> Hey everyone. I'm about to begin a running regimen, and I've got a few
> questions. Just about every question I had was answered by the
> wonderful beginner's FAQ, but a few persist.
> 1.) How can I figure out which pair of running shoes is right for me?
> I've been reading alot about foot types, and I think that I've
> determined that I'm an overpronator, but that still leaves me pretty
> much clueless as to which particular shoe from any number of brands
> would be the right one for me. My budget is tight, and the discount
> shoe stores that I've visited don't exactly have the most informative
> staffs. What can I do on my own to find the right fit? What should I
> look for, and what brands should I look for as a "value-conscious"
> 2.) What pitfalls should I be aware of in terms of not keeping my
> regimen? How should I combat these and keep myself on my plan? I'm
> already planning on using the iPod Nano + Nike sensor kit, which I know
> will help me as that kind of self-documentation and tracking of
> statistics really helped me lose 65 pounds in the past year (through
> dieting alone). Now that I'm adding excersise to the dieting, I know it
> will help to track that as well, but what other measures can be taken
> to keep me on the straight and narrow with my running?
> 3.) Urban sidewalks or treadmill at a gym? I may or may not be able to
> afford a gym membership, so this question might be moot, but is there a
> specific advantage or disadvantage to either of these that I should be
> aware of?
> 4.) How essential is it that I have special "running-wear," like the
> t-shirts made of *** fibers that supposedly keep you dry and cool?
> Are they a worthwhile investment? Or are my cotton t-shirts fine? Same
> with socks...
> Thanks in advance,
I'd like to thank everyone for their kind advice. So that you know what
I'm doing with that advice, here's an update...
I went today to the nearest "running store," which was actually quite a
trek, considering the fact that I'm in Los Angeles (explaining both my
"urban sidewalks" approach and my concern in late October for "keeping
cool"...regarding sidewalks, I'll never run in the streets of LA, I'm
no fool). I paid more than I'd budgeted for shoes ($90, I'd planned for
$75), but feel confident that I've got the right ones, and I'm glad
that I was advised to defer to the professionals in this choice. Turns
out that I am mostly flat-footed (which is why I expected that I was an
overpronator), but I only overpronate on my right foot, and I have a
relatively normal gait on my left. It's funny, after it was pointed out
to me, I noticed it right away. I ended up with a pair of Asics GT
2110, and I doubt if I'll look back. One thing that I love is the
airflow through the front of the shoe... this has probably been
standard in athletic footwear for quite some time, but it has been over
a decade since I've owned or worn athletic footwear. Anyhow, it is
quite nice. I was fitted for 6 or 7 pairs, and this was the shoe that
just felt "right."
When I was doing "sample runs" for the clerk, I was running at what I
felt was a restrained pace, and I was told to slow down. It really put
into perspective the conditioning that I need to go through in order to
make this work. He told me that if I hadn't run in as long as I said,
and I continued to run at that pace, I'd either give up or injure
myself in the first two weeks. Advice taken, so now I'll be starting
week one with a routine of 2/3 wlaking 1/3 running every other day (in
five/ten minute increments), and an hour of walking on my "rest days."
I used to walk seven miles once a week, so I'll be glad to be walking
again (since moving to LA, I've stopped).
I decided to buy one pair of nice, non-cotton, high-tech socks, and I'm
saving these for a couple of weeks from now, when I intend to try one
day a week of running 1/2, walking 1/2. I'll see if my feet are indeed
more comfortable in them, and if they are, I'll likely "reward" myself
for sticking with it by buying a few extra pairs so that I can use them
on my "run" days and still only have to clean them once a week.
I tried out the Nike+iPod thing with my Nano (which I already had, by
the way... as a gift. the only financial contribution I had to make was
the $30 sensor kit) and it seemed really cool. Obviously my shoes
aren't designed for it, and I only today mail-ordered the sensor sleeve
that attaches to my shoelaces and makes it work for any pair of shoes,
but I already know that I'm going to appreciate the feedback,
documentation, and motivation that it will provide.
In summary, I have only one more question: how important is it that I
run at the same time of day every day that I run? And how should I
schedule my running compared to my meals? Should I run before or after
Thanks to everyone for your support. Without an established, helpful,
and informative community such as this, I'd likely have failed on my
own in trying to make this work.