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8/18/09 10:08 A

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Wen I run barefoot, I personally run in the grass or sand at the beach (low tide) if I am worried about things that could hurt me on the ground, I wear my Vibrams Five Fingers. Wearing them is just like being barefoot! I love mine!

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8/18/09 8:03 A

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I've heard a lot of interesting things about running barefoot that make complete sense. In many of the races near me, there is always a man who runs barefoot. It strikes up a conversation between me and whoever i'm with, every time. I worry most about stepping on things and the germs/infections on the ground. Rocks, glass, metal. Not to mention plantars warts. How do manage to keep your feet healthy?

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8/17/09 12:03 P

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Thsi is a great article! Thank you! :-)
I love that descriptive picture at the end! It says it all by itself.

I was looking at my running photos from last year (in my SP gallery) and it is pretty obvious on some of them that I land on my heel when I run in sneakers.

It would be interesting to take pics of my feet running barefoot - as soon as I can kick that #@$#%!!! aircast off, of course!


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I joined a local barefoot running club. Near where I live. The first time I did it, I was scared. I walked more than anything else. But am getting more comfortable with it.

It reminds me of being a kid. I used to run around in the deserts of Texas barefoot. I can't believe I used to do that.

A local newspaper wrote an article about the 'controversy.' Has some good info and an interesting picture of the body running barefoot at the end of the article.

www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_1288761
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8/14/09 6:12 P

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I have just finished reading "Born to Run". Great book that explains it all! :-)

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7/27/09 8:47 A

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thanks for the information!

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Gail -
I'm definitely not in sales! I'm glad you're going to give barefooting a try.

One thing I forgot to say last night: when we were kids running barefoot through sprinklers in the summer, we all had perfect form. We weren't born with shoes for a reason =)

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wow,you should be in sales (maybe you are - lol). I have never been tempted to try barefoot running before...but I do now.

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7/26/09 3:31 A

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I started barefooting after my doctor recommended I try it due to knee issues. I did some research, read Christopher McDougal's "Born to Run", and I was sold. Barefooting has solved all of my knee issues, and corrected my form, for the simple reason that you CANNOT run wrong barefoot, because it HURTS. (You correct your form immediately, instead of running with poor form for your whole run and then being in pain for days.)

I started on grass and sand, then invested in a pair of Vibram FiveFingers Classic, so I'd have a little protection from things like broken glass and a light barrier from hot pavement. (I like the idea of the strap on the sprint, but it was rubbing my foot weird.)

These shoes have done amazing things for my training, and I highly recommend them to just about anyone. (Research backs it up: barefooting is the way to go for just about everyone--really, unless you have some SERIOUSLY messed up feet, which some people do--no one's fault, it just is what it is.) My mile time dropped over a minute and a half when i switched to barefooting, because my form adjusted to become more efficient.

If you're looking for a pair, I recommend buying them from a retailer like REI, so you can wear them for awhile and see if you really like them, and be able to return them with no hassle if they aren't working for you.

TIPS:

-Consult the sizing chart on vibramfivefingers.com --the sizing is a little weird, but you will find the best starting point for fit if you measure your feet the way they tell you to.

-Transition into running in them full time SLOWLY--like over a few weeks, ESPECIALLY if you are not a true forefoot striker. Run 1/4 to 1/2 mile increments in them on each of your runs. (If you are not a forefoot striker, your calves will be very sore if you just jump into them without an adjsutment period. The first few days may feel a little weird / sore. Be patient and take your time. Your calves and muscles in your feet are getting used to doing what they are SUPPOSED to do.

-Starting on grass, trail, or even track will help your feet adjust. Pavement is brutal in the beginning.

-You don't actually need to buy these or any other shoes to run barefoot. Just don't do it in areas with lots of broken glass...

-Shorten your stride. If you're debating between 1 and 2 steps to cross an area of your path, take 3.

-Like anything else, listen to your body, but know that you need to give barefooting a good 2+ weeks before writing it off as impossible.


Good luck all! Let us know how barefooting works for you!

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wow, I didn't even know those kind of shoes existed

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Interesting. I walk barefoot all the time I'm not at work, but don't run without shoes on (unless I get stupid and walk out across the concrete driveway on a hot summer TEXAS afternoon - then I run in barefeet)

Let us know how you like them?

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6/10/09 9:11 P

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Wow...those do look different! Good luck with them! :)

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I just saw those shoes in an ad, and thought those looked interesting!!! I dont like the socks that are like that, not sure how or if I would like the shoes. Intesting about running barefoot though!!

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One year during the ING here in Miami it POURED. The guy who finished the full marathon in second place ended up taking his shoes off at mile 20 b/c they were soaked,slowing him down and causing blisters.

I have also seen "normal" runners (ie: not a sub 2:15 marathoner!) running barefoot. I would NOT try that running through the streets of downtown Miami!

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It does say "Anyone with bad knees or other health problems might think twice before trying the Vibram experience" - that may leave me out until I am all healed with my ankle & knee - but it's very interesting looking indeed! Doesn't give you any more support than ballet shoes it looks like and well, I wore those things for years! LOL.

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interesting... I've always thought it would be nice to run barefoot but the glass thing has worried me. Let us know how this goes!!!

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I have only heard of one person who has tried them and he didn't like them.

I can't even remember who it was...and it was a man, so chances are pretty good he is not a member of this group. if ever I remember I will send him your way.

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Wow, I've never seen anything like those before. Interesting!

When I was running my half, there was a guy running the full marathon barefoot. I was just in awe. I had heard of people doing it before, but never in person. I just can't imagine!

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Well congrats on being able to get back to running.

I have never heard of these shoes ....if you can call them that. You see people running, especially international runners who train barefoot. There must be something to it.

Keep us posted.

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Wow, I hope you will blog on how they work for you! They look very interesting!

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I have not had any experience with them, but I wanted to wish you a happy return to running!

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Hey Isa,

I am writing a blog about this subject for next week. I haven't tried it myself but it does sound interesting. Let me know how it goes!

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I've tried them on, don't know what to think of them, I would recommend trying them on before buying as issues with toes can keep them from being comfy. Like longer 2nd toe, curled toes, etc. I have a pinkie toe that likes to curl under a little and it feels weird on that toe. I'm going to try them again, they are actually comfy on the foot without the toe that had been broken.

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My Sport Medicine Practicioner has finished "fixing" my feet today and he has recommended me to run barefoot twice a week - starting in sand or grass - in order to strenghen my legs and to prevent my injuries to reoccur.

Because I fear gravels and eventual broken glass on the road, he wrote me a "prescription" for Vibram Fivefingers shoes. Funny looking "shoes" indeed!

gearjunkie.com/gear-review-vi
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Has anyone tried them? What did you think?


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