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Do you practice barefoot running?

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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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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

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

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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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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?
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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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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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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