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9/14/13 11:25 P

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Well, those Xeros look interesting! Maybe a little too minimal for me, but glad you are liking them!

I am still loving my New Balance Minimus shoes. They are not the Road Zero, as I stated before, but rather the V730's. I think they have a new generation of them now. I ran two half marathons in them this spring, and experienced some foot bruising due to the punishing downhill miles of one of the halfs, but I think that was more due to my lacing (elastic laces too tight) rather than the shoes themselves. I just completed a 30K in the same model and my feet felt great except for a couple times when I accidentally stepped on a larger/sharpish rock on the gravel portion of the course. Still going strong with the minimal shoes and don't wear my stability shoes any more. I also picked up a pair of minimalist Merrells the other day because they were on clearance for $26 and enjoyed my first run in them. They have less forefoot stability than the NB's, feeling more like running in slippers, so again, something to get used to.

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9/7/13 12:28 P

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I got a pair of Xero huarache sandals a few weeks ago, and I love them. It's definitely an adjustment, and I'm still working on my gait. The Xero blog has some really helpful ideas for experimenting with foot strike and 'placing' your feet versus stepping on them.

http://xeroshoes.com/barefoot-running-ti
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It's a process. I'm trying to be patient :o)

I went out for about an hour today (mostly walking, just a few little jog intervals to experiment) and I think I'm getting close!

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8/25/12 12:08 P

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What brand/type of minimalist shoes do you run in? I have a huge problem with shin splints and would LOVE to run without them! LOL

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8/23/12 2:43 P

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I love running in my NB Minimus shoes. I think they're the Road Zero model. I'm way faster in them, but only run about 4 miles 1x per week in them, and use my neutrals and stability shoes for longer distance, then I wear the Minimus to the gym and do a mile or two on the TM and love that they're also unpadded enough that it's safe to do my kettlebell workout in them. I have VFFs too, but save them for yoga and kettlebells. The NB shoes have just enough padding for running on pavement and gravel.

Voluntary Discomfort is the secret cornerstone of strength. We build our whole lives around increasing comfort and avoiding discomfort, and yet by doing so we are drinking a can of Weakness Tonic with every morning’s breakfast. ~Mr. Money Mustache
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8/21/12 10:07 P

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start slow and easy.

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8/20/12 1:38 P

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I've been running in my minimalist shoes all summer now. I still love them. This is the first time in my life that I haven't had to be so very careful about shin splints. They're just gone. And my ankle almost never bothers me anymore and certainly not after a run. I did stub my toe the other day when I kicked a stick that must have been attached to something. Ow! But as running injuries go, I can't complain.
Just thought I'd share my joy!

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5/29/12 11:31 A

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ME40 - I just got a pair of the Brooks Pure and I HATE HATE HATE them!!! Actually, they are fine for walking and cross training but I do not like running in them AT ALL!

I think that some people are "built" for minimalist running and others are not. My BF never liked running till he got a pair of Vibrams, and now he loves it. OTOH, I much prefer traditional shoes. I guess what I'm trying to say is that if it's not broke, don't fix it! :D

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5/21/12 1:42 P

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I am transitioning to Merrell Pace Gloves right now. I am using the transition plan on the Merrell Website. It's a 40 day plan with running, cross training, and strength exercises. I really like it. I have had the Pace Gloves about 3 weeks and I am up to 2 miles in them. I still feel it in my calves often after a run. I also wear them at the gym, hiking, and pretty much everywhere else. I am in love with them. It's been tough not to do a longer run, but my old traditional trainers feel terrible now when I wear them.

Good luck and go slow :)

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5/3/12 2:25 A

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i started running in the minimus 10s a couple of months ago & im up to seven miles in them
i was hoping to get up to 13 miles by this sunday as i have a half marathon but im not ready yet

im a minute slower a mile in the minimus 10s than i am in my regular trainers but im sure ill get faster with time (i hope)

ive also got a pair of minimus 00s that i walk in as i dont think i could run in them

 
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4/15/12 8:32 P

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I just recently bought me some Brooks Pure. When I purchased then I was told to run short distances..very short distances..that 3 miles may be too many. He told me to do 1 mile and do that a few times a week and slowing move forward. I ran 2 miles outside and 2 miles on treadmill...different days and I can feel it in my calves. My legs hurt as if I have been runnning 10 miles. My feet didnt feel bad but I could feel the intensity. I really want to use them because I dont run balanced and I can tell with the Pure shoe to where I can correct the way I run. They dont feel bad at all. I am willing to keep trying them...soon I may be able to run a 5k in them! (Maybe not real soon..but soon enough)

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4/12/12 9:24 A

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Nancy, does that really work? I too mine out of the box, put them on for about a quarter mile and shelved them.

They sure make interesting looking "sandals" now. Should I give them another chance?

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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4/9/12 10:36 P

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I got a pair of Saucony Hattori minimalist shoes. I love them. It's like running in comfy slippers. I'm up to 30 minutes and haven't noticed any muscle complaints. I do feel like my stride is a bit shorter and I've noticed that my ankle and habitual shin splints are doing better.

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4/9/12 3:55 P

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Here is some good information to check out. Although a lot of it discusses barefoot running or running in VFFs, it's still good info for minimalist running. The most important thing when transitioning, is to TAKE IT SLOW. A mile and a half on your first time out may be too ambitious.

www.runnersworld.com/community/forum
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runner-communities/barefoot-running/R>new-barefoot-minimalist-runners-start-here


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birthdayshoes.com/an-introduction-to
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4/6/12 11:35 P

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Thanks for the tips guys. I ran about a mile and a half this afternoon. The shoes felt amazing. I did feel it a lot more in my calves. I will have to see how I feel tomorrow though. Thanks Again.

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4/6/12 10:48 P

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Your gait/muscle utilization will be different, as Nancy indicated. Regardless of how many minutes you spend running each day...I'd say the 10% rule in introducing these to your running routine is ideal so that you can continue to enjoy your routine. GL!

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4/6/12 7:38 P

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Hi Dave,

I run in the Newton Minimalist shoe and have for almost 4 years now. The most important lesson I can tell you is to start out VERY slow adapting to them--maybe 20 minutes a couple of times a week max. The reason--because these shoes promote a mid-foot foot strike they can be very taxing on your calf muscles and if you do not have the physiology developed, you may be more vulnerable to injury.

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4/6/12 3:45 P

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I am just getting started with a running routine and I decided to go the minimalist route. I just bought a pair of New Balance Minimus MT20 Barefoot Trainers. Any suggestions about getting started?

Oh, I am 28, 6'1", and weigh about 175. I have been very active in sports, mostly soccer, in the past, but have done very little this past year. I am also looking for a good strength training routine.

Thanks,
Dave

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