Quiz the leading barefoot coach about minimalist running
Tomorrow lunchtime (1-2pm) we're joined by Lee Saxby who'll be answering your questions about barefoot running - how to start, which footwear to buy, the pros and cons and whether it’s right for you.
Lee Saxby has been a leading light in barefoot running coaching for 20 years, and works closely with minimal shoe brand VIVOBAREFOOT. He was described as 'the world’s best running coach' by Christopher McDougall, author of the barefoot running bible Born to Run. Lee has recently released a new eBook, called PROPRIOCEPTION: Making Sense Of Barefoot Running.
We're opening the discussion now Lee so can get answering your questions at 1pm (rather than having to deal with a rush of questions at once).
Hi! My question is general, and simply repeats the thread title: 'Should I run barefoot?' Or to put it another way, is it a good idea to change what is a runner's "natural" way of running if they happen to heel strike?
My background is that I always used to get shin splints, but made a double change this year, both moving from neutral shoes to slight stability ones - to correct a collapsing arch - and switching from what I presumed was heel striking to mid/forefoot striking.
I say 'presumed' because I'd never considered how I ran, until doing gait analysis down a running shop and chatting to the staff. So I researched a bit and found Ken Mierke's stuff on evolution running, and gradually emulated that.
Everything was excellent (faster, no shin splints, no muscle aches, etc, etc) for over 3 months and then a calf 'went', and a more experienced runner kind of scolded me for switching from heel striking, saying that that is 'my' normal running form and I should stick with it rather than changing. So I'm confused. My instinct is to persevere with a mid/forefoot high cadence technique (which has felt really great for me until the injury) and maybe consider minimalist shoes rather than sticking with stability ones.
Any thoughts on this?
BTW, I watched that Youtube vid that ChopperUK posted above - looks like I have made corrections which also emulate your techniques, except for looking at general posture - and yes, I am a 'sit at a computer for 12 hours a day' person! Guilty.
Since changing to evo's in March I started to get quite a lot of top of the foot pain in my right foot, so my so that it really ached just to walk. I switched back to neutral running shoes and the pain subsided. I was really frustrated about this as I eased into it slowly, small mileage, gradual increase etc. Now I'm too afraid to go back to it.
I've heard top of the pain is quite normal for barefoot running is this right?
it seems there's been a bit of an explosion in the number of minimalist shoes over the last 12 months or so. Any recommendations for shoes suitable for a marathon? I've used New Balance RC600s in the past, but I'm thinking that something more minimalist (New Balance RC130 for example) might make my feet too sore over the marathon distance.
have been thinking about minimilst/bare foot running for a fair time now, however, I suffer from metatarsalgia (ball of foot pain) which comes on at around 10-12 miles making running painful. I have tried £150 orthortics/ insoles/ different "support shoes" all of which make no difference. Can minimilist/bare foot running alleviate this condition? or would it in fact make it worse?
I over trained in Jan and wound up with Plantar Fasciitis in BOTH feet! Has been the worst 6 months cos I had to pull out of the Brighton marathon and give up running. After seeing multiple docs/physios and trawling the web for help, I was still failing to recover. I was fed up up of wobbling around on orthotics and not getting any better. In a moment of madness I forked out on a pair of Merrell Barefoot Trail Gloves (sorry they aren't VIVOBAREFOOT Lee...I apologise!).
Anyway, to cut a long story short, wearing these all day long, combined with foot strengthening exercises has left me PF free. I've also started running again and cranked my barefoot runs to a mile with no pain. My doc couldn't believe that I'd ditched the orothotics and self cured myself by such irregular methods. Have you guys had any similar tales of recovery? Are there plans to investigate the healing properties of running barefoot with docs and physios? It seems alot of them aren't too clued up on it at the mo!
Keep on running!
Without checking whether this question has already asked as I'm in a rush...
How can I continue barefoot running in the winter? I have a pair of Vibrams (sprint) and I've been slowly building mileage running in those.
How do I continue when the cold, ice and snow hits us? First of all, my feet are always cold. I cant see that I can continue wearing vibrams very late in the summer as it is. I have toe socks to put on but they simply just don't go with Vibrams. Makes it uncomfortable. and too tight. Are there winter versions of Vibrams? Also, I have a pair of NIKE free + but I dont find them comfortable running in after vibrams, I use them for everyday walking more.
What options do I have? I dont want to abandon barefoot running for winter and then start again next year. Seems pointless.
I have flat feet and rather dodgy achilles' caused by tight calfs. I am encouraged by Nick's comments above and am keen to give barefoot a go but am worried that the with my feet and achilles it may not be a good idea. Should I be concerned?
There is so much about barefoot running at the moment................why are all the shoes being advertised so expensive...........why not just encourage everyone to run without any shoes if barefoot is the most natural way to run......
It just seems to be another way to sell very expensive shoes.............or are there cheap shoes like the old black gym pumps ok..........
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