by Barefoot TJ at 1:51 PM
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Prevent Lower Extremity Injuries in Runners
By Dr. Emily Splichal

Did you know that on average 70% of runners experience an overuse injury as a result of uncontrolled ground reaction forces? (Hreljac 2004)

From weight loss to cardiovascular conditioning, running is one of the most common forms of exercise. Research in running shoe technology has made companies such as Nike and Reebok, leaders in this million-dollar industry. Despite the millions of dollars spent on advancing shoe design, there is still a high rate of lower extremity injuries among runners. With the high rate of running-related injuries there has been a recent trend in runners kicking off their $150 sneakers and opting to run barefoot....
by Barefoot TJ at 10:31 PM
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Thanks for a wonderful barefoot running season!
By Fatty

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to thank everyone in this online community for their contributions to the forum. I started reading about the VFFs and the "natural" running style back in January of this year (2012) where I was starting to plan ahead for some physical activities. I got in on a Tough Mudder set for Sept 8th and a local marathon for Sept 23. I had always done the Nike brand when I was in high school and the Marine Corps and liked the idea and added challenge of running more natural. It took me 2.5 months to change over to the VFF Bikila model at which point I was weighing in at 238 lbs.

From January to June I was already sold on the natural/forefoot style vs heel toe in the traditional running shoes. I tried running in my former pair of shoes and the feeling wasn't any where...
by Barefoot TJ at 10:11 PM
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A Barefoot Trail Race Report:
“Doesn’t It Hurt?”
By Thea Gavin

I wrote the “race report” below the day after the Renegade Racing Summer Trail Series Race at Peters Canyon Regional Park in Orange, CA, on July 12, 2012. I didn’t bring my camera that day, so all I’ve got is a bunch of words to try to show how much fun it was to run, all out, five miles on the trails, barefoot.

Barefoot and juggling umbrella, checkbook, and water bottle, I slippy-stepped my way to the late registration table.

An hour earlier, the weird-for-Orange-County July afternoon overcast had begun to drip, which decided matters for me: perfect trail running conditions.

So I found myself at 5 p.m. on July 12 at the Renegade Racing Summer Trail...
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by Barefoot TJ at 4:57 PM
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Forest Park Marathon
By John "stjohnthegambler" Yohe

This is never going to happen again in my life probably, but I am actually walking from my door, two blocks to a marathon. This is the advantage of living near the Forest Park Conservancy, in northwest Portland. I’ve already been running miles and miles on its trails, but when I saw the sign for this marathon, I couldn’t resist, even with the perhaps steep price of $150, since I’ll be saving money on not having to drive, and all proceeds go to supporting the Park, which I’d want to do anyways. Plus, in a raffle before the race, I actually won a $150 gift certificate to a running store! Another thing that will never happen in my life again.

I still somehow have to get up at five in the morning though, but ok. After forcing down a bagel and peanut butter, I grab my stuff and simply walk over to Montgomery...