Monthly Archive: April 2013

Apr 30

11. Plantar fasciitis – Is barefoot running a cause or cure?

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Just had a question from Grant in Linkoping, Sweden. Sounds all too
familiar to me. I sent the question out to the coaches. Here are their responses:

‘Training for Gothenburg half marathon (18th May) at the moment and I’m now suffering pain in my left foot. Most probably plantar fasciitis. Classic symptom of pain with my first few steps in the morning. Taking it easy at the moment, but all I wanna do is run of course. Anyone with similar experience? I’ve been running barefoot/min since end of December. Gradually building up the mileage. What to do?’

Steven Sashen from Xero shoes

There are a number of causes of PF, and there are some conditions that mimic PF. So, with the caveat that I’m not a doctor and that I’m not trying to diagnose you (especially not via email), here are some thoughts:

1) A common cause of PF symptoms (and actual PF) is calf tightness. Use a foam roller (check Youtube for instructions about using a foam roller on your calf) and stretch the calf.

2) Note that you’re NOT having the problem on the right side… as you walk and run, pay attention to what you may be doing differently with that “good” side. Your “bad” side may, then, adjust to match.

3) Make a video of your barefoot running, from the side and the back. Ideally, use a camera that lets you then view yourself in slow motion. Check and see if you find any differences, left to right. Look at how your foot lands. Check and see if your heel touches the ground or not (if you heel strike, that could lead to PF, and if you forefoot or mid-foot strike but don’t let your heel touch down, that could cause calf strain).

4) This is a bit extreme, but: I’ve also found that chocolate cures everything!
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Helen Hall 150x150Helen Hall from Perpetual Forward Motion Ltd

I just knew my pretend case study on plantar fasciitis would come in useful one day.

There’s not enough information here to be super-helpful as he may already be doing what I would say would be basic remedial action, but sometimes it’s stopping doing what people perceive to be the right thing – but isn’t – is the most helpful!
  • DO NOT STRETCH the muscles of either the foot or the calf.  Until you know why there is pain, pulling something that might be tight probably won’t make it feel any better about itself … and in fact, it’s likely to feel worse.  Stretching is an over-used and frequently misused tool.
  • DO NOT use ICE … extremes of temperature shut down the lymphatic system which is your vehicle for removing metabolic waste fluid.  Icing is an over-used tool with no medical proof of efficacy at all.  It might make you feel as if you’re doing good, and it might ‘numb’ the area, but it won’t help disperse the inflammatory fluid which is part of the pain picture.
  • DO NOT weight-bear after rest/sleep without first mobilising the soft tissue of the lower leg; eg whilst still in bed, rotate your ankles in both directions several times and point and flex the ankle (do not hold any stretches – this is mobilisation) several times.  Do this for a few minutes to loosen soft tissue that has shortened and tightened whilst you’re sleeping ( foetal position is with relaxed ankles, our toes lower than our heels, shortening the calf muscles for many hours of your life)
  • DO NOT ‘BEAT UP’ sore soft tissue, thinking ‘no pain, no gain’.
  • DO:
  • Gentle massage to loosen and generate an improved circulation
  • Use rollers/stick tools to make self massage easier, more enjoyable and more productive.  Here’s a video showing you how – many videos show you to lift  your bottom off the floor.  You won’t last longer than 30 seconds and that’s not long enough to be productive.  You need a few minutes at least to start to make a difference.
  • Check your running form to ensure you’re not pushing with your toes – classic cause of pain in the feet.
  • Check your foot bone structure to see if the end of the long foot bone leading to the big toe is at the same level as the end of the long foot bone leading to the second toe.  If they aren’t level, and the 1st metatarsal is shorter than the 2nd, it is almost certain that that is the root cause of your plantar-fasciitis and the condition (Morton’s Foot) needs correcting.

 

Gray CawsGray Caws of N8pt.com

Hi Grant

You say ‘most probably’ so the first thing you need to do is have this confirmed by a medical professional. If it is the case you then need to consider your training.
You say you’re gradually building up mileage but if you only started barefoot running end December, for most people three months is not enough time to get the strength in the muscles of your feet and lower legs to run a comfortable 1/2 marathon. A traditional running shoe supports these muscles. If you run barefoot or in minimalist shoes and the feet and lower legs muscles are not fully conditioned then it falls to the plantar fascia to do most of the work.

Also running on and/or pushing off with the toes overloads the lower leg muscles
again putting strain on the plantar fascia so make sure your lower legs are relaxed
and you are landing mid-foot with your posture in good alignment.

I would advise that good technique, foot and lower leg muscle conditioning and a
more gradual progress approach to training should help. It’s important to avoid
damage to tendons and ligaments as they take much longer to repair than muscles due to limited blood supply.

Here’s hoping all goes well in Gothenburg but remember no one race is worth putting
the bigger picture of enjoyable life-long running at risk. Be sensible and listen to
your body. It usually knows what’s best!

Gray Caws
Chi Running Instructor and Personal Trainer
www.N8pt.com

Many thanks to Stephen, Helen and Gray for taking the time to respond.

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Apr 30

Freet 4+1 review – so what are they really like?

 

 So…what are these new fangled Freets actually like. I have had lots of questions and interest but a natural reservation about something so new.

I have started to reach for mine when I want to run with something on my feet. They feel warm and secure and my running style is good in them.

Andrew from Freet has had positive feedback and here is a bit of a compilation of things so far:

From Andrew:

I got some interesting feedback from a ultra runner/physio Adam and his friend Terry who won the Lakeland 100 last year. For them the product really works for the longer distance because it is really secure on the foot helped alot by the way it fastens and secures – a bit more of an effort to put on/take off but helping with that precision fit. It’s movement of the foot in footwear that kills over time especially without socks. Some criticise the padding in the heel too – for these guys that really increases comfort over long distance and has no downside at all.

I agree with that. I didn’t notice any heel padding. I still feel plenty through the soles. I don’t find them hard to pull on and off and  I may do that a number of times during a run. You just get used to guiding your big toe into the sleeve whilst sliding your foot in. I also agree with the secure fit being a benefit. I just forget that I have them on.
Review of the Freet 4+1 shoe by Jane from Barnard Castle

Just to say, I tried out my Freet Barefoot Shoes yesterday on a walk up part of the Pennine Way.

I was interested to try them out because I was fed up with the faff of having to lace up boots (and they are never laced quite correctly so I always have to stop and have another go), it also seemed ridiculous that I should be effectively preventing my feet moving freely. On a recent visit to the beach, I loved walking on the sand and climbing on the rocks without shoes, so why would I lock away my feet during a walk?

My first impression was that the shoes felt extremely comfortable and light – like having a pair of slippers.

But here I come up against years of indoctrination – shoes cannot feel that good – they must be locked in to prevent any movement because otherwise, or so we have constantly been told, our ankles will collapse at the first sign of uneven ground and the poor mountain rescue services will have to pay the price for our foolhardiness.

I have an amazing revelation, far from endangering my foot, the shoes actually enabled me to move with far greater precision. There is a wonderful boulder strewn path up the Pennines Way, followed by a scramble up Cauldron Snout. During this walk, I found myself able to place my feet with precision exactly where I wanted and it was a real joy to feel my ankles and toes working to aid my balance. The shoes themselves feel like a second skin because of the separate big toe compartment, slightly stretchy fabric and firm Velcro fastening; I never felt that my foot was in danger of moving round or slipping. It also occurred to me that because my feet were constantly moving around, they were effectively helping to pump the blood around and back up my leg. The other benefit of this was that I never had any cold feet, despite it being a cold day with 5 foot snowdrifts in places!

The second part of the walk was along a stony track, followed by some tarmac road. Once again my feet moved naturally and I did not have the sense that I was having to cart around unnecessary weight on the end of my legs!

I have to say that, by the end, my feet felt great. Unlike other walks, even with supposedly well fitted and ‘lightweight’ walking boots, I did not have that sense of relief about removing the boots and being able to move my feet about.

Since the shoes had moved like a second skin, there had been no rubbing or hotspots and my feet had the wonderful warm glow of a good workout. Instead of a sense of relief as I changed into something more comfortable, I kept them on to go to the pub and forgot about them completely until I got home.

In conclusion, I am now a convert. It seems to me an absolute travesty that, when we have been blessed with a masterpiece of engineering such as our feet, we should then constrict them in walking boots! Do try walking bare feet and enjoy feeling your feet coming back to life.

I haven’t tried much walking in my Freets but I know that they are being used up in the hills for just that purpose. The second skin, secure fit comes out again as does the comfort.

Review of the Freet 4+1 shoe by Dr P Evans, passionate barefoot runner

I like the Freet 4+1. I agree the important thing is the big toe independence. I have often wondered what the real advantage of the five separate sockets for all toes. However, I haven’t complained as they have kept me injury free. I like the extra protection I feel from this arrangement in the toe box of Freet though.

I appreciated the thicker layers from the upper used – they felt warmer than both the VFF, KSO and the Vivo Evos. I also have not noticed too much sweat/wetness, so the wicking works well too.

The sole seems to work OK too. I need a few more runs to give that a full opinion yet, but to be honest it felt very similar to other barefoot soles – which is not surprising giving the very minimalist design of both.

I also really like the heel insert for hiking – the one time I feel pain is when off-road walking the dogs and it’s always through the heel, so the insert is good.

I also think that they feel warmer than my other minimalist shoes and found that the wicking works well. The heel insert referrred to is an optional half insole which can be used when walking. Interesting idea.
Review of the Freet 4+1 shoe by Athletics Weekly

This brand combines the features of a couple of shoes to create a new model at a good-value price. The separate big toe takes design tips from the Nike Rift shoe from more than 10 years ago (perhaps as well as sandals of ancient times).

While the thin rubber outsole borrows a little from present day “five-fingered” shoes. It’s a combined concept that works well and for those used to this fit and feel the price makes them a very attractive proposition as it’s minimalist shoe with the most minimal price on test!

The shoe fits well and offers protection from the elements, which ultimately is all it’s designed to do in a shoe of this type.

I am just off out for a run now. I will be carrying my Freets with me to slip on after a couple of miles. I like them.

Enter the code FREET1 when checking out for free P&P at www.barefootrunningstore.com

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Apr 28

Barefoot Beginner – having a bit of an update

For those of you who periodically recieve updates by email, I am just about to swap provider from Mailchimp to Aweber.

It is a bit of a natural progression but it does mean that you will need to opt in by checking your email account.

or….just use the form below.

 

Apr 25

Barefoot Babies, a quick barefoot 50 miler and the new Moc3 – Pick of the barefoot posts #33

xero shoesI know it is a good week when I am deliberating over which posts to choose. I only pick 5 and sometimes it is hard. I always pick the ones that I am drawn to the most. I hope you find something of interest.

runamoc1. Post of the week goes to Alan Thwaits on his Barefoot Journey blog for his review of the new RunAmoc Moc3 from Softstar.

When I was first looking around for a pair of something minimal the original Runamoc seemed like a good choice. I have been craving a pair ever since. The new Moc3 seems made for me. I have a little money sitting in my PayPal account at the moment and it is eating away at me. I may just have to give in. I think they look perfect. I just want to make sure I get the right size. I don’t want them flapping about.

50 miles2. I loved this post from Terri Orsi on his ‘Story of a Barefoot Runner’ blog

A 50 miler (mostly) barefoot. Terri tells the story of the race so well. It is the first of his posts I have read and I have subscribed to his blog. Thea Gavin left a message with the simple word ‘Inspiring’. Thea , I agree.

‘Fortunately, Mike had seen my crew/family at two aid stations now and notified them of my blister situation. He told them that I “might need shoes.”

I don’t need no stinkin’ shoes!

Say no more. Check it out.

youtibe3. Post 3 is a quick link to a Youtube clip called Zugspitz Extrem Berglauf 2012 barfuß – barefoot run

I have not the first idea what anyone is saying but it doesn’t matter. I can hear the cowbells and the mountain scenery is beautiful. As far as barefooting goes, I am not up to this standard yet. It just shows what can be done. I think I could barefoot across the terrain but not at that speed.

Thom4. Post 4 is by Thom from ‘The Barefoot Running Vegan’ about a forced change in plans.

Thom trained barefoot for a race and then arrived to find that the surface was so challenging that there was no way that he could run it barefoot. He put his ego away and wore his Vivobarefoots. That sounds easy but it can feel like a big deal. I had a similar experience recently at the Pendine Sands race. We didn’t wear footwear but needed to change event. There will always be another race but it can leave you feeling a bit empty. Another blog i subscribed to this week.

babies5. Last a definitely not least is great post about barefoot babies from the Moving Smart blog

Imagine growing up and never really getting to know your toes. From being born, babies end up in footwear. This is a really sensible post that isn’t preachy but short, sweet and written from the heart. Socks and shoes provide support but also take away some of the responsibility off the muscles in the feet. There is nothing here that you will not have heard before but it is well said and beautifully succinct. Good job!

Wow, I feel better for that. Putting these posts together is invariable one of my favourite things to do. It makes me sit down and read, something I should do more of. Thanks to all the bloggers for brightening up my week. From one blogger to another, I salute you all.

We broke through the 200 member mark for our Barefoot Beginner facebook group today. Come and join in, we are a warm and friendly group. You will be very welcome.

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Apr 24

It is all about integrity – Feeling comfortable in my barefoot running store skin

The Friendly Barefoot StoreWell I am one week closer to the life I truly want to live and am getting some of the balance back in my life. www.barefootrunningstore.com is taking its first orders and I feel much more comfortable about it than I did a couple of weeks ago. At that time I posted about feeling awkward about selling things to people I know. It felt great to get that off my chest but then I felt worse for a couple of days. I don’t anymore. It is all about integrity. I think I just needed to be big and bold and declare ‘I am a shopkeeper!’ so that no-one thought I was trying to sell stuff in an underhand way. I’m not, I just needed to convince myself first of all.

Integrity is very important to me. I think it is the most important thing to me when I look to get involved with people. My wife, for instance has more integrity than anyone I know and it rubs off.

I have an innate need to do the right thing by people. My first job after leaving college was in sales. Doing the right thing wasn’t very far up the agenda and in the end I had to leave. It isn’t all about making a sale. I think that I can run a store with integrity and be successful. It seems obvious but saying it out loud makes me feel so much better about the whole thing. When faced with a decision, integrity needs to provide the steer each time. That will take me closer to the life I want to live. I have had the chance to stock one or two things in my store but decided not to for that very reason.

Finding a balance in a busy life is important. If I feel like I am shortchanging my family or work, then happiness won’t come my way. I have worked hard at addressing this. I introduced some strict blogging rules a little while ago and am much better for it. There have been times when I haven’t been able to write a blog post that I planned to but have needed to work, spend time with the family or sleep. The pressure to keep posting comes from me and nobody else and I have managed to let go a little and realise that it is not the end of the world.

Another couple of important little steps have been taken this week. I went out to a local farmers’ market at the weekend to investigate the logistics of running a stall selling beer. Not your average beer but local and speciality beers that are hard to find. We are working under the title of ‘The Beer Deli’. My daughter loves the idea and I am hoping that it will turn into a real family venture. We bumped into a friend who was running a stall and had a chat about how it all works. I now have the suppliers and It looks like a goer. I would happily do that for nothing because I love the buzz of the market so that must be a good sign.

Gray Caws

Gray Caws

The other step is having a regular columnist or two on Barefoot Beginner. My desire has always been to link up people asking questions with those with the knowledge. Again, integrity is everything. Gray Caws is a Chirunning coach and really good guy with a genuine interest in helping people. Lou Nicholettos is a physio and barefooter from Cornwall. She has always been very supportive and helpful when runners have needed it. Both Gray and Lou will be posting their columns every month. It moves Barefoot Beginner one step further along the path and I am delighted to have them involved. You can even book a day with Gray through my store. Who knows where it will lead.

So.. I am feeling much more comfortable in my own skin now that I have become a proper store owner and I have declared it. I will be doing all the normal things like asking people to like my facebook page, giving a few things away, running a promotion or two and asking people to sign up for my mailing list. Those are all normal things for a store owner to do. At the same time I will be blogging away and letting you know how things are going. It is an exciting old life, we only get one and I can’t sit around wasting it watching Emmerdale.

Barefoot Running Store (www.barefootrunningstore.com) now has its own facebook page. To keep up with giveaways, deals and more info just visit it and hit the like button.

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Apr 23

The key to good running form

Website_banner_1When Chris asked me to write for this site, it took me two seconds to decide on the first topic – posture. Every runner should focus on posture and correct alignment of the body to create strong, fluid, balanced movement and a natural, relaxed mid-foot landing.

At the gym today I saw an amazing feat of athleticism. Picture four ViPRs (hollow rubber tubes used for strength and movement training about 1m long) standing on end, spaced about 2m apart. A guy squats on a platform, drops off, lands and springs over each ViPR in turn. Absolutely stunning to watch – effortless, elegant movement.

The power comes from the alignment of his body combined with appropriate relaxation. There is no forced pushing or over-tense muscles. A natural ‘spring’ creates the efficient forward momentum – think sweet spot on a tennis racquet as the ball hits then fires off with minimal effort. Every part of his body is correctly aligned to create power with the least muscular effort.

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Correct vertical alignment of the body with the shoulder, hip and ankle in line creating our column. When correctly aligned the column is leaned forward from the dantien (energy centre) to help create forward momentum.

So how does this translate to running? Well, each step you take as you run is in essence the same as what this guy is doing. Your body is at optimal efficiency when aligned vertically, directionally and symmetrically as you run. During the support phase of your stride your body weight needs to be supported by your structure (bones, ligaments and tendons). If there is any misalignment (chink in the wall) such as feet splaying out, knees twisting, hips dropping, bending at the waist, chin jutting, muscles are overworked and the return force from the ground is blocked at that point creating resistance to momentum (think heel strike). Common running injuries often occur where the ‘chinks’ appear – ankle, knee, hip, lower back, shoulders. Due to the repetitive nature of running, at some point the weak link in the chain will give if your body is consistently out of alignment.

Perry (1992) describes good posture as ‘quiet standing’ and suggests that during perfect alignment the only required muscular activity is that needed to accommodate the pulsatile surge of the circulation.

Here are a couple of simple posture drills:

Wall posture

  • stand with your heels a couple of inches away from a vertical wall
  • place the small of your back, shoulders and nape of your neck against the wall
  • engage your dantien and gently try to flatten your lower back against the wall and level your pelvis (In Tai Chi the dantien is your energy centre. It is also your centre of mass and a focus for engaging the core muscles. It is located three finger widths down from the belly button and 2” in towards the spine)
  • visualise lengthening the spine up the wall
  • keep the glutes, leg muscles and shoulders relaxed, focus on the engagement of the lower core muscles

One-legged posture

Stand face on in front of a mirror balancing on one leg with knee soft (not locked out) and check your posture. If you find difficulty balancing use your trail leg the keep steady by lightly resting the ball of the foot on the floor behind you, keeping the majority of weight on the support leg.

Points to look out for:

  • foot should be pointing directly forward
  • knee should be directly over the second toe
  • hips should be horizontal
  • shoulders should be horizontal
  • arms should be dangling by the side and relaxed
  • visualise a strong central line running vertically through the body

Movement patterns are drawn towards your dominant postural position so it’s imperative to good running form that you first address your static posture. The great thing is you can practice this all the time – sitting, standing, at work, in the supermarket queue. Your body learns by repetition so the more you practice the better your posture will become and it follows that your running will become more effortless and pain free.

Gray  http://www.n8pt.com/

You can comment or ask Gray a question in our Barefoot Beginner facebook group. There are nearly 200 of us and the mood is warm and friendly. You will be made very welcome.

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Apr 21

Nadine Horn’s RunUK deferred – That swollen foot looks a nasty one!

 

I have heard from Nadine and this is her email message to those planning to meet up with her enroute. No doubt we will catch up with her when her foot gets back to its normal size.

Hi everyone,

First of all many thanks for all your amazing support to make RunUK such an amazing project !!!

It has been difficult to make the decision but at this point it seems the most sensible to defer Run UK.

Apart from the challenge to get another person on board to be part of the on-set support team, the main deciding factor is an injury. During the preparational phase, the right foot kept swelling up.

With my positive attitude and knowing how my body normally responses, I was positive that it would soon vanish (picture and videos below). It didn’t. I went to the hospital to exclude a fracture and visited experts in the barefoot scene and physiotherapy to find answers.

They were mesmerised when nothing worked to get the swelling down and it now turns out that a misalignment that most probably has been caused by a little bike accident (that I have not even considered) caused a wrong loading of the foot and hence the swelling. It took a while to discover the cause and we have been in the process of correcting it. I have started back running and like to see how the foot responses.

Rather than starting the project on good luck especially involving others, setting up a schedule and the missing support team it’s best for now to defer the project until the foot is back to normal. With no injury there is always a way to work around it, do it solo and change the logistics, in this case shifting it seems to be the better option.

I am grateful to have you all on board as part of the team and hope you are part when RunUK is taking place.

Until soon,

Nadine

Apr 20

A State of the Bunion Address, Merrell Pace Glove 2 and the best barefoot event – Pick of the posts #32

xero shoesThe blogging community seems understandably a little subdued this week. The events at Boston have been met with dignity and respect and I have felt proud to be part of the barefoot community. There has been a lot of common sense and pragtmatism alongside a determination to continue with life as normal. See you on the trail.

bunion1. My post of the week goes to Barefoot Josh and his State of the Bunion address.

I enjoyed this post simply because I had been thinking the same thing. Sales of minimalist shoes have dropped off and maybe that is because they don’t wear out. It is like making a light bulb that never goes. I sold loads of Xeros to start with and people love them. They just keep on going so now I don’t sell quite so many.

 

squirrel2. Post 2 is from jason Robillard and hisnew book ‘Never Wipe Your Ass on a Squirrel’

I was corresponding with Anna Toombs of BarefootrunningUK a little while ago and she was involved in the editing. I wish I had thought of that title.

 

trail3. According to Runners World, the ‘Best Barefoot Event ‘ is……

…in Maine. Now I don’t know about that but I reckon it sounds pretty darn good. My favourite so far has been the Scottish Barefoot Run in Edinburgh and I am looking forward to going up there again in September. So..what do you think? What is your favourite?

 

junkie4. Does Barefoot Running Lead to a Higher Arch of the Foot? Good question from ‘Running Research Junkie’

 I am not a big reader of research but I enjoyed this one. I got an excited message from a barefooter recently who was sitting marvelling over arches she didn’t used to have. Interesting and different than I thought.

 

glove5. Last post of the week is a review of the Marrell Pace Glove 2 from ‘Run Faster Mummy’

The original Pace Gloves from Merrell were my second pair of minimalist shoes and I have to say that I didn’t really get on with them and passed them on to a friend. He likes them and was running in them tonight. they are so well built. Good review.

If you would like to comment then you can on our Facebook page here. It is a pretty new page so join in and get the ball rolling.

 

 

Apr 17

A barefoot runstreak – Really? Am I asking for trouble?

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A barefoot runstreak – what on earth am I playing at. Am I looking for trouble or what?

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Ron Hill

I have been tipping towards a runstreak for a while. I have always been fascinated by Ron Hill. I like the fact that he had the bottle to set up his own company and put his name on it. I loved the fact that I could wear a pair of Ron Hill Tracksters and run alongside him in local races. I was delighted to see that he is one of the runners featured in Ken Bob’s barefoot running book.

But…the biggest draw of all is Ron’s 50 year runstreak. (oh and the fact that my dad swears that Ron has a pint of Guiness the night before a race).

I have run a couple of times recently with Stephen Fowler. He is well into a runstreak and sitting chatting to him at the end of the Pendine Sands race nudged me closer again. Reading Ken Skier’s posts nudges me further.

I needed to know a few rules: For me the main thing was distance. It seems that to qualify as a run it needs to be at least a mile.

So I needed to make up my own variation:

  • I will run a least one barefoot mile every day.

Sometimes the best challenges are the most simple.

Why on earth do it?

I don’t know – I am just drawn to it. I want to see whether I can do it. Helen Hall’s motto is: ‘If you think you can do it – you probably can’. It is going to be interesting to find out.

I am interested in the effect it has on my feet. A mile a day isn’t huge. I will of course be running further than that on other days but it seems like a good way of getting my feet accustomed to the ground.

I have now completed my first week and am feeling good. Day 2 was a shock to my system and day 3 an even bigger shock. I am a 3 times a week runner and never run 2 days on the trot usually. My feet felt ragged and although I didn’t have any blisters it felt like I was losing old skin. That has gone away and this morning my feet feel fine.

My lower leg has always been the issue. I had some stiffness and discomfort above my left ankle. It didn’t feel dangerous but it was new. That has gone away too.

I ran this morning and the road felt so smooth, It was lovely. Even the horrid section felt fine. When I hit the rough stuff, it was just different and I felt better for the change.

I am not getting carried away, it is only a week but it something I have never done before and I can’t see a reason for stopping at the moment.

The best thing is the routine. I no longer even think about it. I am just running in the morning. I get up, get changed, have a brew and then run. Easy. I am full of a cold this morning and in the past that may have been an excuse not to run. There wasn’t even a slight note of dissent from my body. It knew I was going out – end of story.

I have joined a new facebook group 120 days of consecutive running. Good group. and I followed a few group members over to Daily Mile where I am logging each of my runs. I didn’t think I would like it but I do.

I am looking forward to tomorrow. I am out for a 5 miler in the evening with a friend. We are on some pretty rough trails but I know that without question I will be running at least a mile barefoot.

100 consecutive days will take me to the last day of the school year as we break up for the summer. It would be great to get there.

You can comment below or in our Barefoot Beginner group. We have had quite few new members in the past week. That is great, come on over and join in the chat.

 

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Apr 16

The Rumspringa Half Marathon in Adamstown – Barefoot review by Lara Rosenberger

The Friendly Barefoot StoreFrom Lara Rosenberger:

 

The Rumspringa Half Marathon in Adamstown, PA would be a BB (blue – moderate). But it was fun!!! Lots of friendly people and festivities. Free beer at the end and the age group awards are unique. They even give prizes for dressing in German costume (leiderhosen or drindle)…and yes I did get a prize.

Thanks Lara: Visit our page for more barefoot race reviews

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