' Wednesday Word: Stability | Adventures with FitNyx

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wednesday Word: Stability

Today's word is stability, and to me, that can mean a lot of things about which I'd like to write.  For example, I'm still struggling to find stability in my career and living situation, but that's a blog post for a different time.  Instead, I'm actually going to stick to my running roots today and talk about the importance of finding the right footwear for your running style - because without proper footwear to help keep your body stable and properly aligned, you're setting yourself up for pain, injury, and early retirement!

When I first started running, I didn't think the shoe I wore would make much difference - all the running shoes are the same, more or less, right?  I didn't realize how wrong I was until my already sore knees started aching with even the easiest jog around the block!  After doing a little research, I learned that every person has a unique foot shape, leg alignment, and stride combination.  Different variations on the configuration of your "natural running gear" can affect the areas in which running impact is most felt, and the areas in which you will experience the greatest amount of pain or highest risk of injury.  It was a little scary to know that my knees were putting up with more stress on my runs than any other part of my body, especially after years of soccer knee injury horror stories!

Fortunately, I also learned that local running stores offer gait analysis and shoe fittings to help me find the RIGHT pair of shoes to keep my entire body more stable, which therefore would distribute the impact more evenly and help prevent immediate soreness AND long term injury.  I popped over to a nearby store and had a full fitting and analysis done.  It only took about ten minutes, and I received so much important feedback on my personal running mechanics!  Honestly, it's pretty cool to see your stride broken down and your weak points analyzed.  Knowledge of your mechanics can make you more aware when you're out on the road or trail, so you can correct any instabilities or imbalances on the go.

After my analysis I was able to purchase custom-fit inserts to help correct the splay of my feet (and therefore my knees) on top of purchasing a shoe designed to alleviate some of the strain of my gait.  Between the proper fit and support of the shoe and the made-for-me inserts, my running game has changed drastically!  I'm more stable on my feet, and I feel almost no knee pain anymore.  My imbalances are mostly corrected, and I've hit some crazy PRs in my special shoes!  And any runner knows that means you're doing something RIGHT!

If you're serious about upping your running game, get serious about your stability early!  Not only will your body thank you for it, but your PR board just might, too...

Deb Runs

Don't forget to visit Deb Runs, host of this wonderful linkup, to see what other bloggers are saying about stability in their lives!  And check back next week for another edition of the Wednesday Word!

Have you tried custom shoe fitting yet?  Do you have running pains that might be addressed with better footwear?  How does stability factor into YOUR life?


  1. I have often wondered about inserts. I pronate, and wear stability shoes...but I know my legs aren't symmetrical (my knees kind of turn in, one a little more than the other).

    1. The inserts might be the best way to accommodate for that asymmetricality. Since each insert is shaped to that side's foot, you might be able to even it out a bit!

  2. I have a neutral gait. The last time I had PF, the podiatrist put me in orthotics, even tho I argued with him about it. Eventually, I started having issues with my big toe. I saw a orthopedic surgeon who specializes in feet and ankles, and he told me the orthotics caused my big toe issues. Damn. I don't know who to believe. It's kind of the wild west out there!

  3. I started out just like you, and I'm so glad I finally went and got fitted at my local running store! I actually need stability shoes when I run, so it was great getting shoes that fit me and help me reach my running goals safely.

  4. Great post! Getting custom orthotics changed my running for the better, too. I'd suffered from plantar fasciitis for much longer than I care to admit, and no amount of stretching helped. Finally with new orthotics in place, my PF went away in two weeks and I could head out for a run pain free.

    Thanks for linking up!

  5. I'm a stability girl too!! And I definitely need new shoes. I'm also completely terrified of running on those treadmills at the running stores ;)

  6. Gait analysys is so cool! Going to get mine done this weekend.