Doc’s Talk (excerpts from Andrew Laurence’s synopsis):
Dr. Scaff spoke to the group on “How To Pick A Pair Of Running Feet”.
While in medical school, Dr. Scaff worked among the Igorot Headhunters who live in the Philippine’s Northern Luzon Mountains. They go through life barefoot. To us their feet may appear grotesque; they are architecturally perfectly adapted for running.
Shoes, including running shoes, seem to be the source of all our foot and leg problems. Wearing shoes since birth our feet have been deformed and prevented from growing, whereas people in places where shoes are not worn as much have feet which are adapted to the natural environment and are better for running.
From morning to afternoon your feet get one size bigger. When you run for one hour your feet get another size bigger. After a year of running your feet get bigger again.
So at this time, Dr. Scaff recommends you buy running shoes that are one size bigger than you normally wear, loose on the sides, with one to one and a half finger widths of space between the tip of the shoe and the tip of your longest toe.
For more information refer to Chapter 19 “How to Pick A Pair of Running Feet”, in Your First Marathon – The Last Word In Long Distance Running, by Jack H. Scaff Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.M., available for purchase at the Honolulu Marathon Clinic on Sundays and online at: http://yourfirstmarathon.net/buy-online-today/
To acquire a full, unabridged version of Doc’s Sunday talks see Bruce Mullikin for a copy on thumb drive.
Thanks to staffers Dean and Lisa K. for the great food and drink at table duty. The assortment of food was perfect. Mahalo!!!
Second Great Shoe Talk:
This Sunday, April 6th at 9:00 at the Running Room. Continue reading