Running Tips – Clydesdale Runners
Many road races have divisions especially for heavier runners. This is called the Clydesdale division. To qualify to run in this division, you must be a minimum of 200 pounds. If a race has this division, it will be shown on the race application. Here are some tips for Clydesdale runners.
Most of the rules that apply to lighter runners also apply to Clydesdale runners. However, there are some things that you need to be aware of and may need to modify your running. Now, I will be talking about “heavier” runners. That is not meant to be detrimental in any way.
First of all, you need to be careful about increasing your hard running. You still want to do long runs, speed work, hills, etc. that all runners should be doing. However, you need to be careful when increasing your mileage and running fast. You are carrying more weight and therefore you are exerting yourself more. So, it is even more important that you listen to your body.
Make sure that you are staying hydrated. You need more water than a smaller person for a couple of reasons. A heavier person sweats more than a smaller person and if a person that is in shape sweats more than a person that is out of shape. So, since you are a heavier person that is in shape – you need to make sure that you are getting plenty of water.
Shoes are important to Clydesdale runners. Make sure that you go to a specialized running store and fitter properly for your running shoes. You need to make sure that you have the support that you need. Heavier runners need a heavier midsole. The salesperson will be able to find you the shoe that will work for you.
It is important for all runners to change their shoes regularly – but even more so for Clydesdale runners. The rule of thumb is to stop running in your shoes after 300-400 miles. If you start noticing them breaking down – you definitely want to change them. Making sure of the support of your shoes will keep you from getting injured.
Make sure that you are using Vaseline or Body Glide on you before you head out for a run. Chafing is a problem for most runners – Clydesdale or not. You want to put this on all areas that you may chafe – where your arms swing against your body, between your thighs, etc. This will help you to stay more comfortable on your runs.