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Old 6th Sep 12, 03:10 PM
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Did the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run barefoot over the weekend. Was talking to someone about it. I said I did it barefoot. He asks if I mean "those toe shoes"..... I actually had to send him a picture before he'd believe I didn't have any kind of shoes on.

I found it fairly entertaining. Of course... he now assumes I'm a nut job tree hugger.
Wow - well done! I've just had a look at your blog and love the photo!

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Even cheaper if you're barefoot. No shoes to wear down!
Ha ha yes that's true. Bit cold in the winter though (plus I don't want people to think I'm a nut job tree hugger! ). (Most of my barefoot running so far has been confined to areas where not too many people will see me!)
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Old 6th Sep 12, 03:28 PM
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Wow - well done! I've just had a look at your blog and love the photo!

Ha ha yes that's true. Bit cold in the winter though (plus I don't want people to think I'm a nut job tree hugger! ). (Most of my barefoot running so far has been confined to areas where not too many people will see me!)
Bah! Who cares what others think? When they give me the "damn nut job tree hugger" look... I give them the "I'm also a cannibal!" look, and head their direction.

Maybe we need some barefoot run meetups so we can travel in packs to help with the embarrassment factor? Would also make the "I'm also a cannibal" look even more threatening...


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Old 7th Sep 12, 07:56 AM
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I always tell myself I don't care what people think but when it comes to actually taking my shoes off its always a case of 'right here we go, oh no people coming let's just let them pass, OK now .. oh no more people, I'll just pretend I'm fiddling with my laces....'

3.7 miles done this morning in barefoot shoes (longest so far). A mixture of grass trail and road. Loved it.
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Old 7th Sep 12, 08:13 AM
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Once my fore/mid foot has landed, as I carried through the stride my heel would come down and touch the floor, sometimes quite hard. Technique obviously por. Is this correct or should I be using my calf muscles to keep the rear of my feet elevated? So I only use my mid foot?
I'm no expert but isn't the 'forward lean' something to do with this?

On another note. Does anyone else get blisters on the bottom of their big toes from VFFs? Did 5.5 miles yesterday and now both toes are sporting them! Never had it before!


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Old 7th Sep 12, 09:57 AM
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Go here and look at the video on 'Running Drills & technique' on the right-hand side. It's what I used to develop my form and it works well for me.
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Old 7th Sep 12, 10:54 AM
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I went for a short run tonight and took my VFF's with me. About 2 miles in I Decided to try them on. What a weird sensation. I managed about 3/4 of a mile and really had to concentrate on landing forefoot. What I noticed was as I landed my heel came down reasonably hard. Not painfully but wondering of my calves are not cushioning the stride enough. And I felt every little stone and Chipping on the country lane I was on. I will try again, but it will take some serious improvement to convince me I think lol
Honestly - I don't log in for a day and there's a party going on!!!

Trying to run: ditto what Jeanette & JGraham said. I was running in VFFs and concentrated too much on the forefoot landing - ultimately ending up in injury even though I took it slowly. Running completely barefooted will force you to be very very gentle and soft with your landing. The last three weeks or so I've run exclusively BF (only short distances) and I did 2 miles today in my VFFs and could really tell that I was up on my toes too much. Even acknowledging that as I ran, once I took them off and did the last bit completely barefoot I noticed how much more my heels were landing (gently) on each step.

As far as the stones go - yes, they do hurt and in fact, weirdly, I find they hurt more in the VFFs than barefoot - possibly because I'm more careful / gently

Anyway, good luck, I'm sure you'll love it. I think we're all converts here (albeit in secret on some occasions! Closet Barefooters )
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Old 7th Sep 12, 10:56 AM
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well, I've done it! I've just booked my first barefoot coaching session for next week with the Barefoot Athlete in Worthing!

feeling stupidly scared, but if he can help my technique and I can overcome this stupid foot problem, then I'll be very happy!
Ooh I'm so envious. I've done loads of research but I'm sure there's no-one round here that does this - South Wales/Bristol Do tell us how you get on.
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Old 7th Sep 12, 11:03 AM
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Bah! Who cares what others think? When they give me the "damn nut job tree hugger" look... I give them the "I'm also a cannibal!" look, and head their direction.
One of my friends now refers to me as her 'hippy friend'. I'm not at all hippy though! I love the idea of a barefoot meet!

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I always tell myself I don't care what people think but when it comes to actually taking my shoes off its always a case of 'right here we go, oh no people coming let's just let them pass, OK now .. oh no more people, I'll just pretend I'm fiddling with my laces....'

3.7 miles done this morning in barefoot shoes (longest so far). A mixture of grass trail and road. Loved it.
I've done that! Then I get cross with myself because I haven't run as far as I intended!

Well done on the long run. I was desperate to go a bit further today, so I did 2 miles in my VFFs first and it was lovely to get out for a bit further
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Old 7th Sep 12, 11:05 AM
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On another note. Does anyone else get blisters on the bottom of their big toes from VFFs? Did 5.5 miles yesterday and now both toes are sporting them! Never had it before!

Yes - just a few times, but on the soft bit of my foot just on the sole below my 2nd and 3rd toes next to the ball of my foot. It was on a hot day, so I think it was chaffing as my feet got hot. Was a good incentive to take them off and run barefoot!
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Old 7th Sep 12, 11:20 AM
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couple of laps of the track in warm up totally barefoot.... a bit abrasive on the tootsies but all good.
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Old 7th Sep 12, 11:37 AM
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On another note. Does anyone else get blisters on the bottom of their big toes from VFFs? Did 5.5 miles yesterday and now both toes are sporting them! Never had it before!
I'm not sure about VFFs, but while barefoot I was getting hot spots on my two big toes... I found it was from pushing off with my toes and/or curling them. I spent some time practicing keeping them relaxed, and the problem went away very quickly.
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Old 7th Sep 12, 04:34 PM
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Not had problems with blisters, although my soles do burn a bit after a longer run (say 12k plus).
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Old 8th Sep 12, 07:58 PM
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I was just wondering if anyone has had any problems running completely barefoot at a race? (As in do they let you do it). I wear vibrams and they have started getting holes..so I was thinking of finally starting barefoot running slowly...however I have heard from a few people that some races do not allow you to run the race barefoot? Is this true? Do you contact the race beforehand to find out?

I don't like drawing attention to myself and would hate for someone to say I couldn't run unless I put shoes on
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Old 8th Sep 12, 09:22 PM
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I was just wondering if anyone has had any problems running completely barefoot at a race? (As in do they let you do it). I wear vibrams and they have started getting holes..so I was thinking of finally starting barefoot running slowly...however I have heard from a few people that some races do not allow you to run the race barefoot? Is this true? Do you contact the race beforehand to find out?

I don't like drawing attention to myself and would hate for someone to say I couldn't run unless I put shoes on
So far I've only run one barefoot, but there were no questions asked. Had to come up with my own solution for the timing chip though.
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Old 14th Sep 12, 08:04 AM
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9 minutes done barefoot on the Camel Trail last night - longest in one go so far. It included some walking (but only a small amount) on the really stony parts. Its definitely true what they say about running on a rough surface being a good way to improve your techinique - its impossible to land heavily (unless you are oblivious to pain!)

Looking forward to a longer run in my Evos at the weekend.
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