Other Barefoot Runners

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    Apr 15, 2010 6:54 AM GMT
    Hey hey

    Just wanted to see if anyone else on here runs barefoot also...

    I average about 50 or so miles a week. Just wanted to see if there was anyone else out there who did this!

    Cheers

    -Jordan
  • MikemikeMike

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    Apr 15, 2010 7:46 AM GMT
    Jordan
    get some decent running shoes! You're 19 now. If you continue to run that many miles barefoot your arches will fall before you're 30icon_idea.gif

    Those feet have to last you for life!!
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    Apr 15, 2010 2:11 PM GMT
    i run barefoot.

    i've come to a few conclusions...

    if you are a person with no ailments or previous injuries, running barefoot anywhere is AWESOME. in my case, i feel muscles i dont feel normally getting worked out.

    that being said, my brother has a bad knee and is also prone to shin splints. with him, we've run on various terrain barefoot but the best is soft leveled grass. the beach if straight is also ok but you can't RUN RUN on the beach as you really need your knees. the sand is great for absorbing shock so if your a heavier guy, this might also be an option.

    mix it up too.

    i run 2 days barefoot, 3 days with shoes.

    personally, it all depends on the person too.

    i'm almost ALWAYS barefoot so the for me adding the shoes is more just to keep it consistent as i have to wear shoes at most places i go to work out and because i won't always have great terrain to run barefoot

    if your hard charging at 25+ miles and not feeling any pain, then more power to you.

    i do however recommend you actually take care of your feet. soak them, clean them, etc.
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    Apr 15, 2010 2:23 PM GMT
    I used to run bearefoot when I lived in Venice Beach California I would never do now where I live. I loved it then it's better for joints to run on sand.
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    Apr 15, 2010 2:28 PM GMT
    I gave it a shot. It's not for me. My Saucony progrids are my friends.
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    Apr 15, 2010 4:18 PM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidJordan
    get some decent running shoes! You're 19 now. If you continue to run that many miles barefoot your arches will fall before you're 30icon_idea.gif

    Those feet have to last you for life!!


    Hey thanks for the concern!

    I ran a lot with shoes for a long time and experienced a lot of pain... I've been filmed running and my form is good except for a little pronation in my left foot which typically causes me pain in the inside of my left ankle and shin splints.

    Did some research and started running barefoot. Hurt a little at first but it's a totally different way of running. The steps are a lot shorter. You're running pretty quickly but it looks more like a shuffle then anything else and most of the impact is in the ball of your foot, but there really is no impact if you're doing it correctly.
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    Apr 16, 2010 6:43 PM GMT
    i run in vibroms...http://www.vibramfivefingers.it/images/sprint/img1-large.jpg
    THEY ROCK
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    Apr 17, 2010 5:13 PM GMT
    i'm really curious about trying it out .
    I'm just so concerned about cutting myself though. The toes are not a place you want to get an infection in. How do you cope with that ?
    I now run mid sole through basically CHI running style.
    Sometimes i revert to a slightly more heel impact but only if i'm pushing really hard. But i think it's because of my shoes. I'm still using my Asics 2150 and the heel is pretty thick.
    Going to get myself some racing flats.


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    Apr 17, 2010 5:31 PM GMT
    I used to run barefoot when I was a teenager but then I moved and it was not safe to do so. I was thinking of trying out the vibramfivefingers because they look so cool. I have a couple of neighbors that run in them and really love them.
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    Apr 17, 2010 8:54 PM GMT
    xGromitx saidHey hey

    Just wanted to see if anyone else on here runs barefoot also...

    I average about 50 or so miles a week. Just wanted to see if there was anyone else out there who did this!

    Cheers

    -Jordan


    yes, I run barefoot all the time, but on grass or on the beach--my feet are fine after almost 50 years of running like that
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    Apr 18, 2010 4:28 PM GMT
    cclexington saidi run in vibroms...img1-large.jpg
    THEY ROCK

    Fixed and agree.

    Vibrams are as close to barefoot I can get out here.
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    Apr 18, 2010 4:37 PM GMT
    If you have absolutely perfect foot plant and absolutely no physiological issues, such as slight leg length differences, high or low arches and so on, then running barefoot would be fine, as long as you don't step on glass, sharp pebbles and a thousand other things that could cut, perforate, or cause contusions.

    Since most people DO have leg length discrepancies that are slight, and for which related problems do not emerge until you run repeatedly with no compensating arch supports/orthotics, possibly causing permanent damage, I think this is foolhardy for the vast, vast majority of people.

    I've been running 50 to 80 miles per week since 1980, and have no knee or foot issues now, but did in the 1990s. That's because a slight leg length discrepancy went undiagnosed for years, and all that running finally started to cause aggravated issues in joints, and tendons. True, I was not running barefoot.

    But I was adamant that I didn't "need" orthotics because I had no issues...until they cropped up...big time.

    I think this barefoot running craze is going to end up producing runners with lots of problems as they age...in some cases, causing them to give up the sport.
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    Apr 18, 2010 4:40 PM GMT
    5 fingers are awesome. They took a while to get use to, but now it's better. I have no knee or joint pain.

    Check out this article:

    http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/news/20100127/barefoot-running-laced-with-health-benefits
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    Apr 19, 2010 2:38 AM GMT
    theway4life saidI gave it a shot. It's not for me. My Saucony progrids are my friends.
    Saucony = Win! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif

    But I still prefer running barefoot on the beach.
  • mrcpu1

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    Apr 20, 2010 4:52 AM GMT
    I just picked up some five fingers a few weeks ago and starting running in them, at first it was awkward it certainly felt different. I noticed though that after a couple of runs, it feels more natural to me in the sense that my feet don't ache, other muscles in my legs certainly do, but it's not the pain type of ache, it's the "I've worked out" ache.

    The jury still out, is it a gimmick or craze? Perhaps, but then again so was the way of the automobile a while back.
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    Apr 20, 2010 5:16 PM GMT
    I grew up mostly wearing slippers/flipflops and my feet always feel more sluggish and clunky wearing shoes. I'm easing back into running after nursing ITB syndrome and some minor Achilles tendon issues. This time, I'm going completely barefoot. Right now, I'm in the middle of a pre-barefoot-running plan that involves just walking around barefoot and some calf and foot exercises. I hope to one day finish a (n ultra)marathon completely barefoot.
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    May 02, 2010 2:42 AM GMT
    Hey sorry, I lost track of this thread!

    I actually don't like the idea of the Vibrams. I've noticed that if I have any issues with blistering, it means that I'm pronating, or my form is off. Even slight adjustments can make a huge difference.

    I'm fortunate enough to live on the coast. Plenty of designated places to run. If I run south, I'm concrete which is a little more rough on my feet. If I run north, it's all asphalt which I find to take a lot of impact out of the run.

    I udnerstand why most people are wary of it, and it's a bummer it's become a fad because it sort of discredits it a lot because people generally tend to be skeptical of things that are popular (and that seem outrageous icon_razz.gif) I think you'd have to see someone do the stride correctly to really understand it.

    Think really short steps (meaning not a lot of knee movement) but at a quick pace, and the initial impact on the ball of your foot.

    I love, love, love it.

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    May 06, 2010 6:51 PM GMT
    I don't have a beach nearby me for running barefoot. I do like to run barefoot on the beach though my feet get sore pretty quickly running barefoot. I prefer to wear a nice fitting and supporting running shoe so I can run longer. -Vega Sinclair, Medical Insurance Advisor