Barefoot Running?

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  1. Jim Moore

    Jim Moore Long timer

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    I was forced to give up running several years ago after my knees went bad. I read a book recently called "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall. Very interesting book! He is a big advocate of barefoot running on soft surfaces. His gist is that running in shoes permits you to use a weird stride that hurts more than it helps. Running barefoot forces you to run in a certain (correct) manner, which causes less wear and tear.

    It kinda made sense. I'm going to give it a try. I may get some of those icky "toe shoes" that you see sometimes.

    Anyone have any experiences with barefoot running or those icky shoes that they'd like to share?
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  2. fz6kd7

    fz6kd7 Been here awhile

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    I have fila skeletoes two outside toes together
    Other 3 individual
    Then tried the barefoot run stride
    It was easier on the knees i did get more distance

    I still hate to run and believe thats why bicycles
    Were invented.....always hated to jog/run

    The shoes are comfortable enough to workout in the gym
    with and even reduces stress on the knees on certain exercise
    machines

    They still look goofy after a year+ of wear
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  3. PoundSand

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    Watching people running a 1/2 Marathon here and a couple of guys actually ran the whole thing on city streets barefoot. Tough. I can hardly walk across my lawn in bare feet. Tenderfoot.
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  5. Jim Moore

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    Well, I just got back from a 20 minute barefoot walk. i also jogged a little bit. It was actually kinda pleasant. I have a lot of areas I can walk / run barefoot here. I think I'll do that for awhile, then maybe try the shoes.
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  6. Ghostyman

    Ghostyman Been here awhile

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    I really like the concept of the "barefoot" shoes and picked up a pair of Vibram Five Fingers on sale. They feel great and are comfortable. Putting them on smoothly takes some practice.

    I like them but I'm also looking to replace them with some Merrill Trail Glove shoes so I get less attention in public.

    They should make great camp shoes for moto trips.
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  7. Eugene

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    I have a pair of the Merrill Trail Gloves and like them a lot. They do make great camping shoes although the sole is lacking in grip when hiking, I've found. They pack flat or you can roll them up. They flatten out good too under a bungee net if you're in that situation. Throw them in the washer when needed.
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  8. CBoy808

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    The Vibram Five Fingers are a great investment if you are going to be running. Its as close as you can get to being barefoot without actually being barefoot. There are just too many things that can go wrong with barefoot running IMHO. Plus I'm a tenderfoot :lol3
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  9. urbancowboy

    urbancowboy Vicious Cycler

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    +1

    i bought the vibrams a few years ago. loved running in them, did a bunch of 3-6 mile runs in them a few times a week. after a month my feet were killing me. top of the arch felt like something was broken. i didn't run for the next six weeks. apparently a common injury with those "shoes."

    i still wear the vibrams to the gym for everything except running. i'll lift, do stairs, elliptical etc just won't risk running with them again.

    now i run with saucony kinvara 3. more of a minimalist show with light cushioning. love them and would highly recommend them.

    http://www.saucony.com/store/SiteCo...20157-2*M080&productId=4-109350&searched=true
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