I've never been the fastest runner but as a child I certainly wasn't the slowest. I remember representing my primary school at the 200m when I was about 10 years of age and the one time I actually put some effort into the cross country in high school, I managed to finish in the top ten in my year (out of 150, so not too bad).
However, when I was around 14 years of age and playing football for my local team - Connah's Quay Tigers - the father of a team mate told me that I ran flat footed. He didn't say that I was flat footed but that's what he seemed to mean and the truth is that I don't have the biggest arch but I'm not sure if I'm actually flat footed? Either way, it definitely affected my confidence a little, after all - however he meant it - it wasn't exactly a compliment.
But that was then and this is now. My main forms of excise these days are swimming, climbing and Krav Maga. All of which I am ok at - without any danger of me ever being particularly wonderful at any of them - and none of which I believe would necessarily be affected by being flat footed?
Now the reason I started thinking about this was because I've had some small issues with my feet recently. The problem is that I spend a good deal of time walking around the poolside - on hard floor titles - in my bare feet. Now I was under the impression that walking in bare foot was good for you? Well I can tell you that walking around the poolside barefoot has only brought me soreness in my heels. At the end of a teaching shift my heels always feel uncomfortable, as though they have been flattened. If I wasn't flat footed before, I'm worried that I am now.
But there's always a solution to every problem (almost every problem). So I think that it's probably about time that I finally - after nearly 2 years of teaching - get some sort of poolside footwear? I'll have to have a look a what's available. But I can tell you now that it won't be flip-flops that fit between the toes either, as they always rubbed it won't be crocs either! Haha.