Barefoot Running? Anyone Else Try It?

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  1. LinuxRacr

    LinuxRacr New Member

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    So as a few people know, I've been reading up on barefoot walking and running, and decided to give it a try. Sunday, I walked about 3 miles barefoot around my neighborhood, and up highway 1382. I had minimal soreness, and recovered very quickly. I think this is in part due to my use of the Vibram FiveFInger shoes for the last few months. Last night, I got home, and decided to go for another walk, but this time decided to jog about a mile. I could already feel where I may be a little sore today in my calves. Both trips, no cuts, or anything. Anyone else tried this?

    Here is a link to an animation that will show why barefoot is better: Click Me
     
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    Formz Hipster Santa OT Supporter

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    My father used to do it in college. He said he just liked the way it felt. He was running on concrete too. :dunno:
     
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    I like the way it feels to. I would wager to guess is that it is because it is how we were designed to run/walk?
     
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    I've done it before. I have hard ass feet though. I can walk on a rock road and in the woods without shoes. I know people that can't even walk on grass barefoot.
     
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    mothafknCHARLIEnshit omghi2u OT Supporter

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    That sounds painful.
     
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    4cd-Air Rape seemed like the next logical step

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    I do everything possible without shoes...I wear sandals in the gym so I can easily kick them off for squats, dl's, oly lifts, kettlebell work, etc.

    No shoes gives you better ground feel, and seems to have eliminated my posture imbalances...plus the bottom of my feet could sand the paint off a car.
     
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    Only if you are not used to it, and do something like step on lots of sharp glass. One thing that I have noticed is that going barefoot has made me a lot more aware of my surroundings, and what I am stepping on. Since you walk differently barefoot, you don't put all the weight on the front foot before your body catches up, so if you feel something, you have time to make a fast balance adjustment.
     
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    I've only just started. I'll let you know.

    Also, the reason I got the FiveFingers was so that I could correct my walk, make my feet, and legs stronger. I have found that when I have to wear shoes, I will wear the FiveFingers, as they are the closest thing to barefoot and shoes, but now a days, I am finding that if I don't have to wear shoes, I won't.
     
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    Too much shit on the street around here to do that. :o
     
  10. erok81

    erok81 All your canyons are belong to me!!

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    I just checked out those Five Finger shoes, and they actually look pretty cool. Too bad no one around here carries them so I can't try them on.
     
  11. whup

    whup I wish you had children and.. so that I could step

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    I used to run cross-country barefoot at school. I still prefer it but I don't do it anymore because I don't trust where I'm running for glass, needles, dog shit etc

    Those five fingers look ok but they're expensive as hell. Something very thin but tough would be good. Maybe a crusty old gym sock ftw.
     
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    I would laugh my balls off if I saw some bum jogging around my neighborhood.
     
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    Hpower GO GATORS

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    because socks will stop a piece of glass going into your foot while running?
     
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    Mithril socks duh
     
  15. LinuxRacr

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    ???

    I caught a thorn last weekend for the first time, right through my Vibram FiveFinger Shoes. I was on a 5-mile hike in the woods. I think a nice sheet of kevlar in the soles would help this not happen. Hmmm..
     
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    no because I am not an indian nor do I run.
     
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    I run barefoot on all of the above. :hsd:
     
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    feels good man
     
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    During the summer I ran on the beach barefoot and enjoyed it. I also frolicked in the surf with my african-american platonic life partner.
     
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    Two weeks ago, I ran about a mile and a quarter on a dirt track...


    my feet were disgustingly yellow from the bruising. :wtc:
     
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    if i tried walking barefoot in this neighborhood id probably get broken glass stuck in my feet
     
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    Kevlar fabric in gloves and stuff will not stop sharp penetrating objects... it only protects against slices. I took an exacto blade to some beat up kevlar gloves I wore at work and it wouldn't slice even with a lot of force.
     
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    I really like walking barefoot, only problem is i havy p***s for feet, even walking in soft sand i get red and sore feet.
    Obviously if i walked barefoot more often it wouldnt be like that, but still the day of discomfort afterward always puts me of trying it again for a while...
     
  24. no come down

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    wait, after looking at http://www.newtonrunning.com/run-better it says you are meant to run / walk by striking the balls of your feet first? i always thought it was heel first to absorb the impact? does that apply to running and walking?
     
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    That's what most people think. Try running barefoot. You will not be using your heels!
     
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