This year at Brighton Marathon (April 17th 2016), I set myself up at mile 15 and later on mile 23 to see how runners I had been helping prepare for the race were getting on with their sub4 & sub3 hour goals. For many runners, it’s a huge thing seeing that PB finally move from a 4-something into a 3-something (and even more so from so a 3-something into a 2-something!) so given the sun was beating down particularly furiously that day I was keen to check they were not going to end up like a lot of the roadkill I had already seen lining the edges of the race.
After seeing most of my sub3 runners get through mile23 safely and on pace, I decided to film a selection of the runners moving at 3hr15 pace (7.23 minute/mile). In examining the footage in slow motion, I was happy to see that I had caught a great example of ‘overpronation’ (in bright yellow trainers to emphasize the point) by a runner who with just under 3 miles left was set to achieve around a 3hr 15 finish time.The Myth of Overpronation - Slow motion video of 3hr15 runner at mile 23 of Brighton Marathon. Click To Tweet
Now obviously this footage is of just one runner out of the 12,000 or so who took part, but given that his finish time puts him in around the top 10% of all entrants (sub 3hr is top 2%), maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to blame ‘overpronation’ for injury or poor performance, and what are the implications of this on selecting new running shoes (bonus points if you can identify what trainers he is wearing!).
For further consideration of the term ‘overpronation’ when it comes to shoe choice, see my article Footwear and Foot Type.
Do you run like the guy in the video? Have you been told this is the cause of your pain or poor performance? I look forward to seeing any comments you may have below.