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post #1 of 15 Old 07-22-2013, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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Barefoot running

Hey there. I used to run a buuuuuunch. My average run was 6 to 8 miles a day 3 or 4 times a week. Then I took a day off about 4 years ago. I'm wanting to get back to the running thing again to loose some weight. I used to really enjoy it but I'm sure it's just going to hurt for awhile. I've read some on the "barefoot" running and was thinking of trying it . It will kind of force me to start slow. I've been looking at the "barefoot" running shoes and kind of researching it. I've heard good and bad. Of course I hear good and bad about regular running to . Is there anyone that has experience with it? Any tips or warnings out there?
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post #2 of 15 Old 07-22-2013, 09:40 AM
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Hmmmm I used to be a neurotic runner too, but there'd be no way with my arches I could go in those barefoot shoes......I don't know, I think you'd need perfect conformation to go barefoot
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Hmmm, new baby arrives and suddenly you want to take up running again. Anything to avoid diaper duty, eh ?
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post #5 of 15 Old 07-22-2013, 12:38 PM
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Well, regarding barefoot running. Tests were done and they show that there are no major benefits of running barefoot over running in tennis shoes. No increased oxygen intake or anything like that. It puts a lot more stress on your joints than if you were to run in shoes. Those barefoot running shoes, while better than running barefoot, are a bear to break in. I can't tell you much more on those types of shoes other than that because I don't use them. If you do decide to run barefoot make sure you run on the balls of your feet. The human body, when left to it's bare essentials, will tell you how to do things. It's extremely painful and detrimental to a person's health to run heel-toe while barefoot. It's a lot healthier and less painful to run on the balls of your feet while barefoot.

I don't have links to the studies that I mentioned above. I read the study reports at the college I attend. Given time I could most likely find them online, but as of right now I don't have the links.

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My farrier used to barefoot run, he's taken a year off, he is ridiculously fit still.

IMO I like those fun barefoot shoes, I need to buy a pair. I know guys who lift in them and prefer them to lifting shoes because they really use the foot to support itself.
I do lots of yoga which is barefoot and has helped my feet a lot. I have a stitch of fasciitis that's cropped up in my two month long hiatus, but already after a few classes it's better.
I would say to build up to those barefoot shoes, do some yoga, certain poses are really going to help your foot strength and flexibility.
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The big thing is my wife wants to start working out to loose a little bit of the baby fat. When she is able. I'm just trying to be the supportive husband and lose some weight myself. That sympathy weight gain can be a bear. :) my big concern is I wear cowboy boots all the time. I'm worried the heel all the time will really get to me when I start wearing something will zero heel raise. Even running shoes have some elevation change from toe to heel.
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Barefoot running forces the runner to do toe first landings instead of heel first. When the heel lands first the shock radiates up to the lower back resulting in joint stress.
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Sooo... You're suppose to run on your toes? My track coach use to yell at me for toe running/walking during long distance workouts. I walk naturally on my toes 24/7, so it was impossible to run heel-toe.

I didn't even know barefoot running was a "thing". Whenever I run, I run completely barefoot. Just because shoes are uncomfortable for toe walkers.

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Originally Posted by Saddlebag View Post
Barefoot running forces the runner to do toe first landings instead of heel first. When the heel lands first the shock radiates up to the lower back resulting in joint stress.
Which from my understanding is more natural before the millennia of shoes and "improvements".
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