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Welcome! This team is not so active really but if you post a new thread more people will see it. I have been minimalits completely for a year and my feet have never felt better! I was in orthotics and special shoes for many years, none of it helped. I have not put on a pair of shoes with a heel in over a year now and I don't plan to!

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Hi, I'm Emily, and I just did my first-ever barefoot workout that wasn't yoga (it was the 19-minute Sizzle-Sculpt on the new SparkPeople video). I've been experiencing foot pain very early into my workouts, and I assumed it was because I weigh 285 pounds and don't have "supportive" enough shoes. But my husband works out barefoot all the time and has a pair of Skeletoes, so I figured I'd give barefoot a try.

And wa-ha-how! I made it through the whole thing with almost no foot pain, AND I felt the rest of my body working harder (maybe because balancing was more of a challenge). Color me an instant convert.

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Hi, I've been an on again off again jogger for a few years. Recovering from a knee injury (a year ago) and stumbled onto a web site about barefoot running.. so I'm currently exploring the techniwue and hoping that it will be good for a booboo in the knee! I've always hated shoes anyway...lol Not sure if I want to take to the street barefoot and may settle for a barefoot shoe (oxymoron) but we'll see how it goes. Currently doing treadmill runs.

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Hi Laurie! emoticon I'm sorry that you can't run anymore - but at least you can still walk!! I'm glad that you found some shoes that work for you, too. I totally agree with you on the shin splints! Nice to see you here.

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Welcome, Laurie!

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Hi all. I am new to the group. I can't run, ever, emoticon but I walk a lot. I'm one of the 5% who actually did need surgery for a ruptured disc. Wearing "walking" shoes I would get shin splints (everyone said I needed to stretch more) and plantar faciitis ( more stretching suggested along with staying off my feet). I hated the darn shoes! I felt like I was wearing boxes and always wondered why the heel was so much higher than the toe. That's not natural! I found Merrell pace gloves, and I am in heaven! They feel great, and I never have any of the problems I had with the other shoes. I still wish I could run. It's like a need inside me. emoticon

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Welcome!

There is some good info here on starting to run (disregard the part about shoes)

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Well I'm new to the barefoot scene, but not new to sparkpeople. I've been on again, off again for a long time. I can't remember when or where I first heard of barefoot running (it was a couple of months ago I think), but lately I have become more interested. I was especially intrigued about something I read in a "Born to Run" excerpt (I am waiting on my copy of the book even as I type!). It talked about how we ran all through childhood and enjoyed it. I remembered that as a kid I ran barefoot everywhere, and I mean everywhere! It was nothing to take off through the pasture or down a gravel road, and I never got hurt. It was normal. As I aged, rules were applied to running and how to, and soon I lost interest and convinced myself that I wasn't a good runner and/or couldn't run.

Now I am looking at it again with a different perspective. I don't know how long it will take me to get to the point where I can actually run again (I'm terribly out of shape), but for now I would be happy to shuffle along and enjoy it again. I even bought a pair of vibrams to get me motivated. I walked outside this morning barefoot and remembered why it wasn't such a good idea to go barefoot in Oklahoma...we have sand burs. If you don't know what they are, they are large stickers with many points. And they hurt! So, on with the shoes! At least until I am ready to hit a little pavement.

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A few months ago I decided to just run barefoot (I think I was starting to get a blister) part way through a 4 mile run. I did about two miles - and then ran into this super prickly concrete and had to call someone to pick me up because my feet hurt so badly after a few minutes on it!
Grass is generally the best, though I avoid it because of dog poop - not a big deal to wash off but really ruins a run for me. My 2 mile stint wasn't bad at all, but 4 miles was a bit ambitious. Even if you're a long time VFF runner, it is not anywhere near the same as running barefoot! I thought the small rocks were the worst.

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10/16/12 10:53 A

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I figured I'd try barefoot and see if I like it before buying anything. Now, for some reason, I'm a little too keen to make my sole skin thicker by walking around barefooted as much as I can.



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10/15/12 10:52 P

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Welcome, moneyobi.

I run in minimalist shoes and have never run barefoot. I've read it's easier at first if you run on pavement or concrete, but thats about it.

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Hi everyone,

I'm new to barefoot running, after reading Barefoot Ken's book. I was a little skeptical at first, but I still tried running a mile on asphalt a couple of times.

It's only a little prickly on my feet, but it hurts a little when I step on sand. Has anyone stepped on anything worse yet?

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Welcome Ellensun!

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I've hated running since my grade school PE teachers made the kids who were talking during roll call "go run a lap." Ah, running = punishment, was my take-away from that experience. Also, I grew up in the Los Angeles, CA area and was constantly getting bronchitis. I suppose running hurt more than my muscles; it made my lungs hurt too!

I recently read Born To Run, which has convinced this 45 year old running hater that I can actually take up running and be successful with it. I'm currently reading Phil Maffetone's "Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing" and am following his MAF plan. I started with walking and have recently been able to intermittently run during my walks while keeping my Heart Rate at MAF; i.e. keeping my Heart Rate low in the aerobic range. I've decided to start tracking my workouts again, so I'm back here at Spark People currently working on attaining basic aerobic fitness.

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Welcome! Just be careful not to get too over zealous. You can end up in pain if you jump in too fast.

Good info here:

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I just found out about barefoot living/running a couple days ago and I am fascinated by it. I've never before gotten so excited, so quickly to try something opposite of what I normally do. Since it's summertime, I want to try it out.

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6/16/12 1:39 P

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Cool! Thanks! I'll check it out!

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Kelly, I see that Vivobarefoot has a store in Belgium. Check it out if you get the chance.
I find that VB shoes are much wider in the toe box and very flexible (no rock plate either).


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Hi Shadow, Thanks for the tips and link!

I tried on one of the Merrell shoes yesterday (the Pace Glove) but it was way too narrow for my foot/toes. I know they make a wide width version (didn't have access to those to try them - they don't come out in Europe until mid 2013 for some odd reason), but I also wasn't to keen on the plate under the ball of the foot.

I think the water shoes idea is fantastic! Those are easier for me to find (I live in Belgium, so it is really hard to find most of the minimalist shoes). I tried last year to start really barefoot (when the VFFs didn't work), but Belgium is also known for broken beer glasses and bottles all over the place, so I felt more like I was hopping than jogging.... and I was always a wrong step away from doom.

I like the "run in place and lean forward advice" I think I will give that a try today, and I'll google your other suggestions!!!

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Welcome! Kelly - there are tons of non-toed minimalist shoes out there now. If you don't want to spend much, you can get a pair of water shoes from your local WalMart, K-Mart or Target. I usually run in my VFFs, sometimes Merrells (barefoot line) and occasionally Luna Sandals.

Here's a good plan to get started on barefoot or minimalist running:

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You might also want to check out Chi Running and POSE Running for good methods. Think of running in place and then leaning forward to go.

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Hi everyone! I bought a pair of VFFs a year ago or so, but I never learned to run in them because my toes are oddly proportioned, and my VFFs didn't actually fit very well (when my big to fit, my middle toe was pressed against the front, and when that toe fit, my big toe was so loose it felt like the shoe was flopping in front of me).

I started running again about a month ago in the only shoes I have - traditional sneakers. I'm finding that I get terrible hip pain with prolongued periods of heel striking - and that if I switch to a forefoot strike mid jog, then my hip pain is reduced by 80-90% immediately.... so it is a good motivator to really learn proper technique....

I guess the next step is to buy a pair of minimalist shoes so that the heel strike is out of the question, and I really train myself to do it right!!

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My calves still hurt after I run in them. I am new too. It takes time to adjust and have the muscles get strong enough to support you. Shoes weaken the legs and feet by doing the work for you.

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I love my 5 Fingers!

Tried C25K last fall with running shoes.... now I have turrible plantar fasciitis. On April 1st I took up running again, this time with my 5 Fingers and they feel great! I did do 2 10 minute intervals a couple days ago and since then my calves are SO TIGHT and sore. Anyone know what I'm doing wrong?

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Hi all.

Just a quick intro.

Only just found this site, but decided to switch to VFF's for everyday use about 2 months ago, after I found a shop that stocks them in London. (Been looking at them for about a year, but didn't have the nerve to buy over the internet, as I needed them to fit perfectly).

Anyway, I now use no other trainers and, where possible, no other shoes. (I have to wear "proper" shoes for work sometimes, although I do work from home quite a bit).

So then, I decided that I want to try running. I have tried before, but due to wrecking my knees as a teenager (far too many years ago), I have always struggled.

I have managed to run about 3 miles 3 times over the past few weeks (nowhere near often enough, I know, but it's a start), and this has been barefoot.

I have found true barefoot to be so much better than anything I have tried before and really want to get up to running 10k by the end of the year.

Wish me luck. :D

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I'm a huge VFF fan. I have 3 pairs, and my fiance has 2. I wear the Classics to work and for everyday wear, I use the Bikilas for all my running, and I use the Trek Sports for hiking.

I ran the Warrior Dash in the Trek Sports, and I was doing fine in the slippery mud while everyone else was falling. They worked great! And I wore my bikilas for my first 10K race a few months back.

I just love the fact that you can toss them in the washer when they get nasty and they come out looking brand new. Do that with any other shoe, running or otherwise, and its ruined.

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2/13/12 5:33 P

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I tried VFFs yesterday. The store had a small selection. I ended up not getting a pair but I got a feel for them. Hard a really difficult time getting my wee pinky toe in the right spot though... Perhaps I'll look again when warmer weather rolls around. In the mean time I'll try more conventional zero drop shoes.

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Hi there.

I just finished the book "Born to Run", and am trying to figure out the best way to shift my running to a minimalist style. I cannot do the VFF's due to a webbed toe issue on one foot, so although that would have been my preferable first choice, I'll have to settle for a minimalist shoe of some sort instead.

I have been battling knee issues for a while now, and someone turned me on to the Born to Run book, and I'm interested enough in the theory to give it a whirl. Especially since my physio hasn't been able to help at all, and has basically said that "running just does that to people". But I WANT to run! So I have to find a way I guess.

Right now I'm just researching ideas. The lady who tipped me off to the book actually buys cheap running shoes and takes out the insoles and swears by that method. I'm not sure that would be comfortable at all?? But will probably give it a whirl in my current shoes and just see what happens. I'm guessing even switching to a minimalist running shoe would need some adjustment period though, so I don't intend on a 3 or 4 mile run my first time out in those shoes. Although I am still currently working up to a 10K that I am planning to do at the end of April and then a half marathon by the end of November, so hopefully I can somehow incorporate both the minimalist running in with my current schedule so I can do both??? Thoughts there would be welcome too. How long would (or should) it take to build up to say 5 miles in the minimalist shoes when I'm used to running about that now in "regular" running shoes??

I will hazard a guess that my feet are already relatively strong since I do all other exercise activity barefoot. Always have - so all my cardio (sans outdoor running/walking) is done barefoot - typically this consists of circuit training, Walk away the pounds videos, and various other aerobic videos, etc. I hate shoes in general, and only wear them outside or at work (apparently they require it??), so while I know I'll still need to build up the muslces that constitute running, I'm hoping that the fact that I do most other things barefoot will be a plus for me?

Looking forward to reading other peoples' stories here and getting advice as well!

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Thank you MIMASK! Very helpful.

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Hey JTaylor! I wore VFF for a couple of years, but finally had to find something different due to a pinched nerve in my foot, brought on by wide feet and the VFF lack of room. I did quite a bit of research and now I wear Altra Intuitions. They're a minimalist zero drop shoe that looks more like a regular shoe, but it's definitely a different feel. It makes it easy to run on my forefoot as opposed to my heel. I can wear them with or without socks, which is nice.

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Thanks Shadow38!
What brands would you recommend checking out?

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Welcome JTaylor!

It takes awhile to transition but be patient. If you're like me, you'll never go back. I've gotten to the point where I don't wear any shoes that aren't zero drop, either for running or for everyday.

I hope your transition goes smoothly.

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After being a big skeptic I'm convinced enough to go out and get a pair of minimalist running shoes.

Back in the days of HS and college track (80s), we lived in flats and our spikes had next to no padding and I never wore socks with them. I also had a forefoot strike which is the norm I believe for sprinter/hurdlers.

In more recent years an old salty coach convinced me that distance runners heel strike and that I'd better learn how to do it unless I wanted to be sidelined with injuries. So, I learned how to run like that.

My new coach is a younger triathlete who is a barefoot enthusiast. He became a believer when recurring injuries dissipated and then disappeared once he learned the pose method and started going minimal and barefoot.

So, here I am. :)

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Welcome doctatito. You will find some good info about transitioning On runners world.com in the barefoot runners forum and on birthday shoes.com. I've gotten to the point where I use my VFFs almost exclusively now. I hope the switch helps you. Sounds like you are on the right track with taking things very slowly.

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Hi everybody! I'm a pretty new runner and very new to barefooting/minimalism. Right now I still run in normal shoes and am a heel-striker, but I'm drawn to barefooting since I've had issues recently and in the past with my shins and hip hurting. I'm planning to spend as much time barefoot as possible around the house and strengthen my calf muscles (among others) during the winter and then work barefoot little by little outside come spring!

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About a year ago I switched to a more minimal shoe from what I had been wearing. It was light wait, didn't have much padding, and no support to speak of. Their one flaw was a heel rise.

I lived in those shoes. I started couch to 5k in them a few times. And finally this last time I promised myself if I could go through four full weeks of the couch to 5k I could try on (and purchase) a pair of VFFs. I went through it, even doing a weekly barefoot run.

And so here I am, 1.5 weeks into VFF ownership, and loving it. I currently run 3 days a week in my VFFs, and run completely barefoot on sundays. I wear my VFFs every where, even to work.





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Let us know what you think of the Intuitions, Jenny. I'll be interested to hear your impressions.

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Thank you for all of the info! You prompted me to do the research that I've been putting off. I read several reviews of many zero drop shoes and wound up ordering the Altra Intuitions, which are supposed to be great for people with wide feet/bunions. Before I found those, I was about to order three to four different types from Zappos and just see what felt best. :) I can't wait for the new shoes to arrive!

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Jenny - In the shoes that I have tried, I would suggest the Vivobarefoot Neo. It has a nice wide toe box and is very comfortable in my opinion. I got mine from Zappos and I am very happy with them. They were great right out of the box.

Zero drop means no drop from heel to toe, which is what your VFFs are. I think I read somewhere that the Neo shoes have a 12mm stack height (amount of material between your feet and the road). I wear a 9.5 in US sizing and ordered a 41 in the Neos. They fit great.

I hope you find something that works for you.

P.S. - I run in the Merrell Trail Glove, Saucony Hattori and Vivobarefoot Neo L.

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Hey SHADOW38! Can you tell me a little more about zero drop shoes? I'm unfamiliar with them. I'm a VFF shoe person, but always looking for something better. The VFFs have started pinching the nerve in my right foot, and I'm considering a switch. (I have bunions and therefore wide feet.) Which shoes do you do your actual running in? The Merrell Pure Gloves?

Thanks!
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Hey all. I'm new to this team, but not new to Spark or running. I've been running for about six years now. Up to HM distance, but these days 10ks mostly.

Switched to minimalist shoes about a year ago after my physical therapist (achilles problem) recommended the POSE method. Now I'm transitioning to zero drop shoes.

Love my zero drop shoes. I wear the Merrell Pure Gloves and Pace Gloves to work and I should be 100% zero drop for running in about another two weeks. I like my invisible shoes, Teva Zilch, Asics Onitsuka Tai Chi and pace gloves for casual wear. When I'm at home, I'm shoeless.

I've really noticed a difference in my feet and legs. My feet are a lot stronger now and I don't have a lot of the aches and pains I used to.

I don't see myself going totally barefoot for running, but never say never.

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THRESHERMB, thank you for all of your advice! I hope I'll find the time to start some barefoot walking (beyond my VFFs) soon.

AMYNAE28, I really hope to start walking barefoot soon. I've been running in VFFs the last year or two, and I have definitely noticed that my knees and shin splints are a million times better than when I ran in traditional running shoes. I've heard of people using minimal and barefoot methods having less back, knee and shin split pain in general. I wish I could go completely barefoot, but we have a lot of loose gravel on our roads and sidewalks, and that really hurts. Or I'm just a wimp. :)

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Hey everyone! Amy here. Just started walking barefoot every morning out back behind our home and I am feeling great. How long have you all been doing this?

I just read a book about doing this for health benefits. Have any of you noticed a difference in your sleep or any chronic pain lessening? Just curious because the book I read said something very strongly to that effect and I wanted to hear it from you guys the legitimacy of it. I know my sleep has great improved.

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I dont mind at all. I did barefoot walking whenever i could and then just kinda went for it. A few weeks ago i went to my favorite trail running trail (about 3.5 miles long) and went barefoot. Its in the woods with lots of rock and sticks, but as long as you pay good attention to your feet, you can come out injury free. I am working up my strength and toughness still, my time to complete the trail went up a lot. I go about once a week, thats about how long it takes my feet to get back to normal. My ankle and leg muscles are plenty strong from using my vibrums, but the bottoms of my feet need to build up some toughness before i go more frequently. I would advise not going the same distance that you normally go for a run. People tell me im crazy when i say i went for a barefoot run in the woods, but i really dont care anymore what "they" say.

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Hi Matt! Mind if I ask how you got your feet ready for the barefoot runs? Are you able to run long distances on grass, or did you get them tough enough for sidewalks? I've been using VFFs for almost two years, but I haven't had the guts to make the leap to barefoot yet. I was heartened when I read a post where someone said there really isn't as much glass to look out for as you would think.

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Hey all,

Im Matt. I have been with sparkpeople for some time now but have stepped up my game in the last 6 months. I purchased my VFFs in October and have been using them since, but recently i have been doing actual barefoot runs. Its a totally different feel and run.

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Hey I'm Zach and I've had the VFF (ksos) since september, but had problems adjusting to them in the winter, but since its finally nice out I hope to start running in them. I've never reallly been a runner, except earlier this year, so I'm excited to start!

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Hi - My name is Katie. Other than the fact that I kick my shoes off as soon as I can wherever I am - playing in the neighborhood with my boys, walking through the gravel, in the river, around the house... I am a barefoot exercise beginner. I just decided to train to run and I really don't have great shoes for that so I started looking into the 'barefoot' shoe options. I'll be taking it slow with my training anyway so I figure it's a great time to start. I won't have to re-train my feet.
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Hi - just came from a barefoot running meetup in Central Park, NYC & figured I'd see if there were a group on Spark.

I've had VFFs (Sprints & KSOs ) since fall 2009. I haven't been running consistently because I've had injuries since then, but it seems that when I run, I ONLY run in VFFs. At this point, I would no more put on sneakers to run than I would put on heels.

Cheers!

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Welcome and thanks for your input!

Check the "Invisible Shoe"-an American version of the running sandals used by the native Americans in "Born To Run". I know the company's founder-Steven Sahsen-met him through my local barefoot running club.

I've used them for two seasons after making my own from the online instructions-they were a cinch to make and feel like you're running barefoot.

See more info at theinvisbleshoe.com.

Good luck!

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Hi, glad to meet you.:) I'm getting ready to run my first ever half-marathon in two weeks and I'll probably be going at a 13 minute mile or slower. But I'm having so much fun running. I just about wore out my second pair of aqua shoes after about 9 months of experimenting with minimalist shoes. I read "Born to Run" last fall and while I don't think I ever want to do ultramarathons it was very interesting to read. Especially chapter 25 where he talks about shoes was fascinating.
Hope you'll have fun here.

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I'm new. Been reading, "Born to Run" - did my first run barefoot on a hard packed beach. It was particularly cool because I can see my foot fall in the sand and analyse my run. Not that my run is impressive. I pretty much suck. But still - it's pretty interesting. I was really in awe of new muscles hurting afterward. Far more of a workout then the treadmill.

Bought a pair of barely there track shoes today. Not exactly my heavily treaded waterproof babies I trail run in. (By run, I'm loosely implying an 11-13 minute mile there - I'm not speedy by any means...)

I'm 36 and started running again a couple of months ago. Because I'm older, over weight and all that I'm being very careful about injury. :-P Cheers, my spark page has all about me, but it's really boring.

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Hi everyone,
I just joined sparkpeople today. I'm 47 years old, Mom of one teenage daugther and married. I have more or less reached my goal weight and have been minimalist running in aqua shoes since last May. I live in WA and love dogs and horses. I love running with my dogs and sometimes with my horse and run mostly outside.
I have entered my first half-marathon which will be at the beginning of March.


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Hey all... new girl checking in.

Restarted my SparkWorld back up. Was a pretty consistent runner back in '06-'07, until I got a new job with a longer commute and an easier excuse. Back then I had transitioned to fully barefoot running for about a 1/2 year until the new job.

Now I'm working my way back through Couch to 5K on my treadmill (too cold and dark in KC right now for outdoors). I'll hit the local 5K's again starting in April-ish.

I see that most of us are familiar with the VFFs. I have a pair of Classics from four years ago. I still knock around in them for errands or airports, but really prefer totally bare running. Would rather run bare on treadmill than VFF'ed on streets. But when I do wear my VFFs, I wear them with Injinji socks. best.toesocks.ever.

I look forward to chatting now and then - here and there...

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I'm a follower of Run Blogger and he recommends yak traks for running in snow and ice. (www.runblogger.com/) They would definitely work best with a regular shoe like the adidas.

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I checked out the Merrells -- they definitely look promising! Thank you for mentioning them. I'll definitely try them out and give an update:) I would love to find something that solves my pinky toe issue!

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Welcome to all the new members!

Mimask - is there a gym with an indoor track? I've found that running on a track is much more tolerable than the treadmill. I've continued to run outside, but have switched to a trail running shoe from my VFFs due to the snow and ice... virtually none of the sidewalks are ever shoveled here and it is incredible icy and snowy. I've been using a pair of Adidas I found on sale for ~$20 at DSW. They do have a significant heal, but not as bad as others and I just try to really concentrate on proper form. More difficult, but not impossible...and the traction on them is really great.

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Hello all! I'm new to SparkPeople and this team. I bought my first pair of VFFs about a year and a half ago, and it totally changed my running abilities and comfort. My knee pain and shin splints literally disappeared. Right now I'm struggling with making it through an Ohio winter in a small town where it's not safe to run in VFFs because the roads and sidewalks are never completely clear. I despise treadmills, but I'm about to break down and start using one at the gym!

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Hi...I just joined this group today and I have been with SparkPeople less than a week, but it has inspired me to get back to running again.

Right now, I am a barefoot, treadmill runner (I am lucky to have one at home). Today, I got a sharp pain on the top of my foot, but then I walked it off and it is fine now. Totally weird.

Anyhow...hope to get outside sometime soon. Haven't looked into those "shoes" yet. How durable are they really? I am planning on doing more trail running.

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Hi there,

I'm brand new to this group, and even more brand new to minimalist running! I used to run XC and track growing up, and tore my hip flexor in 9th grade. Haven't run competitively since. I used to really enjoy running - it was stress relief for me, and very relaxing. Now when I want to relax, I have a glass of wine - it hurts less than running! HAH! I just bought a pair of Bikila VFF's on Sunday, and I love them so far. I've found they're great for my Jillian Michaels' dvds, and also I've run short distances (2 miles at a time) on the treadmill to get used to them. I experienced the really sore calves the last two days, and took yesterday off from running, and today my calves feel great! I'm going to do my Yoga Meltdown DVD tonight wearing them, and maybe get a jog in this weekend! Thanks for starting this group!

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Michelle -

Thanks! I'm looking forward to Merrell's new Barefoot line that they are putting out next month. They have Vibram soles and look to be pretty cool. They are up on the Merrell site now. Although their "everyday" shoes for women are pretty funky looking.

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Hi Char! Welcome to the team.

I have VFFs and love them, but also have a long (by VFF standards:) pinky toe that gets extremely sore from running in the shoes. I've been trying to find good minimalist alternatives... I tried Newtons (thinking it would help promote ball of foot strike) but am so-so on them. I've thought of getting some track shoes - they seem very light on the cushioning, but haven't decided on a pair to try yet.


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I'm not new to spark, but I'm starting over.

I started running last year (2009) for the first time in my life. I thought I was doing good, but started having a constant ankle injury, and had bad shin splints. I ended up taking the first 4 or 5 months of 2010 off from running.

During that time my husband, who's been a runner for a long time, started reading up on new running styles. He read Born To Run and then had me read it.

We both changed our running styles (ChiRunning) and switched to minimalist shoes. He has VFFs that he loves and runs in when not in uniform (military). I, however, have weird toes that don't fit comfortably in them. I bought some cheap sneaks at payless that have a very minimal sole.

Since the change of form and shoes, I have gone from 5Ks to 8Ks, and have been setting new personal records left and right. Did I mention I have completely flat feet that naturally turn out? Even with that, running minimalist has helped me.

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Hello team! I just joined. I'm heather, and I've been a minimalist runner for about six months now. I started during my pregnancy and am getting more into it now that the baby is two months old. I wear my VFF for running and weight lifting, and Saucony Grid A4 for group fitness. So far it's working well for me!

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I spend a few months in winter barefoot on the beach in Florida but the rest of my life is with cold feet in Michigan. Just got a pair of VFFs and am trying them out with the couch to 5 K on the treadmill. Today was my 2nd time running a mile, and getting used to the new gait and not landing on my heels.

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Hello! Just found this group and had to join.
I've been running for a couple years now, and when I started I had shin splints - bought stability and motion control shoes to deal with the flat feet I have and I also became a mid-foot striker. After that I never had shin problems.
But I hate spending mucho bucks on expensive shoes that I'm being told I need! I'd heard of barefoot running, and the VFFs and was getting more and more curious about it - then I read Born to Run...
And it totally made sense to me - our feet did not evolve to wear running shoes!
I have not run barefoot, although I'm seriously considering a couple miles out of my week to be barefoot, after reading some of KenBob's comments on therunningbarefoot.com.
I have been running in minimal shoes for a few weeks now and have some pain in my left foot, and I'm thinking barefoot running even a little bit may tell me what I'm doing wrong...
So glad to have found this group! See you around!

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Hi Stacey! I still haven't tried running completely barefoot -- and your slug issue makes me happy that I haven't :)

Do the classics not have a strap? The pair that I bought about a year ago (honestly, I can't remember which one they are) have a strap, which is a bit irritating.

Anyway, welcome to the group!

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I joined. I posted. Still somehow I never got around to introducing myself.

Hi - I'm Stacey. SolsticeChild comes from the fact that I was born on the winter's solstice roughly a billion years ago (according to my daughter) or 43 according to my birth certificate.

I started running barefoot or in minimalist shoes when I hurt my leg. I simply could not walk, much less run in traditional shoes. I had recently purchased a pair of VFF KSOs and they saved my life. I hurt my leg shortly before my very first 5k - and while we had to walk it,I *was* able to walk it in the VFFs. Something I could not have done in traditional shoes.

Now my VFF classics are my shoe of choice for when I'm needing shoes. I used the KSOs for running with some barefoot running thrown in to build up my foot endurance. Unless it's recently been raining. I have slug issues. Stepped on one while running barefoot - never ever want to repeat the experience. LOL

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I absolutely love them! The first time I wore them was out & about in the yard, and it was definitely a weird sensation... You can feel a lot if things on the ground while wearing them, but you don't feel the pain.... You'll definitely notice when you walk on really bumpy asphalt for the first time!!

And yes, you will most certainly need to just walk around in them for at least a few weeks.... Wear them to work if possible. If it's not, then put them on to do errands, housework, etc. You will need to build all those tiny muscles in your feet & ankles before you even think of exercising (to prevent major injuries). You'll also notice your gait changing, so go with it and build up slowly... It's almost like re-learning how to walk and run. It'll be so much fun when you're ready and you'll love it! It's like running around in the backyard when you were little!

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Welcome to the gang!

I'm in Texas, too, you can walk barefoot if you go early or late enough, most of the time. But, yeah, you don't want to fry your feet ;)

What do you think of the Vibrams? I'm saving up, but not sure I'll actually get a pair yet.

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Hi,everyone!

I'm new to the whole barefoot thing... I just recently bought some Vibrams and absolutely LOVE them. I would like to eventually switch to completely barefoot, but seeing as I live in Texas where the pavement is scorching and the grass has sticker burrs, I think I'll stick with these for a while :-) at least until it gets a litte bit cooler!

I've been walking in them for a while now and have done a couple of runs (you know, jog one block, walk another, etc), and will start doing the C25K pretty soon to get back into running regularly.

So, hi!! :-)

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Welcome Sparkbirdy! I'm not running either. I'm walking barefoot as much as I can, and will probably start running as my feet tell me it's safe to do so.

Mostly, though... I just like being barefoot. I try to be barefoot as much as I can. If it weren't for societal misconceptions and prejudices I would only wear shoes on very rare occasions.

Welcome again, and good luck with your health and life goals.

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Hi, I'm new here. I used to run barefoot when I was younger and thinner. Right now I am not walking/running, but hope to start again soon.

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Welcome Breeves3. Not a lot of action here, but it may grow over time.

I'm not really a runner either. I do try to get out and walk and try to throw a bit of a jog in here and there. as I lose I might start running more.

Mostly though... I just enjoy being barefoot. Would go everywhere barefoot if I could. A good website for all things barefoot is www.livingbarefoot.info

Good luck with your goals!

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Hi,

I've been reading the last day or so all about barefoot running (and vibrams and newtons) and was glad to see a team here.

I haven't run barefoot, yet, heck my feet are so sensitive I can barely walk outside, but I'm going to start slow and see what I can do.

As a heavy heavy person I like to run for the exercise but am very worried about injury. I think at the very least I should be working on my form, and from what I'm reading, running barefoot will help with that. So here I am :)



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Hi Candace, emoticon
good to have you aboard! I'm in the middle of the book now. There's a great c25k team on SP, you need to check it out if you haven't already. I can't see me ever running barefoot given the crappy roads around here but I do plan on making a pair of huaraches.

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Hi!
I am so happy that there is now a group here!

I read Born to Run after Christmas, and have been really interested in trying running again. I ran cross-country in HS (poorly, for exactly one season). I thought that I was unable to run due to the pain....
But my brother got me into the VFF and vivo barefoot. I have been wearing them since the start of september.

I keep on trying to start the c25k, but something always gets in my way. And I hope if I tell you all about this plan, someone will make sure that I have run this week emoticon

yey!
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I don't think you have to be a runner just a barefoot...whatever. Nice that you can actually go around barefoot. The roads here are so rough and have gravel strewn about not to mention little shards of glass. I've been toying with the idea of making some huaraches. A few places online sell kits and give instructions. That's the next best thing to being barefoot I guess.

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Hope you don't have to be a runner and female to join here. ;-)

I just like to be barefoot. Always have. Every time I'm barefoot it makes me feel younger, happier, and free! (Sand, or grass between my toes brings a smile to my face)

I might do some running as I struggle back to a healthier me, but doubt it will be likely that I will get into competitions or anything.

So hopefully this team is more about being/going barefoot and not just barefoot running. Either way. Glad to be aboard. Hope everyone is doing well.

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Hi everyone, I was so happy to find this team. I've recently discovered the joys of running barefoot. Right now I've been doing a mile on the treadmill barefoot, then the rest of the run out doors with my shoes. I've always strived to not heel strike and I found by running barefoot, I found I am still doing that a little so I think it's helping my form a great deal. For the time being I'm still running in my asics since the roads here are VERY rough. While I like the idea of the VFF's I don't think I could deal with the attention they'll bring, so I am looking at some other minimalistic types of shoes.
BTW I've only started running 10 mos ago so I'm pretty much a noob all the way around emoticon

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Hi everyone.
I'm just starting out. Been on a hiatus from running for about twelve years or so. When I last ran I had back and ankle problems. I'm now 60 lbs heavier and had my first run last night. I'm following the Couch-to-5k program as many others are. After the first night I am excited to keep going.

I would like to try some Vibram Five Fingers at some point, but right now that will not work for me, as I fear I would get too cold. My run last night was a nice night for a Canadian winter, only -20C (-4F) and when running through the park so my dog could pee I was ankle deep in snow. Instead I opted for some $8 aqua shoes and a pair of thick wool socks. I didn't find I was sliding around in them and my toes were toasty warm.

I got interested in barefoot running a few months ago and after reading Born to Run I knew I had to try it. I am an instant convert. Given, its only one day and it was a very easy and short run, but I'm excited to stick with it.

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Hello everyone! I just bought my first pair of VFF Sprints about two weeks ago, and so far I'm having a great experience using them. They seem to have solved some of my issues with joint pain during running. I am hoping to run a 3K in March and a 5K in May wearing my VFFs ...right now I'm working on the Couch-to-5K running program with some co-workers (some of whom are also wearing their first pairs of VFFs!).

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Welcome to the team LOOKFORWARD2IT. Good luck with your goal of more bare foot running :)

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Hello! New to the group here. Found out about it through Coach Nicole. I have a long term goal of running with less and less shoe over the next 5 years until I am satisfied that I am using my whole food in the way it was meant to be used. I will do quite a bit of BF running in the summers, but I live quite far north and won't run BF in the dark.

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I just wanted to check in and see how you guys have been doing.

ELWYNE - have you tried barefoot running yet?

Or it is starting to get too cold where everyone is? (I'm in Ohio and last night spent 2+ hours playing soccer in 40 degree weather... not fun!:)

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Hi!
Thanks for creating this group. I am a person who prefers to be barefoot. I've been thinking about running for a long time but the only way I think I would want to do it is barefoot or close to. It's not safe to run truly barefoot in my neighborhood but I am interested in some of the footwear people have mentioned here & hope to try it out soon!

not all who wander are lost...


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Thanks for the welcome! emoticon

I did step on a couple of rocks during my run but it wasn't too bad with the socks on. I ran mostly on the asphalt. On one of the sites, I think Barefoot Ted, he has directions on how to make your own footwear.

The bottoms of my feet are a little sore this evening but after my run, which wasn't very long, I cleaned out the garage, so that might contribute to sore feet.

I was also thinking about the method of running barefoot, in terms of the ball, heel, ball. I was watching my cats walk and that's what they do! If they can do it with 4 feet I can certainly do it with just 2!
Have a great night and tomorrow!
-Sarah K
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I think that's really courageous - I wanted to try barefoot running but couldn't from fear of stepping on something sharp or bump or rocky:) Good for you!

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~George Eliot


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Oh gosh, that's not dorky at all. I've seriously considered running in mukluks or moccasins. Just haven't made it to the store yet!

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Hello!
I also got interested in barefoot running after starting to read "Born to Run"; actually when I saw the author on The Daily Show.
I've never been much of a runner but have always wanted to give it a go. I'm sort of heavy up top and was always embarrassed to run. I never even finished the mile in school; I always found a way to cheat. When I finally did run I would be so sore I wouldn't want to do it again.
So today I took my first barefoot run after reading a bunch of websites and watching videos on YouTube to see the proper technique. I live in the country and our roads are really rocky so, and I know this is dorky, I wore some slipper socks I picked up at the store. It worked out pretty well! I only went about .4 mi, but I feel good and like I'll do it again.
Here's to beginnings!
-Sarah K

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Hi Malloc!!

Welcome to the group. Check out the links section - I think everyone has been sharing some great info - and feel free to add to them.

Michelle

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Welcome. Still waiting on mine. I have been trying to just hang out barefoot more. Played baseball in the yard the other day, run to the mailbox, that sort of thing. I really just need to toughen up my feet as they are so pampered from wearing shoes. I think I am improving.

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I am new to the five fingers, but am loving them. Since I have been out of running for so long, maybe 20 years, I am taking it very slow. All I do is walking in them, but that is enough to get a start.

Just remember to land on the ball of your foot and take shorter strides. Get used to them slowly.

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That's funny, because about a year ago I decided that I would start running again (the best shape I was ever in was when I used to run everyday for 45min - 1 hour) but I stopped because of unbearable knee/ ankle/ foot pain. When I decided last year to start running again, I decided to invest in some really great running shoes, hoping to avoid all of the pain. Over $200 later everything still hurt. I have been fascinated with barefoot running in the past few months and am convinced that it is far superior to running in shoes, and from my month (almost of experience), it really is much less painful. And the group is brand new - just started in the last few weeks:)

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” ~George Eliot


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Same here. The interest brought me to the book. The book is intensifying my interest. :)

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
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Forgot to say, I am also reading Born to Run and am really enjoying it. It is not really the reason for my new interest in Barefoot running but it is one o fa bunch of little things that have brought me to start researching it.

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I just found this group trying to learn more about the five finger shoes. I have done a little research and want to give them a try. A little nervous as I am not sure how to break my feet in ect.. When I get them I will just take it nice and slow. IT is funny that you say you went to your local Fleet Feet as that is the only place within reasonable driving distance that has the vibrams. I have never been to that runnning store but I do have a 25.00 gift card I won at a local road race. It is sign I say, cause I am not sure they are in my budget either.

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I assume this group is new, too...or just really freakishly small. ;) I'm hoping for the former.

So, me. I'm 36 and a beginning runner. I started the Couch to 5K program in December of last year and have generally kept up with running ever since completing the training cycle in the spring. But. But I keep getting hip/back/ankle/foot/knee pain. I will have about 3 good weeks of solid running and then lay myself up again with stiffness, soreness, or other not so nice feelings. You know the story.

At the advice of several running groups, I went to my local FleetFeet and was custom-fitted for a pair of way too expensive shoes. All went well for about a month. And then bam! Hip pain again. It's not my shoes. It must be, as I have suspected for a long time, my technique. (That or a need for a chiropractic adjustment, as the pain is most often a nerve-type twinge and not the burn of muscle or connective tissue damage...)

I searched the web for ideas. I discovered, in the following order:
*Vibram FiveFingers
*Barefoot Ted
*Barefoot Ken Bob
*Born to Run

I'm in the process of reading Born to Run (at about chapter 24 now), and have been slowly reading my way through both "barefoot" guys' sites. I'm very intrigued. I already go barefoot around my house/yard just as a matter of lifestyle, and have considered trying barefoot running at the indoor track (but have yet to, because of curmudgeonly staff and well posted "Athletic Shoes Only" signs). I'm fascinated by the FiveFingers and would very much like to try a pair but they simply aren't in the budget for a while yet, after my fancy new Saucony's. Sigh.

At any rate...I'm investigating, and here to learn more!

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
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