Hi. (Yes, this might be a long introduction, but I suppose that you just don't stumble across barefootrunning). My name is Thomas, I'm from Denmark, and as many others on this forum, I have also decided to go barefoot I have always been a very active person, competing and participating in several kinds of sports - and I have as well, spent a lot of time running, simply because I enjoy it. However, for the past year, I have been through a lot of trouble with both shinsplints, and jumpers knee. Until recently, I had never really given neither my running technique or my footwear ANY consideration - it was simply how it was, and how it always has been. Since january, I've spent a lot of time on boxing - which has been great, as it hasnt put as much stress onto my knees and shins, as running would do - so even though I havnt been running that much for the past year, I've still stayed in shape. Anyway, it then became summer, and about a month ago, I simply couldn't restrain myself. I set out, running 21 km on my first day back on the road - maybe not the smartest move, but I like to push my limits - and until that day, the farthest I had ever run, was propably no more than 11 km. Everything went well though, but I knew that it wouldnt last, if I kept on going like that. I decided to get myself some new running shoes - some that would encourage minimalist running. Somehow I ended up buying the Nike Free 5.0. I went for a run - a great run! By switching to these, with remarkabely less sole and cushioning than my old shoes, I felt an enormous change in my running style. But, after a couple of weeks, my neverending shin and knee problems returned - I had propably pushed it to far, but I refused to believe, that this had to be such a gigantic issue. After some research, I became aware, that barefoot running was the way to go - just by doing the 100-up excercise, I knew it was the right thing. Which brings me to two days ago - my first barefoot run. Starting out was amazing, just incredible! I could feel that my legs werent stressed by my movements at all, and I knew that I could keep on going like it for hours! Ofcourse, my feet did not agree, after 5 minutes, I had already ripped the skin of the balls of my feet, and my left little toe, had become one large wound - defeated, I turned around, but this has only left me more excited for my next run. Since I've barely been able to walk, I've spent the past couple of days reviewing my technique, to figure out what had gone wrong (apart from my delicate feet). I'm pretty sure, that I'm now on the right track, and that I now know, exactly how I should approach my next run - which leaves me extremely excited, almost ecstatic, to get going again. Barefootrunning will without a doubt, become a huge factor in my life, and hopefully tomorrow, my feet will be ready to go again.