barefoot running?

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  1. Jimmy Chitwood

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    i am positive that we've talked a little about this before, but i couldn't find the thread.

    anyway, i stumbled across yet another article discussing this issue recently, and it seems to have a LOT of positives. and it makes sense, too,once you think about it.

    i'll post it below, but i was curious what you guys think. has anyone tried it?

     
  2. FootballDad

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    I haven't tried it yet, I'm a bit too much of a "tenderfoot" to attempt it. I've thought about getting the Vibram things so that I can give it a shot, though. One thing that looking into this a couple of years ago did for me, is that it made me conscious of how I run. Many runners/joggers get into a habit of "heel and toe" running, which is unnatural and really bad for your joints, but is encouraged by shoe design. Even not running barefoot, I always run on the balls of my feet, especially when running up and particularly, down hills.
     
  3. Colonel Callan

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    I have enough background in this to be able to tell people that it boils down to who you are. Barefoot running - or to be safe running in something like Nike 5.0's etc - provides benefits, but it depends on the individual. Lots of fast mid and long distance guys hit mid or even, God forbid, heel first. If you're sprinting, up on your toes, but otherwise, don't worry too much about it. If you doubt me, look at film or video of top runners from past to present. Being on your toes/the balls of your feet for anything over a mile (in terms of racing) is not good. Runners like that tend to have a lot of calf injuries, many times misdiagnosed as problems with the fascia surrounding the calf muscles. Yeah, simplifying it a bit, but think toes for running very fast, and then don't worry too much after that. Most people who think they're coming down heel first are usually more of a midfoot striker, which is fine.
     
  4. Jimmy Chitwood

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    i found that other thread, and the original article that got me started thinking about this subjectthis piece linked on Lew Rockwell's site i thought i'd re-post it and hearany thoughts of my fellow CFers.


    click the link to read the full article. it's very interesting. and i'd like to hear any thoughts from you guys.
     
  5. Alpha Male

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    Sprinting barefoot on sand orsoft grass is a great way to strengthen the ankle and foot. Franco and Arnold were proponents of training barefoot for squats and deadlifts. Why? Because barefoot training allows formore mass force application to the ground without the "cinder block" bubble effect of today's shoes. If you have a safe surface to run on, barefoot training is beneficial to your health and athletic development. Edited by: Alpha Male
     
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    On youtube there is a video of Simone Collio running at the beach. 10.06 is his personal best. He said that he worked so hard to get that time that it was like pouring his soul onto a canvas or something. He also said he was drunk when he wrote that though...hahahahah.
     
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    There is a new show on Discovery or TLC called "Weird or What". They just had a segment on barefoot runners from the mountains of Mexico. They can run 200 miles in a couple of days. I think the record for them is about 400 in 2 days. They run barefoot or in cheap sandals. The show did an analysis of running in shoes and barefoot and being barefoot puts a lot less stress on the legs, so they think this is one reason they can run so far. They also drink a lot of corn beer before they run.
    Check it out. I am sure there are repeats.
     
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    better hope you don't step on any glass / nails, etc. or catch any diseases or parasites from running around barefoot.
     
  9. RB10

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    I do a lot of sprinting in my vibrams five fingers shoes over the past few years, which is as close as you can get without running barefoot. I definitely have noticed a difference in my run times and my foot and calf muscles have gotten stronger from it and it helps clean up your running form.
     
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