Hello Everyone, Thought I would introduce myself. My names Ryan Schmidt, and I live in Saskatoon Saskatchewan. When I re-introduced myself to running two years ago I started with regular running shoes and immediately started at a physical therapist with the intent of going barefoot. Ironically enough I developed horrible hip and knee pain from healstriking in my running shoes and was given poor advice from my physical therapist to continue slowly transitioning continuing to use regular shoes and not drop them and build up. Without having found Ken Bob's book yet or having any barefoot resources in Saskatoon, I trusted my PT who is endorsed by a shoe shop and went for NB Minimus shoes over actual barefoot. As I completely dropped regular running shoes going completely "minimal" running forefoot striking 6 month ago I have been injury after injury after injury grinding my running progress to terrible halts. As I read Ken Bob's book and started to find online resources, I realized I had randomly taken in some bad advice. I had read that you should NEVER let your heal touch the ground, ONLY running on the balls of your feet and pawing and digging yourself forward. I even had my PT do a video analysis of my running and was told I was forefoot striking under my body and had great alignment. I am suspecting now that he hasn't read all the latest info on how to barefoot run properly, because he missed me not letting my heal land and drastically overloading my foot and calf. Unfortunately I have also done ALL of my running to date on a treadmill. When I finally kicked off the shoes and started my run, within 20 minutes I had learned two lessons: 1. No matter how minimal shoes are, they will NEVER feel the same as bare feet. 2. Treadmills suck, causing heat and friction on your poor feet. Only 1/3rd through my run my feet were burning and blistering bad and I was forced to toss the shoes on, but even then it was too late. So the goal now is to SLOWLY introduce my feet to true barefoot running on the treadmill for the winter while I continue to use minimal shoes to keep my cardio up. Then once I am completely cut over, I plan on doing a 3D gate analysis at my PT office to see how to correct some form issues. To wrap up this very long introduction post, a few questions for anyone who managed to power through that: 1. Does anyone know of barefoot trainers or resources in the Saskatoon area? 2. What do the other frozen tundra folk do once the long winter hits? Treadmill (barefoot or shoed), track, or outdoor and if so what is your choice of shoe?