January 07, 2013

For years I was told something was wrong with me.

Not quite right.

Not ideal.

I visited experts and they made recommendations. I would walk around their office, barefoot, and they would suggest different types of support and fixes. Maybe go into a running store and jump on a treadmill to be video recorded. They would play it back to me in slow motion. Zoom in on my lower legs and show me my faults.

These experts told me I did what is called “over pronation” They grabbed my ankles and pushed them inward and down, showing me an exaggerated example of what I do when I run. On the computer screen they pointed at my arch (or lack of) and said it needed some support to keep from collapsing.

Many suggestions were thrown my way. $400 insoles and different types of arch support. 15oz, inch thick, supportive shoes that lock my arch in place to hopefully prevent me from getting injured.

I thought there must be a better way. Is something really wrong with me? Is my body that abnormal?

No, I decided! Da Vinci said that my foot, MY FOOT, is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art! It IS strong and stable, capable of doing work by itself!

I decided to buy a pair of racing flats. Low profile shoes for a “neutral” runner. Hopefully these would let my body function how it was built. Allow it to strengthen itself, become an efficient running machine, and to run real!

I would later learn that there was no exact definition of what over-pronation is. Or even any real proof that it is a bad thing. In fact, we all pronate in some way, and there is no method of determining when it becomes overpronation. Pronation is a natural occurrence, and very necessary. It serves as a method of the body absorbing the shock of running as well as facilitating elastic recoil and energy return.

Now, years later, I am still an “overpronator”. However I have overpronated, injury free, for thousands of miles and multiple ultra marathons. My feet are strong and stable on their own!

And I run real!

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Kyle Kranz

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FOOTWEAR SIZE CONVERSION CHART

US US) UK EUR JP/CM
M W
5.0 2.5 35.0 21.5
5.5 3.0 35.5 22.0
6.0 3.5 36.0 22.5
6.5 4.0 36.5 23.0
7.0 4.5 37.0 23.5
6.0 7.5 5.0 38.0 24.0
6.5 8.0 5.5 38.5 24.5
7.0 8.5 6.0 39.0 25.0
7.5 9.0 6.5 40.0 25.5
8.0 9.5 7.0 40.5 26.0
8.5 10.0 7.5 41.0 26.5
9.0 10.5 8.0 42.0 27.0
9.5 11.0 8.5 42.5 27.5
10.0 9.0 43.0 28.0
10.5 9.5 44.0 28.5
11.0 10.0 44.5 29.0
11.5 10.5 45.0 29.5
12.0 11.0 46.0 30.0
12.5 11.5 46.5 30.5
13.0 12.0 47.0 31.0

Measurements refer to body size, not garment dimensions. In instances where your body measurements are in between two sizes, go with the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit.