Barefoot Runners Society
The Germany/Austria/Marburg Barefoot Running Group
The Marburg barefoot running group was started on 1st April, 2014.
We are running on a weekly basis, every Tuesday evening, except the Winter months (Dec. - Jan. - Feb.).
Our routes are normally between 5 and 8 km long, more or less flat and have barefoot-friendly surfaces (mostly smooth asphalt and concrete). Participation is free of charge.
The rule is that every participant should run at least a small portion of the way (say 1 km) skin-to-ground. Interestingly, it turns out that many barefoot newbies are able to run more than half of the way s2g! Most of us carry our shoes with us in green light backpacks which were provided to us by a large German health insurance company.
Yesterday we were ten runners (five female, five male) which was more than ever before. Weather was great for barefoot...
Congratulations to all members of the Barefoot Runners Society - UK team for finishing in joint 9th place out of 297 teams (of 6 to 10 members.)
I don't know about anyone else, but Jantastic always gives me a great incentive to get out and run in the cold Winter months.
See you again next year!
Preventing and Healing Stress Fractures & Stress Reactions
By The Sock Doc
A stress fracture occurs when there is an overload of stress in a bone because of poor biomechanics and sometimes accompanying nutritional imbalances. Poor biomechanics occur due to muscle imbalances that are a result of mechanical and nutritional problems. Improper footwear is a very common mechanical factor resulting in muscle imbalances and subsequently a stress fracture. Those who wear footwear that is designed to absorb shock and control motion can be setting themselves up for a stress fracture as major muscles that help disperse and absorb shock naturally will no longer be working correctly....
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