Hello from Oxfordshire, UK

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ginger Ninja, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. Ginger Ninja Barefooters

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    Hi,

    I'm a newcomer to barefoot running and running in general. I could never get into running in the past, I would always end up with sore knees and or back.
    I had an unsuccessful foray into minimalist running with five fingers and few months ago, I actually found them more restrictive to my toes than a normal pair of shoes.

    I have been wearing other minimalist shoes out and about since then and I have always gone barefoot at home and have noticed my posture has improved and my back pain has dissipated.

    I finally pushed myself into trying barefoot running after watching a documentary on the BBC about the human foot and I have now successfully completed three 1 milers in the past week. I am obviously still working on my form and accustoming my feet but I was completely sold on it during the last few hundred metres of my second run, when I just felt like I was gliding along the road. I think that was the first time I've experience the joy of running since I was a little kid.

    I look forward to getting involved in the forum,

    Chris
  2. Barefoot TJ Administrator
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    Welcome, Ninja!

    Continue with the skin-to-ground (STG) running, so you won't get tainted with a sole interfering with your feedback. You will do better this way.

    If you do have to go for minshoes, try some huaraches, since the FiveFingers mess with your toes.

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  3. happysongbird Chapter Presidents
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    When I'm running and people ask why I'm doing it bare footed, I always start my answer with "it's more fun!" Welcome!

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  4. Phil Hart Barefooters
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    Welcome, Chris. Sounds like a great start, just keep your transition slow and steady to avoid injury. Glad to have you with us!

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  5. Frank - Run for life Barefooters
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    Welcome Chris,

    Yes this is a great forum, lots of great people, articles & advice. Im still a novice also but as you say when it all come together its like running on air.

    Good luck

    Frank
  6. JosephTree Barefooters
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    Welcome Chris. I seems like the UK chapters are doing quite well.

    I like BF running because, when done right, it's really easy to sneak up on people.

    Have fun and take your time! It took me a couple years to feel like my feet and legs were truly developed and ready for nearly anything I cared to run. Enjoy the process and you will do just fine.

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  7. Ginger Ninja Barefooters

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    Thanks for the welcome guys.

    I'm trying to keep the STG runs up but have only managed a few more since my last post due to cold weather and rain.

    I feel like trying to exclusively go barefoot in this weather is holding my running back as I have no desire to return to standard running shoes so end up not running much,

    I'm going to buy a pair of sockwas that will hopefully tide me over till the weather improves, but will try and keep there use to a minimum.

    I am definitely sold on STG running though, so far no problems and the sensation is incredible.

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