrow. Some people do not realize that while running our feet spread and swell an average of 5 mm each time we strike the ground. Shoes that are too small don’t allow our feet to spread, but instead confine our feet. This confinement can easily lead to decreased circulation; it can impinge nerves and cause the joints to bend in odd directions.

None of these are good things. So what can you do?

First, if you’re in the Midlothian, Chesterfield, Richmond, Northern Virginia or DC Metro stop by Lucky Road. {If you’re not in the area go to a running specialty store}. It …

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Finding the Right Running Shoes: Importance of Holistic Gait Analysis

Training for a marathon requires much attention to very specific details – what is the terrain? What will the temperature be? How many attempts will I have to hydrate along the way? Who will be running and how many people will there be? What attire should I consider wearing? And, maybe most importantly, what pair of shoes should I run in?

Most who attempt to run a marathon begin with finding the best pair of sneakers. Who would blame them? Training in a good pair of shoes potentially will protect your body from injury. Yep, you read that right – your entire body. Shoes do not just protect your feet though they do a good job at that, too!

Recently, WTOP blogger, Paula Wolfson, published an article about her journey toward running the Marine Corp Marathon. She chronicles her training ventures and references a “Wolfson Team” of experts that are helping her along the way. However, most importantly, is the YouTube video she posted toward the end, which shows her picking out that perfect shoe.

Go ahead …

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