September 17th marks the 8th annual NYC Pizza Run, where fitness buffs clock just over three miles—all while gobbling up two slices of pizza along the way. What could be more Instagram-worthy than that? According to race organizers, “In a food obsessed metropolis where people are always on the run, putting together an event which pays tribute to some of the city’s defining characteristics seemed like a no-brainer!” This year, the run moves from Tompkins Square Park in the East Village of Manhattan to Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, where you can run a full 5K.
Gearing Up For the Eighth Annual NYC Pizza Run
Posted by Jenn F. on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
Why NYC Podiatrists Recommend the Pizza Run
It may sound counterintuitive to race while scarfing down over 800 calories, but by some estimates, you can almost burn off the calories in one slice of pizza during the course of running a 5K. Yet, for the patients NYC podiatrists see, healthy habits are largely about overcoming inertia—finding an activity that is fun and likely to stick.
“The best forms of exercise are the ones that don’t feel like torture,” explains Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, DPM, founder of The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. “In our Manhattan and Westchester offices, we see a lot of patients with weight problems and stiffness in the feet due to inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle.”
“Something as basic as walking every day can make a big impact,” he adds. “As an avid runner myself, I can honestly say that it’s a hobby that can really get in your head. You think about running in your quiet time, find camaraderie among other passionate runners, and really look forward to the exhilaration of the post-run.”
How to Prepare For a 5K Race
NYC podiatrists have a few tips for gearing up for an event like the NYC Pizza Run:
- While you can’t go from couch potato to 5K overnight, you can safely build up to a 3-mile run in around two months’ time.
- Get two pairs of running shoes to allow for adequate drying time between wears.
- Avoid minimalist footwear, and go with footwear brands like Asics, Saucony, Brooks, New Balance, or Mizuno.
- For routine aches, ask a podiatrist for custom orthotics to add personalized padding to any pair of shoes.
- Have a professional fit you for your shoes since most people wear the wrong size.
- Always warm up and cool down by stretching and walking for at least five minutes. Increase mileage, time, or intensity by no more than 10% from week to week.
If you have foot pain that lasts longer than three to five days, pain that worsens, or pain that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter drugs, then contact a board-certified NYC podiatrist. Happy racing!
If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.