During my recovery I had my gait formally analysed for the first time and discovered that I under-pronate. Following a session of sticking my feet into a sort of playdough mould I ended up spending £150 on custom insoles which I could put into any pair of trainers. This brings me nicely to the Asics Gel Cumulus 13 T149N trainers that Iíve had for the last few weeks which are specifically designed to assist with correcting under-pronation.
While researching these trainers I came across a rather natty tool on the Asics website which allows you to put in some details about your running requirements and then suggests some options. Reverse engineering this I discovered that the ASIC Gel Cumulus are considered suitable for males who weigh 11-13 stones and conduct long runs between 10-25 miles per week on hard surfaces. That is me, and probably most of the rest of the Army, in a nut shell so I was looking forward to finding out what they were like.
Iíve now had them for about 3 weeks and, despite a nagging calf injury (hypochondriac moi?), have managed to do about 35 miles on mixed terrain wearing them. The bottom line is that Iíve been very impressed; theyíre light, comfortable and the thick cushioning on the heel and forefoot means that theyíre very comfortable for road running. I also genuinely felt that they helped with my under-pronation, even without my insoles.
With High Abrasion Resistant Rubber on the sole it is also claimed that the shoes will prove more durable than normal. The standard life for a pair of trainers is 500 miles which is anything for 4-10 months for most people. Anything that extends this is therefore very much welcomed although Iíve not had the opportunity to put this to the test.
Theyíre a traditional design which may seem quite high if youíre a fan of the barefoot experience. Personally Iím not so this isnít a problem for me!
These seem to be available online at about £60-80 which seems like a cracking price for a high quality trainer. Iíd have no problems recommending the Asics Gel Cumulus 13 T149N trainers as an excellent option for most military PT sessions.
Asics Gel Cumulus 13 Running Shoes kindly supplied by SportsShoes.com