Running Shoes For The Fat
March 7, 2006 10:02 AM Subscribe
Returning to running after a long stay in the comfy chair. Fat old fart needs shoe advice.
posted by y6y6y6 to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (19 answers total)
To set the stage - I was a distance runner for much of my life. As such I've gained a good deal of respect for the comfort and utility of good running shoes. Now flash forward to the present - I haven't run or worked out much in years and I'm grossly over weight. So here I am at 260 lbs and wanting to ease myself back into a habit of regular and strenuous workouts. Yes, I'm well educated about taking things slowly. I'm walking daily, transitioning to a healthy diet, and making sure I don't push it very hard. Slow and steady.
My first challenge is finding the right shoes. At 260 pounds the "cushioned" running shoes (New Balance) I bought are leaving me with very sore feet. They're very comfortable, and for walking around normally they're perhaps the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned. Yes, I broke them in for a few days. But after vigorously walking for a mile my feet end up feeling like they've been caned.
1) Does anyone have some advice on what sort of shoes I should be buying? Maybe running shoes are just a bad idea at this point.
2) My gut feeling is just that I haven't spent much time on my feet for the last year due my World Of Warcraft addiction. So maybe I just need to get my body used to the idea of not being in a comfy chair.
3) Does anyone have any experience going from a 30 minute 10K runner, to a 260 Lb couch potato, and then back to being in reasonably good shape? It would be nice to run a 10K race again, some day. And frankly I'd be happy with even sub 36. But right now I'm literally incapable of even running half a mile at any speed. And at 43, perhaps I'm being unrealistic?