Help me be a good runner despite my weirdo body type
November 4, 2010 8:54 PM Subscribe
Are you a tall, female, pear shaped runner? I really want to start running but my body type seems problematic. How can I make it work?
posted by lblair to health & fitness (27 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I want to get into some sort of regular exercise routine but I've pretty much had it with paying for a gym membership. I bought a new bike recently, and I love it. But a week or two ago a lot of people I know did a half marathon and well, I was totally jealous! I want to do that too!
I always used to sort of rule out running, due to my body type and fear or ruining my knees, and I tended to stick to lower-impact stuff like the elliptical. But that isn't really what I want. Especially now that I don't want to pay for a gym membership anymore. I want to be a runner and enjoy nature and marathons (someday) and not be a slave to the gym. Can I do it? How? More importantly, should I?
I am about 5'10 and 160 lbs. So, a normal weight for my height, but unevenly distributed- as in, it's practically all between my belly button and my knees. (And no, sadly, it is NOT muscle. I'd like it to be.) Am I setting myself up for knee problems with this pursuit? Before posting this question, I was doing some googling and although I found some stories of tall/big people running they were all men so it didn't take into account my hip-to-knee angle. Anyway, my loosely formed plan was to try to build up my muscles with biking and hiking, and then ease into jogging and running. I know, I know, I should ask a doc and you are not my doctor. I will try to track one down and ask. But in the meantime I'd like your anecdata about being tall/ female/ junk in the trunky runners. Do you feel awesome, or were you entering a world of pain? how can i minimize the possible negative impact on my joints? should i be worried about my hips, too? sorry for what must be the zillionth question about running but i'm having a hard time finding info about running when you're a tall chick and got the child bearin' hips. links to whatever reputable resources you love are much appreciated too. thanks in advance, mefites.