Running Barefoot

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    Apr 24, 2009 2:23 PM GMT
    I love to run, plain and simple, but a knee injury has been holding me back. Recently I came across an article about running barefoot, and seeing the logic it presented, I decided to try it. What is the general consensus out there about this?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1170253/The-painful-truth-trainers-Are-expensive-running-shoes-waste-money.html
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    Apr 24, 2009 3:26 PM GMT
    It's claimed that's how the kenyans do it and we know they are some of the best if not the best long distance runners the world has ever produced.

    I couldn't do it though. If I'm outside, I must have shoes on
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    Apr 24, 2009 3:52 PM GMT
    Interesting article. Not for me. I have sensitive feet and wouldn't be able to run without sneakers on.
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    Apr 24, 2009 3:57 PM GMT
    I really enjoy running barefoot. I don't do it all the time, but when I can I do. I believe it does make me a faster runner because I run more on the balls of my feet rather then using my heels, which I do when I wear shoes. I advise trying it, but start with a short distance. you have to toughen up your feet first. You will get blisters and it is really easy to slice you foot, or twist an ankle if you are not aware of your footing. Just be careful.
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    Apr 24, 2009 4:02 PM GMT
    CaptainPlanet saidI really enjoy running barefoot. I don't do it all the time, but when I can I do. I believe it does make me a faster runner because I run more on the balls of my feet rather then using my heels, which I do when I wear shoes. I advise trying it, but start with a short distance. you have to toughen up your feet first. You will get blisters and it is really easy to slice you foot, or twist an ankle if you are not aware of your footing. Just be careful.
    At the beach?
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    Apr 24, 2009 4:06 PM GMT
    SwimBikeRun- I do run barefoot at the beach, but I also will run on pavement, a dirt trail, or even a grass feild when I play soccer. As long as you know why type of surface you are running on then you should be good.
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    Apr 24, 2009 4:19 PM GMT
    CaptainPlanet saidSwimBikeRun- I do run barefoot at the beach, but I also will run on pavement, a dirt trail, or even a grass feild when I play soccer. As long as you know why type of surface you are running on then you should be good.
    I like running barefoot in a grass field, do a series of short burst runs. Dirt trail eh? You must have tough feet! Pavement seems to unforgiving. I'd be too worried about slicing my foot open on an upturned piece of broken glass.
    There's a special place in Hell for those who leave broken glass lying about te beach. Grrr....
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    Apr 24, 2009 4:43 PM GMT
    swimbikerun said
    CaptainPlanet saidI really enjoy running barefoot. I don't do it all the time, but when I can I do. I believe it does make me a faster runner because I run more on the balls of my feet rather then using my heels, which I do when I wear shoes. I advise trying it, but start with a short distance. you have to toughen up your feet first. You will get blisters and it is really easy to slice you foot, or twist an ankle if you are not aware of your footing. Just be careful.
    At the beach?


    So far I've been using the indoor track, though I tried the outdoor track yesterday. I find it to be a little slippery on the indoor track. Because I'm running faster, I have to slow down when I turn the corners so my feet don't slip out from under me. The outdoor track was much better because of the soft surface and its texture gives more traction (Its also a full sized track, unlike the indoor one), though the texture was hard on my feet. Perhaps if I keep it up my feet will toughen up? if the Kenyans can do it.... icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 25, 2009 1:54 PM GMT
    or you can run in very light spikes or those plastic feet cases ;) You have natural movement of the foot and some protection. ALso your feet toughen up over time.

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    Apr 25, 2009 2:14 PM GMT
    I hear this is supposed to help with Plantar Fascitis, too. (which I think I'm getting, ugh)..

    I guess cause you hit the balls of your feet differently...anyone ever heard of that.



    and I wanna shout out to danwestla for the advice on helping relieve the PF...thanks, man.

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    Apr 25, 2009 4:57 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidor you can run in very light spikes or those plastic feet cases ;) You have natural movement of the foot and some protection. ALso your feet toughen up over time.


    What are Plastic feet cases? The first thing that came to mind were "crocks", but I don't like those in general, not to mention running! haha
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    Apr 25, 2009 5:11 PM GMT
    I read and posted about that article recently too.

    I live in a city. Running barefoot is just not an option unless I want glass in my foot. Check out these crazy near-bare shoes.

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    Nike has also launched a line called Free. Which is basically just a thin rubber sole with not padding. The freedom of running almost barefoot for only $90.
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    Apr 25, 2009 5:30 PM GMT
    have you, or anyone else tried these?
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    Apr 25, 2009 6:00 PM GMT
    Thanks so much for that interesting article. I have an awful problem with pronated feet that just keeps getting worse...I've swam mostly so it's not a huge problem but it keeps me from running, which I enjoy too. It is also causing knee problems.

    This article makes me wonder if the shoes I wear to alleviate the pronation is actually causing it by all the mechanics described in the article. I am going to try my hand at barefoot running and I'll post updates.

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    Apr 27, 2009 12:33 AM GMT
    To say I'm intrigued is an understatement. Thank you for posting this article. I've been laboring on a painful achilles-tendon issue for the past 5 months and still have flare-ups.

    So where do I find these barefoot shoes?icon_smile.gif I need to stimulate the economyicon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 27, 2009 1:02 AM GMT

    I'm perfectly spry, but I hate wearing shoes when I run, they always feel to be slowing me down. Those slippers seem perfect, because running the track at my gym barefoot would look soooo dumb.
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    Apr 27, 2009 1:25 AM GMT
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    Apr 30, 2009 1:29 PM GMT
    that sexy
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    May 07, 2009 8:47 PM GMT
    I just bought some Vibram five-finger sprints. Now to the running!
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    May 07, 2009 8:47 PM GMT
    PS I found mine at an outdoors store here in town called Backwoods. Might have luck there, anyone lookin for em.
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    May 07, 2009 9:06 PM GMT
    apollodok04 saidPS I found mine at an outdoors store here in town called Backwoods. Might have luck there, anyone lookin for em.
    Hmmm... I'm curious to see how you like them.
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    May 10, 2009 3:34 PM GMT
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    apollodok04 saidPS I found mine at an outdoors store here in town called Backwoods. Might have luck there, anyone lookin for em.
    Hmmm... I'm curious to see how you like them.


    Me too. Please post. I hear they take a few weeks of getting used to. But after that they are wonderful.
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    May 10, 2009 3:41 PM GMT
    I just run a 7k this morning. And I saw a guy running barefoot and he is really cool about it. Actually, there an earlier thread about this long ago. I am amaze how anyone can run under a hot sun, barefooted on a road ....but I have see it myself with my own eyes.
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    Jun 13, 2009 10:43 PM GMT
    Another barefoot runner here. I run on sand, at the beach. Almost exclusively, to the point where it feels *wrong* for me to run in shoes on pavement.
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    Jun 13, 2009 10:53 PM GMT
    Running barefoot only works on compliant natural surfaces. The laws of physics cannot be violated, and severe impacts to the joints of feet and knees will cause damage over time. That may not have been a major factor for primitive people who only lived to be half our modern life span, but for those of us expecting to see our 80s, it could leave us crippled in later life.

    The correct answer is to wear shock-absorbing modern footwear when running or jogging. Bare feet or minimal thongs are healthy & great for wear around the house or back yard, but not for high-impact sports.

    I ran in hard Army boots for 25 years; now I walk with a cane. I don't recommend it.