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Running a 2h53min Marathon at the Ironman World Championships Kona (Hawaii) in 2010

Torsten Abel, 2h53min Marathon @ Ironman World Championships Kona (Hawaii) in 2010


Match the Shoes to Your Arch and Gait

Pronation is the way your foot hits the ground.

  • high arch: under-pronation which means that your foot doesn’t rotate inward enough to effectively absorb impact forces.
  • flat-arch: over-pronation which means that the foot rotates inwards too much.

Running shoes come in three main categories:

  •  Motion-control
  •  Stability
  •  Neutral-cushioned

“Flat-footed, over-pronators do best with motion-control or stability running shoes since they prevent excessive foot motion,” says Glenn Gaesser, PhD, a professor of exercise physiology at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville. If you have high arches and under-pronate, go with neutral-cushioned running shoes. “This type of foot needs more impact protection,” notes Gaesser. Runners with normal arches and normal pronation usually do fine with any type of running shoe:

  • high arches & under-pronators—-> neutral cushioned running shoes
  • flat arches & over-pronators——-> motion-control or stability running shoes
  • normal arches & normal pronation–> any type of running shoes






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