Greetings. I first heard about this when I picked up a flyer after running the Beckley 10k for the first time last year. It really appealed to me, so have entered. Anyone else signing up for all three races?
Hi everyone. Am very keen to do barefoot running but know that it does take time as we are not used to it in this country, unlike, say, African peoples and tribes who have been running barefoot since birth, practically. I have tried it and suffered accordingly (Lol), and realise that starting out slowly, one mile distance to begin with, will pay dividends. I have found that landing on the forefoot and letting the heel land gently just prior to lifting off again works well and I have no back pain as a result, like I did before when heel striking. One mile at a time until your body tells you to attempt say, 2 miles, and so on, but very very gradually. I am currently using cushioned shoes but will revert to minimalist shoes soon to help my legs gradually get used to less padding. Am not sure about Vibrams yet - any comments anyone about these? Forefoot striking feels quite natural now, having seemed a bit foreign before, but that was because I wasn't used to it. At least I dont have to see the chiropractor about my back these days!!