SENSIBLE question on minimal shoes - NO TROLLS PLEASE!

I really just one to ask one question without starting a flame war

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16/03/2013 at 22:30

I've recently change to a lighter shoe, mizunu wave mush4. It feels nice running in it as it weighs less! But it puts a lot more strain on my feet, calves and knees. I've had to cut back a little.

As for running bare foot I run up and down the street late at night so not too many people think I'm completely nuts. I also try to run on the roughest surface, not smooth tarmac as this will stop me doing too much as it hurts. Hopefully this will improve my running form and strenghen my feet, if not I quite enjoy imagining it does so will continue.

16/03/2013 at 22:50

I can't see dog shit in the dark, can you?

16/03/2013 at 22:52

Mizunu, a good shoe, Asics and New balance... so long as you replce sooner.

17/03/2013 at 00:48
DiscountRunner wrote (see)

QUESTION: Am i going to benefit from this at all?  Is there any other advantage to minimal shoes other than injury-prevention?  Is it more fun, or faster, or better for the environment?

And please don't turn this into another thread like the last one.   Thanks!

By slipping in a statemetn that minimalist shoes are good for injury prevention, it looks like the troll on the other thread actually succeeded with spreading propaganda.

Or was this not such an innocent question after all?

17/03/2013 at 04:08

Chi running +1

17/03/2013 at 09:28

Run Wales, you are unbelievably cynical!   The propganda on that other thread didn't work (mainly because he was being an ass!) and I don't know if they are actually any good for injury prevention, it's just that I have never heard anyone give any other benefits/reasons to go this route.  I don't have injuries, so is there any reason for me to try this, other than curiosity of the latest thing?

I am an innocent, honest!

17/03/2013 at 09:36

I am not sure why you would say -injury prevention - as a reason for going to minimalist shoes.  Surely it is the change in running form that helps with injury prevention and the minimalist shoes are just because they help you to feel your foot landing better.


I do chi running in a whole host of shoes - technique is the same - it's just easier to feel what you are doing in minimal shoes.

17/03/2013 at 09:49

Okay, you are right - it's the running style change we are talking about.  I just wonder about the "if it aint broke..." philosophy - am I looking for a change I don't need.  I will def look into this chi-running.


17/03/2013 at 13:59
Avoid chi running.

Before you know it you'll be brainwashed and working 7 days a week in Run & Become.
17/03/2013 at 14:08

Sorry DiscountRunner...  couldn't resist!

I honestly think (from reading only) that some are very susceptible to injury with minimalist running.  Probably a majority. But for some people, minimalist does reduce their injuries. 

On top of the injury prevention for those people, I think a lot of people like the lightweight feel of them.

17/03/2013 at 14:54

As for the dog mess and glass I walk up the street in day light regularly and it's pretty clean. And it has street lights which the city council haven't got round to turning offf yet.

On the subject of injury prevention my comment suggested the opposite with regards to lighter shoes causing strains in feet calves and knees, this would be more so if I ran the same distance in thin rubber toe shoes. In the book I have on barefoot running it says some shops want people to sign disclaimers when buying these 'shoes'.

My bare foot running consists of 10 mins at the most of slow running with a little walking.

I've decided to buy some thicker soled shoes so I can continue preparing for a marathon in may. I'll still run in the mizunu once a week to start and do a couple of barefoot 10min jogs a week. 

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