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Dr. Jared Shippee – Utah Running Expert

Dr. Jared Shippee – DPM, Athlete


Dr Shippee began his passion for running, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle many years ago. Having been raised in a very active community in California, where hiking, mountain biking, and surfing were a staple. Dr Shippee later moved to Utah where he attended the University of Utah earning a degree in Exercise and Sport Science. It was there one of his kinesiology professors highlighted the Podiatric profession. Later, he took up running races and triathlons and began to develop foot pain.

Knowing a neighbor who was a foot doctor and visiting his office to see what that profession involved, he was hooked. Since graduating from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine he’s enjoyed the focus of podiatry on an active lifestyle and working with both young and old. He frequently will give free community lectures for hospitals, clubs or classes focusing on exercise and its benefits on weight management. He also offers free video gait analysis in his various office locations, which range from Idaho to Brigham City Utah.

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by on Oct.01, 2011, under Utah Running Experts

Beginner Running Question


“I just started running…. what do you recommend for me to get started…. as started I mean I ran 2 miles up my road… I had to stop and walk some of it, and my lungs hurt so I think I need to work on my breathing… any advice would help…”


We would recommend taking a look at the following articles a few of our Experts have already written. Let us know if you have any further questions.

Getting started: How to Start and Beginning Runner Training
Breathing: Pre-Exercise Ventilation

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What should I eat before a race?

Pre-Race Nutrition

After all the training that has been done leading up to your big event, the last mistake you would want to make race morning is with your pre race nutrition.   There are some athletes who decide that they want to skip all the confusion and try not eating.  While this may work for a morning 5K, it gets more risky with a 10K and down right nonsense for a half-marathon/marathon or triathlon.  There have been several studies done that repeatedly show substantial increases in performance with proper fueling before an event.  In addition to increasing performance and topping off glycogen (energy) stores, a pre race meal will also help avoid hunger, stabilize blood sugar (especially in those who are sugar sensitive), hydrate the body, still leave your stomach empty by race time and help prevent gastrointestinal distress when done correctly.  So in other words, you will feel and perform better.  The key is to customize your eating habit based on your weight, race distance and food sensitivities.

Here are some basic guidelines to follow for a pre-race morning:

  1. Consume .5-1 gram of carbs per lb of body weight the morning of race[i].  For longer races stick to the 1 gram/lb. At least half of it in solid food eaten no later than 2 hours before the race.  The rest of the requirement can be taken in the form of a pre race hydration drink (see below) between 90-30 minutes prior to start time. There are some extra sensitive people that can only do liquids the morning of and that is OK(especially for short, less than 40 minutes, and high intensity racing) Some people keep a packet of gel to take 10-15 minutes before if they can tell they need a little more, so carry one just in case.
  2. Choose a solid food meal that is low to moderate in glycemic value. This is a key piece that will help keep your blood sugar stable before and during the race.  One reason some people feel hungry right before the start is that their pre event breakfast was way to high in simple sugars (i.e.: fruit loops, white breads, candy.) which caused a hypoglycemic reaction. People seem to be more sensitive to this blood sugar drop on race day.  With a lower glycemic meal, a steady stream of fuel will be released into the muscle during the first part of the race and allow your body to wait until later to use the other carbs you have stored up in the days before.
  3. Avoid high fat and high protein meals. This will slow down the absorption of carbs too much and then you end up trying to race on a full stomach. Yuck! That would be a gastrointestinal disaster. Some “lighter” protein is OK in order to reduce the glycemic index of a meal and make it “stick.” Acceptable protein would be eggs or whey protein, which are both easily digestible.
  4. Keep the fiber intake low. This would not be good time for a bean burrito. No explanation needed, ehh?
  5. Drink 12-24 oz. of fluid, stopping about 30 min. before race start. If you eat mostly solid food, then your fluid choice will be water.  But for some athletes, some or all fluids will be in the form of a hydration drink.

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What shoes are the best shoes for daily running?

It is very important that you run in a running specific shoe. This is one of those things that is worth going to a specialty running store and spending some money on.

First of all, a specialty running store will be able to tell you what type of shoe you should be wearing (neutral/cushion, stability, or motion control…Look at Dr. Rocco’s article on How do I pick a good running shoe?).

Second, specialty running shoe stores will have the newest shoes out there. Now this isn’t a matter of fashion, it is important to buy shoes that haven’t been sitting on a shelf for a year. The cushioning system in a shoe naturally breaks down over time, even just sitting on a shelf. Make sure you switch out your running shoes often. A good rule of thumb is to get new shoes every 400-600 miles or at least every year (whichever comes first). Another matter to consider is what type of terrain you are running on. You may want to go with a trail running shoe if you are doing a lot of running on trails or snow.

Final point, spending time and money on finding a good shoe is a runner’s best injury prevention tool.

by Janae Richardson, Runner and High School Cross Country and Track Coach

To see other expert answers to questions from the Utah Running Expert page Click Here.

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How do I pick a good running shoe?

How do I Select the Correct Running Shoe?

Jeffrey Rocco, M.D.

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

One of the most important pieces of equipment for endurance athletes is their running shoes.  While the correct shoes can’t do your workout for you, they can support you and protect you from injury in your quest for a PR.  The wrong running shoe can be an impediment to your training, and in some cases may even be the source of injury.  Ongoing biomechanical stresses perpetuated by the wrong running shoe may also prevent an injury from ever healing.

In addition to proper sizing, the correct running shoe should match an athlete’s foot morphology (shape).  With regards to sizing, the shoe should fit snugly in the heel and should have plenty of room to wiggle the toes.  Feet tend to swell when running, and if your toes are touching the end of the shoe, you will probably end up losing toenails.  To check the length of the shoe simply stand up and place your thumbnail at the end of the longest toe.  There should be about half of a thumbnails length between the tip of the toe and the end of the shoe.  In general most people end up with a running shoe that is sized one size larger than their street shoe.

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So who answers what? Expert Questions

So who answers what? Expert Questions

When it comes to the questions that people ask the Expert Panel, as a UtahRunning.com team we decide who on our Expert Panel will be best able to answer the question based on their background and expertise.

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