If you are running a marathon, there is one piece of very important gear that you find it very handy: RUNNING SHOE.
If you are taking on the 42km marathon, then what you are wearing on your feet is even more crucial.
Firstly, the most basic of all: The running shoe must fit well. Too many runners end up with painful blisters and ugly blackened toenails bcos they wear shoes that are too small for their feet.
Secondly, the shoe should suit your feet and running style. Otherwise you could end up damaging your feet and legs severely if you are going such long distances.
This led us to taking a look at how our feet that lands on the road each time we are training or running a race.
What is Pronation?
Pronation is the inward (medial) roll of the foot and in particular the heel and arch which occurs naturally at the heel strike as a cushioning mechanism.
Overpronation is when the feet roll inward too much.
Supination, also known as underpronation, is the opposite to pronation where the feet don't roll inward enough. Wearing the wrong type of shoe will lead to painful shins and joints, or even injury.
Here is a useful site that I read from The Strait Times Singapore, where the Singapore Sports Council took the initiative to do a shoe review in conjunction with the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2005