Guide for heavier runners
Two of the great things about running is that is simple and a very effective way of getting in
shape. As such, it attracts people from all walks of life and in all shapes and sizes.
Everyone can enjoy running but it can be particularly challenging for people who are heavier
than the norm. So, if you’re just a big person or carrying a bit of weight you may be looking
to lose, you might need to take a slightly closer look at the type of shoe you’re looking to
buy. Most brands make shoes that will be suitable for you so there’s no need to worry.
As you run, you exert forces through your body of between 1.5 and 3 times your body
weight and this can and does lead to leg problems exasperated / exaggerated in the heavier
runner, so finding a pair of shoes with good shock absorption and support is vital.
Start by looking at the upper. You will need a shoe that will support your feet; hold your feet
in place as you put that force through your shoe. A common problem with the wrong
footwear is that the upper will stretch and could tear as it just isn’t strong enough or being
supported enough. Look a shoe with strong overlays; the materials brands’ lay over the top
of the upper to give additional support. You’ll need support around the heel, around the
midfoot and forefoot areas. These overlays are strategically placed and stop the upper from
stretching and getting baggy.
The next thing to look at is the cushioning. Steer clear of very soft shoes, you don’t need a
shoe that is going to be ‘the softest’. Soft, for a heavy runner, does not mean cushioning.
You’ll destroy a soft pair of shoes in no time at all. They won’t offer the durability you’ll
require and they’ll compress quickly.
Soft for a big person often means unstable. Think of that soft cushioning acting like jello. All
that soft cushioning wobbling underneath you with your feet, Achilles tendon, ankle
ligaments and calf muscles etc., making a ton of little adjustments to help you stabilize
yourself. In short, an unstable shoe will increase your likelihood of injury.
Instead, look for a firmer shoe (remember, cushioning doesn’t = softness) that can cushion
your weight and offers a supportive ride through the running cycle. A firm shoe will be more
stable and more durable while offering the protection you’ll need.
Firm cushioning is good for the heavier runner and it’s also more cost effective!
Now you’re more aware of the pitfalls, what shoes do you go for? Well, we’ve done the
groundwork for you. Here are our
Best shoes for the heavier man
Best shoes for the heavier woman
Maybe 8 shoes for each?