So I signed up for my first 5K!

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  1. RamlebNeral

    RamlebNeral White Belt

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    Sweet right? a guy at work that runs like 5 minute miles put me up to it after we went for a run the other day. I know I can do 3+ miles, I typically do 2-3, 3 mile runs a week. It wont be a fast time, I'm not a marathon runner but its for charity and fun. Heres my dilema, my Wife signed me up for a different 5K two days after the one I signed up for :eek: I would just run one, but she already put down money on it so being the kind of guy that has to get some worth out of spent money so I'm going for it!

    Now for the question, I wear a size 13 shoe, and even though i'm 290lbs I have very high arches; Any big guys that run, that have high arches, tell me what shoes your using! Mine are worn out and have always left my arches aching after long distant runs.

    Now I have a month to get ready for this, I'm not going crazy to place high... I just dont want to be last!
     
  2. pureelements

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    Age? Anyone over 35 should contact a doctor before doing anything around 5miles. People have heart attacks all the time thinking that this will just simply get me in shape. I would advice against it. Maybe plan for a year in advance.
     
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    im 27, and its 5k not 5mi... i think its like 3.2 miles? and I'm good with the heart stuff, i get yearly physicals and blood work, im very tip top for being almost 6'4 290
     
  5. RamlebNeral

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    hey lame to you, but at least i actually get out and do shit...
     
  6. Poison Tree

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    The run isnt very far lol

    you dont need to go get a medical before you do a what? 5k run? or 5 mile run?

    either way, if youve been running for a few months it wont be hard at all
     
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    Good for you bro!!!!
     
  8. pliftkl

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    Do you have access to a store that specializes in selling running shoes? Your best bet is to find one and have them fit you. If they are good, they'll want to see your existing shoes, and possibly take a look at how you run. Expect good shoes to cost $120+.
     
  9. MIDMOBOX

    MIDMOBOX Telling People things they don't want to know

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    A good shoe store can do gait analisys by computer or video. If its an option for you I would look into it. A few quick calls to local athletic shoe stores will answer whether its avialable around you.

    My brother ran marathons in the buffalo class(>200lbs) he swears by New Balance.
     
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    calvus Getting Crunk

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    I'm about 215, have very high arches & wear a size 12 running shoe. I'm running 3-4 miles twice a week. In addition to looking at shoes with high arches, you need to take into consideration whether your feet pronate or supinate when running. Runners with high arches (like me) typically under-pronate. Many running shoes have extra cushioning or stability for over-pronation, so stay away from those if you don't over-pronate.

    Sometimes you can tell, because the extra support for over pronating is a different color (typically gray) on the instep of the shoe, where the arch is. I stay away from those shoes.

    My current running shoe is a Saucony Ride 3, I've been very happy with it. Its not as cushiony as some others, but my feet seem to hurt less.

    I would strongly recommend you find a good running store if possible & talk to them. They should be able to watch you run & recommend shoes based your gait. In Southern Cal, "A Snail's Pace" running stores are fantastic.
     
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    I'm 220 and wear 11.5 so umm lot of impact.

    Mizunos/New balance/Aasic seem to be the most popular.

    each has over 6 different models. Figure out which one works for you, high arches eliminate 3/4 of the shoes out there upfront (they do for me)

    I love my mizunos, when I can't find them I wear aasics. +1 on going to a running store.

    For the run DO NOT START WITH THE PAC
    start slow 1/2 mile acceleration to your race pace. I'm not saying thats a good way to win, but as a newbie at cross country it kept me running decent the whole run. Now I still do that but now its only 200m to accelerate.
     
  12. RamlebNeral

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    well southern cali is a lil far for me to go a shoe store but thanx for the recomendation, I'm looking for a shoe store that will check me out. I'm currently using new balance, paid like $100 for them a year ago, they've worn well considering how much weight is on them, but if I can find somthing that doesnt leave my feet aching that would be tops.

    I don't plan on going crazy, ill just hit my stride and cruize. did 3 miles last night in about 24 min. and thats pushing a jogging stroller. I can hold a good 8 min mile for quite some distance, my body gives out well before my lungs do.
     
  13. pliftkl

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    24 minutes will put you nicely in the pack with no embarrassment. Local 5K's typically have times ranging from 15 minutes to 40 minutes. I don't think you have anything to worry about with your back to back races. Keep doing what you do now, and you'll be fine.
     
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    calvus Getting Crunk

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    Yep, I agree - you'll be fine. I ran a 5k on July 4th in 26 minutes, which seemed to be in maybe slightly ahead of the average out of about 2000 ppl.
     
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    I bet you break 22 minutes if you go out smooth. Suggestion a bunch of static stretching is bad before a race. dynamic stretching is the way to go.

    My Mizunos cost like 68 bucks. My best friends cost 120... its all in the model that fits your foot. F teh money get the ones that fit. I happen to fit in one of the cheaper ones. (found them in a store that wanted 95 for them, second pair I got at dunhams for 67 bucks)
     
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    Racing is addictive. I'm not a runner either but I started with 5k cancer runs and now am doing the occiasional 10k. I'm not competitive at all but the races are carthotic so I train just enough to average 9min miles in the 10k.
     
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    Sounds like you guys have a bad marriage. You guys should communicate more about planning events and spending money. Trust me, I'm an expert at this.
     
  18. grrthetree

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    I read a study about injuries being more prevalent in runners who used shoes that were "custom fit" to their feet by a specialist foot guy. I'm big, not as big as you, 6'3" 210ish and I run in vibram five fingers and nike frees.
     
  19. pjmeunyc12

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    No sweat for you man, you just stated that you already run 2-3 miles three times a week. Do both 5k's you'll regret if you don't, and you'll feel so happy that you did.
     
  20. KILL KILL

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    I run that on a regular basis just as a warm up. There's no reason you shouldn't be able to do 2 within a few days.
     

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