I'm doing my dissertation on Barefoot running and wondered if there are many UK runners out there who go barefoot or wear minimalist footwear like Vibrams?
And are there any UK races where you'd be likely to find a good number of you?
Any replies would be greatly appreciated
there was a 5k (I think) barefoot race in Stanmer Park, Brighton this summer, not sure how many took part but google should help
usually one barefoot and one vibram wearer at Brighton and Hove parkrun
not much help if you live in Carlisle though
I do a few laps of my local park in my socks, not sure that counts
I've just started doing barefoot sessions at my local track. I'm trying to do at least 1 session / week and have covered up to 5k on a visit.
I am quite pleased with things so far. I got a little bit of doms in my calves after my first session but no other aches or pains since then. My pace for perceived effort seems much faster than when wearing shoes but I don't know whether this is because I'm on the track, or because my focus is different. I'm contemplating using gaffer tape to fix my footpod to the top of my foot so that I can look at any changes in cadence.
It's hard to get to the track more than once a week and so far I've been road running as a warm up and to get there so I haven't been as scientific as perhaps I should. I have also struggled to find any minimalist shoes in my size and am reluctant to buy online. I work away a lot and my next step will be to find a track or grass field to use for barefoot running when I'm away. If anyone can recommend a venue in Aberdeen I'd be grateful.
Thank you very much, this is all very useful and I have to say i'm being won over by BFR I may consider making the switch once my new trainers have done their time.
Another minimal shoe, VFF and occassional barefoot runner here
Working my way up to longer distances and so far it's suiting me better than cushioned stability shoes.
I've run barefoot on and off for a couple of years.
If you can be a little more specific I might be able to help you; I have quite a lot of data from our barefoot running survey. Feel free to message me.
Hi Helen, I have a left knee cartilage injury, and as such have been forefoot running for a while. But it wasn't until I recently bought a pair of Inov8 Evoskins that I got a bit closer to the tarmac!They are a bit strange to look at, weider than VFFs, but the idea is the same, each toe has its own box, and there is a small strap going over the top of the foot. Other than that its just a thin layer of silicon between you and the ground.I have not suffered any pain by running forefoot, despite various doctors saying that I should give it all up and try something else (which I did for a year - cycled from JoG to LE !!).
So if you need any further info I'm happy to supply you with it. Today I did my longest run in the Evo's - 4.5m. I'd been previously building up with some racing flats and got to 5m before I bought the Evo's and I've been slowly building up the mileage with them.
Hope all goes well!Steve
One thing is certain, all the big name brands are now producing minimalist shoes to cater for the new "craze", and the "innovators", were already charging the earth for selling you less shoe!
It's a bit people who pay to lose weight (ie weight watchers etc) paying out money to lose weight when all you had to do was spend less on food! Mental.
You can buy a pair of flat soled running shoes for under £20 that in essence seem no different to to the £85+ "bare foot" shoes...
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