Making to transition to a minimlist shoe

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02/08/2012 at 08:44

At the moment I'm running in some Saucony Phoenix 4's. I've been looking at either Nike Free Run 3's or Nike Free 3.00 V3. Am i right in thnking The Free Run's will have a bit more support and therefore might be a better shoe to make the transition with?

Many Thanks

02/08/2012 at 10:36

I'm looking into the whole barefoot thing myself.  I would advise boning up on barefoot running before attempting it as just changing shoes seems to be regarded as a mistake.  If you still need support/ cushioning, it means you are not running using the barefoot method.

As a more direct answer to your question though, you don't need support if you run barefoot.  Less shoe = better.

Edited: 02/08/2012 at 10:38
02/08/2012 at 14:37

If your happy with Saucony, then the Kinvara seems to get rave reviews.  I haven't taken the plunge yet, but am very tempted!

02/08/2012 at 16:25

Rather than transition using progressively less cushioned shoes (which in my opinion just confuses things) you are better off getting some truly barefoot shoes (i.e zero drop) and transitioning using progressively longer runs in them, using your normal shoes inbetween. Merrell do a a barefoot training guide (it might seem a bit simple to start with but the foot strengthening exercises are not a bad idea) over about 40 days, starting from scratch and finishing with runs of 15 mins.

http://www.merrell.com/~Uploaded/Assets/MERR/Files/Merrell_BarefootTrainingPlan.pdf

even if you don't follow it exactly it may give you some idea of how slowly to make the change.

02/08/2012 at 16:31

max's mum, thanks for posting that linkim going to get merrells soon , i currently wear nike and i have saucony peregrines for trail which are 4mm.

02/08/2012 at 16:40

I have the merrell pace glove, i think they are great! i wear them off road mainly as i prefer running off road, but they work just as well on road.

05/08/2012 at 09:41

I made the change about 9 months ago. Have had a few niggly injuries along the way but think I'm about there now! Used to run in 2150's, now wear Brooks Green Silence which are 1) awesome 2) light 3) colourful! 4) heavily discounted and comfy! I have now just got some NB MT110 for trails which are good too. Good luck 

05/08/2012 at 09:44

Runboy- so how does minimal running compare?  

05/08/2012 at 18:28

really glad I have done it, legs feel much less beaten up afterwards. I have tried heelstriking again and it just feels horrid! My heel still lightly touches the ground after the midfoot but no load goes through it and it feels much more natural

07/08/2012 at 14:32

At the moment, are you heel-striking or landing midfoot or forefoot? If it is the former, you will benefit from learning some natural running techniques, and possibly the use of a transitional shoe such as the Newton Sir Issac. If you already run midfoot, you should be able to transition to a minimalist shoe without too much trouble, but you will need to ensure that you stretch your calves and achilles before and after running, as the lower heel on the shoes will increase the maximum extension of these muscles as you load your rearfoot.


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