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vivobarefoot neo.

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 18:53

the photo looks like a model I bought a couple of months ago from start fitness for £40 so could be genuine.  

Barefoot Running Thread

Posted: 06/03/2012 at 13:37

I've made several pairs of Huaraches, Vibram 4mm cherry material makes a brilliant feeling sole, thicker can be nicer on rougher ground.

For me getting the ties right was the hard bit, lots of experiments with different methods to find what suited me, think the practice and experimentation helped. I found latigo leather more comfortable than the round shoe laces Invisible shoes use, for the latigo laces I made a leather pad (see avatar) to go under the knot as was breaking the skin on runs above 5-6 miles. Since then have tried Barefoot Ted's elasticated leather laces and they are my favourite now, giving the most comfortable secure fit, check out the luna sandals website.

Sqeakz - nice quote, I agree, in proper barefoot intervals dont even notice small stones when form is good, when its not so good feel the tiniest piece of grit

Wet Shoes

Posted: 13/02/2012 at 15:18

Dehumidifier probably the best way, though a bit pricey just to dry shoes

No heat from the dehumidifier so no damage and dries way quicker than newspapers etc, probably in a couple of hours when the dry air is aimed at hanging trainers

Knee advice for a newbie!

Posted: 10/02/2012 at 10:24

excellent book on treating your own trigger points 

Improving form can stop the problems occurring in the first place but maybe best left until after the marathon with only 12 weeks to go.

Books about running

Posted: 23/11/2011 at 18:54
Better training for distance runners by Peter Coe is very good on constructing an elite type training plan and has lots of technical physiology stuff at the beginning that can be skipped if too dry.

Feet in the clouds & born to run are more fun reads I loved.

Heel strike?

Posted: 23/11/2011 at 18:19
If I remember the details right, pronation is the lateral roll of the foot while moving from heel to ball of foot, forefoot runners can't overpronate by definition. Get neutral shoes you like the feel of, you can probably go pretty minimal if you wanted.

The more expensive shoe the better...

Posted: 13/05/2011 at 12:19

Published research shows a correlation between expensive shoes and injury, runners with more expensive shoes have MORE injuries. 

Injured runners being willing to invest more in the hope of injury prevention probably skews the data, in the past I tried that approach and it didnt work for me. 

Depending on the flaws in your running action the jacked up wedge heel on most cushiony trainers can amplify the damage your doing rather than protecting,  I now run in very flat minimal shoes , including the homemade sandals in profile pic.

Running on a smooth hard surface in minimal shoes is beyond comfortable its absolutey joyful  (working on form helps)

Running Gait

Posted: 13/05/2011 at 11:58

The circling of feet probably isnt optimal for efficiency but not such a big deal damage wise, landing with a bent knee and your foot directly under your centre of gravity is much more important to avoiding injury.

if your looking for form change I'd recommend coaching ASAP saves a lot of time and pain, I tried learning Pose method running from the Book and DVD but was way out in my perception of what I was actually doing, coaching helped a lot. Checkout Pose or Chi running.

Garmin Forerunner 50

Posted: 13/05/2011 at 11:35

had an FR50 now have the 310xt, agree with previous posts, some extra points 

on the FR50 you have to replace batteries contrasted with the 305/310/405 rechargeable units, adds a bit to the cost of using the FR50 long term closing the gap

memory much smaller on the FR50 I managed to fill it a few times, especially doing intervals

on the FR50 you dont have to wait 10secs to a minute to acquire satelites

Heart rate advice

Posted: 28/04/2011 at 22:38

I like the Parker book an excellent starting point for heart rate training.

Another heart rate based approach is HADD that some very good runners swear by, its based on advice originally on an internet site, a PDF of the basics can be found here and all over the internet.  Hadd is stricter on HR using % of max rather than % of working heart rate (parker) but has said keep running rather than walk until you can keep that low running.

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