Jun
09
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by dirtdemon77 at 6:39 AM
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Why I Do Not Stretch Before Running
By NakedSoleNate

Before I go into my diatribe against pre-run stretching, it will be helpful to understand some major reasons and purposes of a stretching routine. Many fitness and health-care professionals recognize at least five reasons stretching is advisable as part of any wellness program. Anyone can find these reasons with a quick web-search. I will focus on two.

The first reason you want to incorporate stretching into your routine is that it actually helps to build strength, not just flexibility. Flexibility (range of motion) combined with greater muscular strength, aides in an increase in performance and a decrease of injury. The second reason is that stretching increases circulation, allowing the natural healing process of the body to become more efficient. Because, let’s face it, as barefoot runners—athletes who like to push the envelope of convention and the limits of our physical capacities—we need all the efficient...
Jun
07
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by BFWendyBird at 7:45 PM
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View the race courtesy of JamieoftheNorth on YouTube.

Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival Barefoot 5K
A Barefoot Runner's Paradise
By Preston Curtis

The inaugural Pineland Farms Trail Running Festival Barefoot 5K was a barefoot runners paradise. It was a really good barefoot showing with 34 barefoot runners in one race. There were two divisions: Barefoot and Shod. Participants in the Barefoot Division could not wear anything on their feet.Participants in the Shod Division were permitted to wear minimalistic footwear including Vibram Five Fingers, water/aqua shoes, and huraches. No running shoes, racing flats, track or xc spikes, or sports sandals were allowed. The"Barefoot Division" consisted of 34 runners, while the "Shod Division" included 26 minimalist runners. Quite impressive was the top 3 finishers of the "Barefoot Division" had fastertimes than the "Shod Division." The 5K course was managable by new barefoot runners who did quite well showing...
May
27
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by dirtdemon77 at 9:17 PM
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Pitfalls of Transitioning from Shod to Barefoot:
A Newbie’s Perspective
By Barefoot Terry

When a runner becomes aware of the concept of barefoot running and decides to make the switch, they should be aware that the decision is likely the easiest part.In reviewing various barefoot running forums, one will find listings of problems encountered by newbie barefoot runners.How is this possible?Isn’t barefoot running “better” than running shod?Why am I getting injured?These are a few of the questions one might ask.

Choosing to run barefoot involves a new look at how you run.A runner needs to evaluate the strength of their feet, their form, and their cadence.Unfortunately, many people, myself included, cannot simply switch to barefooting without truly taking the time to transition.

Minimalist or Barefoot?
One question many runners have making the switch is whether to go with a minimalist shoe or true barefoot. Many runners on barefoot running forums state...
May
25
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by Barefoot Larry at 9:50 PM
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Member Blog Post of the Week -

Glass? What Glass?
By BFWendyBird
“There's nothing neither good nor bad,
but thinking makes it so.”
~William Shakespeare

One of the first things a barefoot runner is asked by any shod runner they encounter is, “What about glass!?!”I admit, I was a bit worried about this myself when I decided to try barefoot running.In my first weeks of walking, I managed to pick up a tiny crumb of glass up near my toes.No big deal, my dad picked it out for me (yep, 40 years old with my foot in dad’s hands to have my boo-boo fixed, LOL).He gave me a raised eyebrow, “Are you sure this is a good idea?” look, but didn’t say much else.The next month, when I had kicked it up a notch and was running, I picked up another crumb of glass.Keep in mind, on both occasions it wasn’t a big enough piece to stop the run, and I definitely wasn’t bleeding.I was beginning to think this would be a monthly occurrence...