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1  General Category / All Things Related to Barefoot or Minimalist Shoe Running / Moderators needed on: February 26, 2011, 10:22:00 AM
Hey everyone-

I don't really have the time to manage the details of the forum, especially as it grows.  Would anyone be interested in becoming a moderator?  Ideally, I'm looking for two or three people to approve new members, kick out spammers, and stimulate conversations.  I would like someone that would have the ability to check in at least once every day or so.  If you're interested, just reply to this thread.

Thanks!

-Jason
2  General Category / All Things Related to Barefoot or Minimalist Shoe Running / New affiliate program for The Barefoot Runing Book... earn money! on: February 06, 2011, 07:24:52 AM
Hey all,

Some of you have been asking about an affiliate program for The Barefoot Running Book.  I finally got around to setting it up.  You'd earn 30% of sales for every book or PDF you sell via your website or blog.  Directions are here:

http://barefootrunninguniversity.com/affiliates/

Let me know if you have any questions.
3  General Category / All Things Related to Barefoot or Minimalist Shoe Running / Re: BF Crossfitting on: February 05, 2011, 06:58:06 AM
I do all of my Crossfit workouts barefoot.  My local affiliate (Crossfit Grand Rapids- http://crossfitgr.com) is incredibly supportive of barefoot running and other activities.  This is one of the reasons I'm an ardent supporter of CF gyms.  Wink
4  General Category / All Things Related to Barefoot or Minimalist Shoe Running / The Barefoot Running Book- first 52 pages free sample! on: February 02, 2011, 03:20:26 AM
If anyone is interested in sampling the goods:

http://barefootrunninguniversity.com/The_Barefoot_Running_Book_Sample.pdf

Enjoy!
5  General Category / All Things Related to Barefoot or Minimalist Shoe Running / Re: Shoes? on: February 01, 2011, 07:44:24 PM
The Trail Glove is my current favorite.  The combination of fit and function is the best on the market for me.  I always recommend trying a few pairs at the stores... what works for me may not be universal.  However, most of the people that have tried the Trail Gloves love them.
6  General Category / All Things Related to Barefoot or Minimalist Shoe Running / Re: Starting out and ankle pain on: January 29, 2011, 06:56:29 AM
I guess I have a similar experience, though less extreme both in my experience as a runner and my pain.  I've run for over a decade and moved from neutral-cushioned shoes to adding off the shelf orthotics.  Was fitted for custom orthotics, but before I really began using them, I began experimenting with minimalist running.  Once I started running (in vff's), the knee pain and lower back pain I had dealt with for years vanished.  Absolutely fell in love with running again.  I liked it so much, I started stretching my long runs too far too soon, and aggravated my achilles.  I've taken a couple months off to rest it, while I do PT and ice, and have just started running again.

Jason, I have assumed the achilles is from "too much too soon," but does that ring true in your experience?  My doc is also a runner who is a trainer at EMU (Ypsi) and has read a bit about bfr, but he hasn't tried it yet.  Last I saw him, he was considering it for himself, too, which would be great for me!  He diagnosed the achilles as resulting from overuse and advised RICE, along with exercises and stretches.  Just wondering if that makes sense to you, too, or if you have experienced/heard of anything similar. 

(Sorry for the longish post).

Absolutely.  The strain on the Achilles can be considerable.  Traditional raised-heel running shoes (and almost all non-running shoes) chronically shorten the Achilles.  This is one of the most common issues new barefoot/minimalist shoe runners face.  Patience and listening to your body will go a long way to minimizing or preventing the problem, and RICE and stretching will help fix it.

Best of luck!
7  General Category / All Things Related to Barefoot or Minimalist Shoe Running / Book winner! on: January 29, 2011, 04:44:07 AM
Monkey Feet, you won the book by registering for the forum!  Congrats!  I sent you a message on Facebook; just respond with a mailing address.

Thanks to everyone for registering!
8  General Category / All Things Related to Barefoot or Minimalist Shoe Running / Re: Transitioning on: January 28, 2011, 02:36:38 AM
I always recommend people start out doing only barefoot instead of trying to work it in with regular shoes simply because the form used in each is quite different.  Of course, many people have transitioned using your plan, but there seems to be more complications and the transition takes a bit longer. 

Generally speaking, if you are patient, listen to your body, and work on mastering the basic elements of good barefoot form, pretty much any plan will work.
9  General Category / All Things Related to Barefoot or Minimalist Shoe Running / Re: Starting out and ankle pain on: January 28, 2011, 02:33:41 AM
Can you give a bit more info on the nature of the ankle pain?  Specifically, where is it located? 
10  General Category / All Things Related to Barefoot or Minimalist Shoe Running / Re: BF Running on a treadmill? on: January 27, 2011, 11:18:41 AM
I would recommend a mixture of the two, also.  It IS important to exercise caution... patience is a good thing.

As far as barefoot running on a treadmill, it requires a slightly different technique.  The moving belt can interfere with the normal vertical movement of the feet.  If you run as you do on flat ground, it can cause undue friction which can lead to blisters.  The trick is to begin moving your foot backwards immediately before it touches the belt (what we call paw-back). 

Also, be weary of treadmills that develop too much heat. 
11  General Category / All Things Related to Barefoot or Minimalist Shoe Running / Re: Taking Running Photos that don't suck on: January 25, 2011, 01:23:21 PM
Thanks for the tips, Brandon!  Any more advanced tips?
12  General Category / All Things Related to Barefoot or Minimalist Shoe Running / Re: Introductions on: January 25, 2011, 01:22:51 PM
Hey John, welcome!  I hear Utah has some great trails... I hope to make it out there in the near future!
13  General Category / All Things Related to Barefoot or Minimalist Shoe Running / Introductions on: January 25, 2011, 02:40:25 AM
Write a few lines about yourself as an introduction.  Include who you are, where you're from, your story of how you became interested in barefoot running, etc.
14  General Category / All Things Related to Barefoot or Minimalist Shoe Running / Welcome! on: January 24, 2011, 05:08:28 PM
Hello all!  This is my first attempt  at creating a community.  Note- there's only one topic.  Post anything and everything here, especially questions.

Have fun!

-Jason
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