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1  General Category / All Things Related to Barefoot or Minimalist Shoe Running / Re: Shoes? on: February 01, 2011, 02:43:38 PM
Sizing was easy.  I wear a 10 and the Merrel 10's are perfect.  I thought at first the toe box was too big (it is roomy), but once I ran I realized it was perfect.
Robert at the Huntington store was great - he held back a size 9.5 and 10.5 in the same color until I got the shoes and called him to say if they fit or not.
Best to have your European size available for a good cross reference.
2  General Category / All Things Related to Barefoot or Minimalist Shoe Running / Re: Shoes? on: February 01, 2011, 08:15:11 AM
I think you will find in Jason's posts that he loves the Evo II and the Merrel Trail Glove, but you will see that the Trail Glove is winning out.  I have never tried any Terra Plana so I don't have a comparison there.  However, I have run trails in my Sprints - bad idea!  So I called the Merrel store in Huntington NY and ordered over the phone the Trail Glove.  I have only been on one run and wore them around in the snow - I have yet to run a trail - but I can tell that these will be the best trail shoes ever.  The traction is amazing.  If the mud is really deep Jason recommends the Inov8, but for everything else the Trail Glove will be perfect.  I will be wearing it as my daily shoe - I am going to buy a pair in leather for work as soon as it is available - I bought a pair for my 9 year old daughter as well.
3  General Category / All Things Related to Barefoot or Minimalist Shoe Running / Re: Introductions on: January 28, 2011, 06:15:44 AM
Hello I'm Nathan in Arlington, VA.  I have been running minimalist with a little barefoot thrown in for about 8 months.  I've never been a long distance runner, but now with my new form I intend to run a few long races this year.  Definitely a half marathon and perhaps a marathon.  I prefer running trails to road running - but barefoot running has made road running interesting.
4  General Category / All Things Related to Barefoot or Minimalist Shoe Running / Re: Transitioning on: January 28, 2011, 06:10:02 AM
I was not a big runner before, but I did run a bit and I play soccer alot.  Nevertheless I still needed to transition from a heel strike.  I started my transition in some worn out indoor soccer shoes.  The soles were thin, plus I took out the insoles, however they still had a bit of a heel.  I soon bought VFF Sprints.  I don't remember if I pulled the muscles in my calves before I got the VFF's or after but either way I believe that if I had started my transition completely barefoot I would not have done to much too soon.  Even minimal shoes allowed me to push the pace too much and injure myself.  It's been eight months and I am finally able to run consistently 1-2 times a week for longer distances than I have since I was 20 (I'm 40 now).

What ended up working for me was to run a mile or two barefoot first to warm up and then when my feet got a bit rough I would put on my VFF's and finish my run.  Running like this was really enjoyable and I can't wait until warmer weather to continue this and to increase my barefoot mileage.
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