Running advice for tall men with flat feet.

  • armyjockboi

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    May 29, 2012 9:12 PM GMT
    I always hated running due to the topic of this forum, however I recently developed a tasted for running and now I love it. I have ran about 8 to 9 miles the last three days, pacing myself. However, I want to learn is there something I should look out for being 6.2, 170, with long legs and flat feet? What form should I use and what type of stretches should I do before and after running?
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    May 30, 2012 12:43 AM GMT
    Find a reputable running store in your area and ask them. They can usually assess your gate and can give you the proper shoes for your running needs. Don't be afraid to try on several pairs/ brands until you find the right one. Good luck and post when you sign up for your first 1/2 marathon icon_smile.gif
  • armyjockboi

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    May 30, 2012 1:59 AM GMT
    Thanks for the confidence, however I don't see myself ever being on marathon level. New Balance seems to have the best arch support for me as far as shoes go but I more-so need to know the proper way to run I should say.
  • rhkida10

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    Jun 26, 2012 12:39 AM GMT
    I have flat feet too...I usually found Mizuno had pretty good shoes for people who need a lot of support. I think I use their Wave Alchemy shoe, but I'd have to check...
  • Dominican_Gen...

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    Jun 26, 2012 12:49 AM GMT
    When it comes to running shoes, the 3 big names are Saucony, Ascis and Mizuno. I would place New Balance and Adidas as a tie on the 4th spot. Research those brands first.

    Me and my boyfriend, also a tall guy with no feet arc, are using Saucony and we are pretty happy with then. In general I find Saucony to be the most comfortable but not the most durable.

    As someone else said, knowing your type of gate and pronation is just as important as knowing your arc type. Here the wrong choice can literally put you out in the benches for a looong time. Best advice is go to specialized store where they can do a computer analysis on your gate. Once you know that info you are armed to choose the brand and model that really suits you.
  • Dominican_Gen...

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    Jun 26, 2012 12:55 AM GMT
    P.s. Your weight and type of surface you are planning to run in play MAYOR impact on the choice of shoe. A shoe for trail running won't last on an asphalt road, and a shoe for asphalt won't provide enough grip on the soil trail, etc.
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    Jun 28, 2012 5:17 AM GMT
    A forum like this is really not the best source of accurate technical information. Go to someplace like RUNNERS WORLD for advice about training, distance, stretching, recovery, etc. With flat feet you'll need good shoes of the right type. As someone above advised, go to a good running store -- they are trained in fitting your feet and matching you with the best shoe for your weight, experience, speed. At some point you may need orthotics if plain shoes don't provide correct support; you'll find out soon enough as your mileage increases. So take it slow, don't increase your distance too quickly or you WILL get injured. and have FUN.
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    Jun 28, 2012 5:25 AM GMT
    Can't speak to your flat feet, but I know "cadence" is important. I think we are the same size and I have to pay attention to foot placement and the pace of the run/pace my feet are turning over.

    Like others have said..."Go to a running store" and don't feel weird asking specifically how to run. They will prob say mid/forefront, but make sure you are placing your feet and not "throwing them" out in front of you. The rest is just practice. Good luck and keep us updated.

    *P.S. I am not an expert*


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    Jun 28, 2012 5:38 AM GMT
    My arches dropped from various lower leg/foot injuries... I went to physical therapy for months and I finally learned how to run "properly." I also invest in quality orthotics. They don't have to be custom. I'd suggest going to a specialty running store and getting their opinion.