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 on: January 27, 2011, 12:03:28 PM 
Started by Jason - Last post by trickstar
Hi Jason, Phil aka trickstar from Napier Hawkes Bay New Zealand.  I'm a long time triathlete. I started down the road of moving away from running shoes a couple of years ago. I have always been naturally a good runner but I was looking at ways to improve.  It was June last year I started seriously looking at doing it.

 on: January 27, 2011, 11:18:41 AM 
Started by jmbrimley - Last post by Jason
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. 

 on: January 27, 2011, 09:58:43 AM 
Started by jmbrimley - Last post by JasonFitz1
A good idea might be to try a mixture of both - a little bit of barefoot running on the treadmill combined with some running outside in your KSO's. If you're just getting into barefoot running, you want to be really cautious about overdoing it. Your feet and lower legs need time to strengthen and recover, so it's best to run barefoot or in VFF's only 2-3 times per week to start.

It's harder in the cold, so you may need to start by wearing VFF's and then make the transition to totally barefoot in the spring when it's warmer.

- Fitz.

 on: January 27, 2011, 09:34:39 AM 
Started by bmulnix - Last post by fred
I have a question on this:

I have a beautiful compact-sized camera, a Canon S95, and I use a 4x10oz Nathan running belt on my trail runs. Here's the problem: if I'm going to carry my camera, I have nowhere to put a bar/gel/food/keys. Space/weight is at a premium on runs, so do you have suggestions for what kind of pack to wear, or for other creative ways to carry a camera?

 on: January 26, 2011, 09:07:03 PM 
Started by jmbrimley - Last post by jmbrimley
I can run in my KSOs fine in the cold, but I would rather run total barefoot.

 on: January 26, 2011, 08:39:42 PM 
Started by jmbrimley - Last post by Eric_W
have you tried running outside in your kso even when its that cold?  i find that my feet warm up and they are fine as long as i keep moving

 on: January 26, 2011, 08:35:54 PM 
Started by Jason - Last post by Eric_W
Hey my name is Eric and I have just been getting into minimalist/barefoot running.  After struggling with injuries for 2 years, in which i tried a lot of different things, more minimalist running suited me.  I have a pair of vff and they dont stink yet but hopefully ill put enough miles in them so they do.  o and I heard about your site from http://www.runblogger.com/  he has a great site too

 on: January 25, 2011, 09:45:55 PM 
Started by jmbrimley - Last post by jmbrimley
Hey guys, kind of a simple question here, might sound dumb but here goes: I'm just getting into BF running, and my feet can't really take the chip-and-seal asphalt roads by my house, much less the 20 degree weather. Would it be smarter to start running barefoot on my treadmill, or wear my KSOs outside? I would like to get some mileage under my belt, but I don't want to kill myself over it. Thanks for any advice!

 on: January 25, 2011, 07:16:52 PM 
Started by Jason - Last post by jmbrimley
Hey John, welcome!  I hear Utah has some great trails... I hope to make it out there in the near future!
Thanks Jason, you make it out here and be sure to let me know! There are some great trails around here that I'm sure you'd love

 on: January 25, 2011, 02:52:09 PM 
Started by Jason - Last post by jock80
Hello folks, just wanted to say hello I'm Jonny from the UK.  A recent convert to mr/bfr been "playing" at it since the summer only started to get more "serious" since Nov completed my first 10mile run at the weekend wearing vff bikilas hoping to take part in the UK barefoot race on the 1st of may!! Been using the barefoot university website for most of my information/tips during the transition period although I know I still have a long way to go!



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