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Does anyone practice this?<br><br>
Since beginning the Couch to 5k plan a month ago, I've been researching running and have become really interested in barefoot/minimalist running.<br><br>
Any suggestions/comments?
 

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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 <a href="https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/96208583294/" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/96208583294/</a><br>
and a bunch of them are barefoot or minimalist runners!<br><br>
Erskien is a barefoot athlete: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/#!/Barefoot811RV" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/#!/Barefoot811RV</a><br>
Jeff runs with minimalist shoes: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/#!/jeff.sekerak" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/#!/jeff.sekerak</a> He is the admin for the above group<br>
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! <a href="https://www.facebook.com/#!/mep1966?sk=wall" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/#!/mep1966?sk=wall</a><br><br>
and Victor Van Epps too <a href="https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000486866893#!/victorevanepps" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/profile.php...victorevanepps</a>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Photojess</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3034745"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
have I got a group for you! ARe you on FB? this is the Vegan Super Fitness Group <a href="https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/96208583294/" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/96208583294/</a><br>
and a bunch of them are barefoot or minimalist runners!<br><br>
Erskien is a barefoot athlete: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/#!/Barefoot811RV" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/#!/Barefoot811RV</a><br>
Jeff runs with minimalist shoes: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/#!/jeff.sekerak" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/#!/jeff.sekerak</a> He is the admin for the above group<br>
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! <a href="https://www.facebook.com/#!/mep1966?sk=wall" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/#!/mep1966?sk=wall</a><br><br>
and Victor Van Epps too <a href="https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000486866893#!/victorevanepps" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/profile.php...victorevanepps</a></div>
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Awesome! Thank you!!!
 

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a couple more links for you! was posted on that group on FB: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/mustachemantraining1" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/mustachemantraining1</a>, uses minimalist shoes<br>
blog of his....<a href="http://mustachemantraining.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">http://mustachemantraining.blogspot.com/</a><br>
website: <a href="http://www.mustachemantraining.com/" target="_blank">http://www.mustachemantraining.com/</a>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>AddieB</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3035049"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I own a pair of minimalist shoes. I use them about once or twice a week on my short runs.</div>
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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?
 

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Rarely.<br><br>
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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How do you find them? Do they improve your running form at all? Do you plan to use them on longer runs in future?</div>
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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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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Photojess</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3035728"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
BUT,it is something that has to be worked up to.</div>
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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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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Photojess</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3035728"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
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.</div>
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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</div>
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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 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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