>I started running about 8 weeks ago. I had been working out on a Nordic
>Track for approximately 12 weeks prior to that. The frist two weeks
>consisted of 2 mile runs every third day. The next 2 weeks consisted of
>three mile runs every third day. The last 4 weeks consisted of 3 mile
>every other day with one five mile run a week and occasional consecutive
>day running and occasional extra days off when sore. I am about 20
>overweight, use New Balance 700's and stretch for approximately 20
>prior to and after every run using a Prostretch. Did i do too much too
>soon or should i consult with a doctor about orthotics? Any help would
>greatly appreciated since i enjoy running and want to continue. By the
>I started at a ten minute pace and currently run at a 8.5 to 9 min pace
>thanx very much
It's great to hear that you enjoy running and want to continue however I
am a bit confused as to your problem re: should I get orthotics or see a
doctor? If you are experiencing feet or leg problems there are several
routes to follow:
1. go to a good sports store where the staff are knowedgable on
running shoes. The New Balance 700 may not be the shoe for you. I have
been using Saucony Jazz 4000 / 5000 for the past 5 years with great
success, however this shoe suits my build ie: medium frame etc. Go by the
shoe and how it suits you ie: will it give you the support that you
2. as for orthotics, don't get them unless you need them. I would only
go this route if the above does not work (and again not knowing what your
problem is). If being fitted for orthotics it would be great if you could
be referred to someone who is a runner and understands running problems.
I have been wearing orthotics for 4 years and will be obligated to do so
for the rest of my life. I am lucky that the clinic where I go is owned
by a fellow runner.
You state that you stretch for 20 minutes before running and 20 after. I
do a very brief stretch before I start, and when I start it is slow
until for the first 10 minutes or so, then I pick up my pace. Stretching
cold muscles can do more harm then not stretching at all. Many people
have their own views on this and you must go on what feels the best for
you. When racing, I usually run 1 to 2 miles, stretch and then keep warm
until the race starts. This is so I can go out a bit harder. Again
though I do not go out at 100%, I save some for the finish.
Keep up the running, set your goals and have fun. I've been running for 5
years with a new goal each year. My first marathon was last yr and what
a RUSH!! Don't start big, build up.
If you want some more info, get in touch, anyway
Got to run now.