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Less gear: barefoot running

Postby ktrout » Sat Aug 11, 2012 6:39 am

Just tried it. Fortunately I have the chops to not turn my feet into hamburger. I'm going to throw my running shoes away now. It's going to take a while before I can go full speed on gravel, though.
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Re: Less gear: barefoot running

Postby coldharvest » Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:30 pm

Well done.
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Re: Less gear: barefoot running

Postby ktrout » Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:23 pm

Yeah, four miles or so. It kind of freaks people out to see a guy running in the dark barefoot. Especially when they have a dog that barks and I charge at it.
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Re: Less gear: barefoot running

Postby kilroy » Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:07 pm

did you transition using minimal running shoes like the vff's or nike frees, or did you just go straight to barefoot?
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Re: Less gear: barefoot running

Postby ktrout » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:01 pm

I have tons of experience leading up to this. I wear sandals loosely or go barefoot all the time, so I didn't have to worry about ankle support. I've also recently crossed three continents by bicycle in sandals, mostly without socks. One thing that set me on this path is wilderness survival training (Boulder Outdoor Survival School). Several of their instructors would walk through the desert in simple handmade sandals.
I guess I would recommend transitioning away from footwear that supports your calves and ankles and trying to go barefoot as much as possible.
I have a pair of Vibram five fingers which I don't think I'm going to use much. Would probably be a good place to start for a traditionally shod runner.
Also, as one site I found mentioned, the technique is different. Lots of runners heel strike which causes problems as it is. There is a technique called Chi Running which stresses leaning forward with the upper body and landing either flat footed or on the balls of your feet instead of the heel. This reduces stress on your joints.
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Re: Less gear: barefoot running

Postby ktrout » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:02 pm

kilroy wrote:did you transition using minimal running shoes like the vff's or nike frees, or did you just go straight to barefoot?

Straight barefoot. It's a blast. Running at night also adds a bit of exhilaration for me.
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