Understanding your running data

Person on phone looking at gait running data

Let’s face it, we all love data. How about understanding your running data?

Analytics tools such as Garmin and Strava provide runners with useful data and information to help them analyse and improve their performances. Data is key because it helps us to analyse and make informed decisions.

Ask yourself this question… as a runner, do you truly know what your gait is? Do you know what your foot strike pattern is? Do you overpronate or underpronate or do you have a neutral gait? Has your gait changed since the last time you had an assessment? Are you coming back from injury and has your gait changed?

If you’re a new beginner and looking to buy your first pair of running shoes, it’s not a case of simply buying a pair of shoes because ‘they look good’ or ‘they are a good price’. The manufacturers are constantly supplying the market with new models and technologies that suit individual styles not to mention, the various types of shoes built for road, track and trail.

A gait assessment will look at your individual running style such as whether you pronate or any other connecting factors that need to be considered.

If you visit a sports shop or specialist running store, the sales assistant will more than likely ask you to pop your socks and shoes off and look at how you walk (maybe jog if there is enough space). Some stores may ask you to run on a treadmill so they can assess your running style but is this really your natural running style? Sub-consciously, we may run differently whilst being watched by someone, therefore this is not a true reflection of your natural transition.

Typical gait assessments with a specialist can cost anything up to £100 (and more). What happens if you get injured and need to pay for another assessment to see if your gait has changed? This can become quite a costly exercise. Let’s just say 12 months down the line, you decide you want to buy a new pair of running shoes. Could you remember what the specialist said your gait was 12 months ago or will you have to pay for another one to check if your gait has changed?

The beauty about using mymo™ is that you can use it as many times as you like in the comfort of your own environment and without being watched by anyone. You can use it every day, week, month – as many times as you want. Use it if you get injured or more importantly, use it if you are thinking of buying a new pair of running shoes.

mymo™ gives you real-time data about your gait. You can view your data at any time – even all your historical data. This data is important especially if you develop an injury. Any type of injury can affect your running style so when you go to see your physio, at least you can show them historical gait data, which you wouldn’t normally have access to.

As part of our research and development for mymo™, we have worked with physio’s and podiatrists, in particular, a musculoskeletal / sports podiatrist and integrated therapist who specialises in biomechanics, posture and gait analysis. They told us that runners tend to book appointments because they are injured. The first time they see a patient, they don’t have access to any background information or data on that patient. However, if that runner has a mymo™ device, as long as they are happy to share their data, it may help them to diagnose the problem quicker and the beauty about the Internet of Things, is that the data can be shared prior to their appointment, thus saving time spent with that patient.