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11-24-2011, 04:53 PM
 
Hey Friends,

From time to time Greg, Gordon, Monty & Me still hear from wile e coyotes that have nothing better to do than ask stupid questions that they then want us to answer so that they can quote us out of context in order to make it seem as though we are saying something that we are not saying.

Example: One guy asked; Why are you guys jumping on the barefoot running bandwagon? You guys will look really silly when people leave it in droves because of injuries. What will you say about it then?

Answer: Barefoot (or running in minimalist foot attire) running is becoming popular as a way of avoiding injury and even healing past injury. There are thousands upon thousands of injured runners that spent tons of money on expensive shoes only to become one of the running wounded. So the point is that running in state of the art, high tech running shoes is no guarantee of pain free and injury free running. This in fact is why Barefoot running has gotten so much attention since the book "Born to Run" was released.

Here's the deal, If one adapts slowly into barefoot running it will eliminate a great number of injuries not only to the feet but also to the lower back and rest of the skeletal structure due to the feet becoming super strong and functioning as they were designed to function. This in turn will literally change one's posture while running. Truth to tell, most of the highly engineered and cushioned running shoes that some people choose to run in cause the feet to become weakened and atrophied over time and hence they no longer perform their intended function. By running barefoot or close to it in shoes like Vibram Five Fingers one allows the feet to perform their natural function. Hence the feet become much. much stronger and the change in posture improves one's over all health,strength and fitness.

Bottom line: We are not jumping on a bandwagon at all. I read about barefoot running in my Grandfather's Physical Culture Magazine from 1937 where Charles Atlas stated that he had run 10 miles barefoot earlier in the day in less than one hour. So barefoot running is nothing new and if it dies it will be because the equipment manufacturers can't capitalize on it and make a killing and then spread misinformation about it.

For those of you that want to become better runners for improved health, strength and fitness. Go to Coach Monty's forum and read the article in this thread.:http://transformetrics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9009

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11-26-2011, 03:34 AM
 
Bernarr McFadden was a big advocate of running and walking barefoot. He'd walk to his office in suit and tie, but barefoot. He also poked holes in his hat so his hair could breathe! It sounds funny to us, but it worked for him. The ole boy had a full head of hair and was fit and hardy up until the day he died.

Speaking of comical, I showed my wife some videos of the five finger shoes and she freaked out. In her mind it made them look like Planet of the Apes feet.

However, everything John is talking about has a valid point. I stand on concrete all day now, and I am discovering that thick soled workboots seem to be harder on the soles of my feet if I do a lot of walking during the day. I have had to start reusing a Noel Johnson trick I learned from John. Every morning and evening I roll the soles of my feet over a one inch piece of dowel rod for a few minutes. Otherwise by the end of the day my feet will hurt so much I cannot bear to stand.

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11-26-2011, 05:28 PM
 
Barefoot running has its place, some will be able to be patient enough to take it slow and barefoot run gradually. Personally I have not done this due to other issues like a knee problem now but I have been thinking of doing some light naked feet running once I am healed up. When I was young I did some running barefoot on a golf course. Felt great and I felt fast.

I am also going to have my distance kids do some barefoot running once track starts to strengthen their feet.

Any others doing this type of running, even just starting, please let us know your thoughts and experience.

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11-26-2011, 07:22 PM
 
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Any others doing this type of running, even just starting, please let us know your thoughts and experience.

Monty
I am assuming you are including minimalist footwear in your request for experiences with barefoot running. While I do not consider myself an "active" barefoot runner, I do go for runs once or twice a month in my Vibram Fivefingers (VFF). My experiences are all positive. I have run anywhere from short sprints to one ten mile run. Most runs are on the order of 3-4 miles. I try to run primarily off the concrete and asphalt, but that is mostly because I find it more enjoyable. I wore out my first pair of VFF running a lot on concrete and asphalt. At that time, maybe two years ago, I was running a few time a week in my VFF and getting pretty fast, or so I thought. I ran a mile (on a slight downhill incline) in 5:19, and 3 miles over hills and such in just over 20 minutes.

I still enjoy occasional distance runs, either in my VFF or on the beach barefoot, but most of my running now is playing ultimate frisbee, either in cleats on grass or barefoot on sand. I have played in my VFF, but often the conditions are such that I slit in my VFF, and cleats are really the way to go.

I built up to running barefoot by doing lots of barefoot walking. I also backpack, with up to 70 pounds, wearing my VFF. Even hiked across the Sierras this past summer in my VFF, including through snow, rocks, creaks, and over Mt. Whitney. I have always enjoyed being barefoot, so I can't say I notice a big difference in my life or physique. I also ride my bike to work daily, and because of that I think I have always had big calves. Can't say they have gotten bigger in the past few years with my switch to VFF.

Anyway, that is my barefoot lifestyle story, I have shared parts of it on this forum previously, now you have probably more than you wanted all in one spot.

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11-26-2011, 07:32 PM
 
I just realized my previous post to this thread is pretty similar to one I posted recently on another minimalist running thread. Feel free to leave it off the forum if you see it as a repeat also.

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11-27-2011, 11:48 AM
 
Great post sbslider, thanks for sharing your experience, we need more of this here, the lurkers need to share too. HAHA!!


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03-25-2012, 11:01 AM
 
I have been looking into some sort of minimalist shoe as of late. What is the forums preference of the VFF or the "normal" minimalist flat sole? Do you recommend also using the VFF socks with the shoes? I assumed one would wear them with no socks but I have seen other forums talk about wearing the socks? Any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks
 
 
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