Hopefully one of you wise, experienced runners can help with my situation. I am a serious overpronator with a hard heel strike when walking, but a mid foot striker when running. I go to a running store for shoes and they see a big guy overpornator and try to put me in shoes that feel like the trainer equivalent of stilettos. With the C25k walking and running does anyone know of a good compromise in shoes? Something to lessen the heel impact when walking, but a heel that doesn't get in the way while running.
Thanks in advance!
As you've noticed, walking is not running. Virtually everyone heelstrikes when walking. I walk all over the outside edge of my shoes, but I'm a mild overpronator when running. Sounds like you will need to know what you're looking for when you go into the store, unless you get lucky with a salesperson who knows what (s)he's doing. You don't say whether you overpronate when running. I would look through shoe reviews on line (runnersworld.com or runningtimes.com are good sources) for either a "stability" shoe or a "cushioned/neutral" shoe, depending on your estimate of your pronation. I would stay away from motion control shoes. Make a list of several, go to the store and try them on. Run around the store in all of them and see what feels best. (Feel is very important, in my estimation.) I would not worry about the walking part of C25K, the impact when walking is considerably lower than running. And ultimately, running is what you're doing. Some examples, just from one maker, but others have similar lines: Asics Gel Nimbus or Cumulus (neutral), GT2000 series (stability), Gel Kayano 19 (stability). Mizuno, Brooks, Saucony, etc. all have similar shoes.
Have fun shopping.
When I first started running, I went to a very reputable running store. I ran on the treadmill in the store and they said I had moderate pronation. They put me in a stability shoe (Asiics brand). It felt like running in lead weights. I was about 220 at that time. I had shin splints really bad so I quit running.
The next year, I bought a new pair of running shoes (stability of course), ran for a while, had less sever shin splints, but developed plantar faciitus. Quit running a second time.
Went back two years later. They still recommended stabilty shoes. I had told myself before I shopped that I was going to buy the most comfortable shoe I could find. It came down to one of the Brooks shoes (can't remember the name) and the Mizuno WavePrecision. I ran for two years in the Mizunos (3 pairs). In August 2012 I switched to Newtons and will continue to buy Newtons until something better (for me) comes along.
I was looking through an issue of RunnersWorld and they had a shoe selection flow chart. For me the shoe it came down to was the Brooks Vapor 10. Right now I am using some Nike Air Max 2011 which are fine for now but definitely aren't doing anything for my pronation. We aren't totally isolated over here so I could go ahead and order the Brooks and have them shipped over but I hate getting shoes without even being able to try them on first. Once I get home I'll probably go to the running store (Bob Ronker's Running Spot) to see if they have them and see how they work. They'll check your stride on the treadmill and let you try them out for 30 days to see how you like them which is much better than going blindly onto Amazon and taking my chances.