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View Poll Results: Do you practice barefoot running?
Yes, often - mostly barefoot 0 0%
Yes, often - with 5-fingers/minimalist shoes/etc 7 100.00%
On occasion 4 80.00%
No, but tell me more! 6 100.00%
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#1 Old 11-11-2011, 09:12 AM
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Does anyone practice this?

Since beginning the Couch to 5k plan a month ago, I've been researching running and have become really interested in barefoot/minimalist running.

Any suggestions/comments?
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#2 Old 11-11-2011, 09:15 AM
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I had a former Olympic sprinter as a roommate when I was an undergrad who could run faster barefoot than with tennis shoes. FWIW. His coach made him wear shoes, however, to protect his feet.
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I am really interested in trying barefoot running. I only hear good things. I am thinking to get a pair of minimalist shoes with my next paycheque and give it a go. I see more and more people doing it these days.
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It's not for me. My one and only broken bone so far in my life was my pinky toe. I broke it because I was barefoot. Now I'm more protective of my toes. Besides, I need the cushion shoes provide.
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have I got a group for you! ARe you on FB? this is the Vegan Super Fitness Group https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/96208583294/
and a bunch of them are barefoot or minimalist runners!

Erskien is a barefoot athlete: https://www.facebook.com/#!/Barefoot811RV
Jeff runs with minimalist shoes: https://www.facebook.com/#!/jeff.sekerak He is the admin for the above group
Mark is a crazy long distance runner.....I can only look up to these people, but they are all on that group and talk about their runs. give it a join! https://www.facebook.com/#!/mep1966?sk=wall

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I own a pair of minimalist shoes. I use them about once or twice a week on my short runs.
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have I got a group for you! ARe you on FB? this is the Vegan Super Fitness Group https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/96208583294/
and a bunch of them are barefoot or minimalist runners!

Erskien is a barefoot athlete: https://www.facebook.com/#!/Barefoot811RV
Jeff runs with minimalist shoes: https://www.facebook.com/#!/jeff.sekerak He is the admin for the above group
Mark is a crazy long distance runner.....I can only look up to these people, but they are all on that group and talk about their runs. give it a join! https://www.facebook.com/#!/mep1966?sk=wall

and Victor Van Epps too https://www.facebook.com/profile.php...victorevanepps

Awesome! Thank you!!!
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enjoy the broken glass in your feet
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a couple more links for you! was posted on that group on FB: https://www.facebook.com/mustachemantraining1, uses minimalist shoes
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I own a pair of minimalist shoes. I use them about once or twice a week on my short runs.

How do you find them? Do they improve your running form at all? Do you plan to use them on longer runs in future?
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Rarely.

Too much of it isn't that good either way.

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i don't know Envy, some of those guys are long distance barefoot runners. They way you run is completely different than you do in shoes, as far as how your feet strike the ground. They say there is alot less stress on the heel....BUT,it is something that has to be worked up to.

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Wouldn't this cause major calluses to form on one's feet? I like to have soft skin.
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How do you find them? Do they improve your running form at all? Do you plan to use them on longer runs in future?

I like them. I find I am more aware of how I'm landing on my feet and I think my form has slowly improved. I've had knee problems in the past and need support on long runs that minimalist shoes just wouldn't give me, so I have no plans for anything longer than 3 miles.
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BUT,it is something that has to be worked up to.

This is very true. I've read that when you start you should be running less than a mile and then slowly work your way up...
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My son, 18, runs barefoot. He hates shoes anyway, and it is pretty warm here year round. I worry about his stepping on glass or something, but he loves it.
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i don't know Envy, some of those guys are long distance barefoot runners. They way you run is completely different than you do in shoes, as far as how your feet strike the ground. They say there is alot less stress on the heel....BUT,it is something that has to be worked up to.

No, I run in a similar manner, even with shoes.

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I have plantar facitiis. Would this be good for me? Currently, I can do nothing high impact. I had a pretty severe case of PF.
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Merci, if you currently have PF, then no, don't try running. You really need to let that heal, and it can take a long time. Sometimes, people need to get casted to allow the ligaments to heal properly. So, if you're actively having an issue with the fasciitis, stay low key, and let your foot heal

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Merci, if you currently have PF, then no, don't try running. You really need to let that heal, and it can take a long time. Sometimes, people need to get casted to allow the ligaments to heal properly. So, if you're actively having an issue with the fasciitis, stay low key, and let your foot heal

Yes, I still have it. I really miss high impact activities. Someone told me about Vibrams, and barefoot running and how it healed their PF. Thanks for the info
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I'm not sure why anyone would say to try running on actively inflammed fascia, but I'm pretty sure that would do nothing but aggrevate the situation. Now there are exercises that help, are you doing those? Like rolling your foot over a can of veggies or a water bottle?

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Yes, I am doing the stretches, I am using a tennis ball to roll my foot over (which really helps,) and I am doing a lot of yoga instead of any impact exercises.

Can you use barefoot running techniques for walking? I do walk quite a bit, and I am not sure if it is good, but I can't stand getting hardly any exercise.
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Im interested in barefoot running, but I'm too afraid to step on glass or even a rock. Do you run on pavement/cement? What about running on grass at a park? I think if I lived closer to the beach (even if it was 45 minutes away!) I would definitely run barefoot there.
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I know a guy who runs barefoot, completely barefoot. His feet are well cool.
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I don't have any real answers except what I read from the other guys in that group. they live for running, and talk about their running excursions all the time. One guy runs through the mountains of Oregon. He's taken and shown pictures which are beautiful.

Merci, if you're not letting your foot/feet heal, it's going to take longer. Can you do upper body stuff at a gym?

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Im interested in barefoot running, but I'm too afraid to step on glass or even a rock. Do you run on pavement/cement? What about running on grass at a park? I think if I lived closer to the beach (even if it was 45 minutes away!) I would definitely run barefoot there.

Broken glass and rocks are fairly easy to avoid if you're on pavement and watch where you're going. Running on grass is where it gets tricky - so many things could be hiding there.
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I've heard that a whole 'nother aspect to complete barefoot running is that your body becomes much more aware of your surroundings. You feel the texture and temperature of the ground you're running on, whether it be warm pavement/wet, cool grass and such. I think that alone would give me a lot of pleasure. When I'm out running now, I try to land on the fore/mid of my foot rather than my heel, but my calves and tendons and everything are not used to it (and get sore), so I can't do it the entire time. I love the way my body moves, though, when I land like this. Laugh if you want, but I feel like a leaping gazelle instead of a stomping dinosaur. Well, that may be a bit of a stretch, but you get the picture. It feels like my feet and body and legs were made to bounce like that, rather then plop-plop-plop down the road, it's more of a boing-boing-boing. Once I am done with my C25k training, I will be looking more seriously into barefoot running and the likes.
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did you happen to join Jeff's group? here's a recommendation from him to someone else....read Saxton's BAREFOOT RUNNING STEP BY STEP,( to re-strengthen entire foot.)

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Yes, I joined, thank you! I will check out the book when I get a chance.

I was speaking to my dad a few days ago about running barefoot vs. with shoes and I was talking about how you land on your feet. He shook his head no, which threw me off because he usually eagerly supports me. He then went on to explain that when you REALLY run how you should, you land on your forefront, not on your heels. (My dad used to do long-distance and hurdles in high school and college.)

SO... that clicked, in my head... that the forefront-landing running should always be practiced, to maximize efficiency and potential - barefoot just makes it more obvious.
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i think regular running shoes prohibit that....that is the point, that shoes don't allow you to land how you would if barefoot....I wish I could try running, but I have huge bunions that get inflammed easily even from hitting the pavement walking fast.

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