Barefoot runners make local news!!!

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  1. Chaserwilliams

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    Wish we could read the whole write up. Not bad from what they showed.
     
  3. PatrickGSR94

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    Full article (I think, or more of it):

    http://www.beaumontenterprise.mobi/...il.htm?contentguid=imo4kGYr&full=true#display

    As usual, it has the typical stuff like:

     
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    Nice, Celebrity Chaser.
    Same old arguments from the shod runners and doctors. How many times have I heard "
    (Running shoes) always have an arch in them for a reason - runners need that support."
    Is William Fermo a member here?
     
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    Patrick, I read all of that but at the bottom it says to read the full article in the print version. Wish we could see that version is all.
     
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    Chase, did you say something about being interviewed on the Ultra list? Is the journalist the same fool that is going to run a 5k (i.e. injury himself) tomorrow after a day or two of barefoot running. Wait did that conversation happen here? I've got to get a nap in!
     
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    Were you in that picture? From what I understood, you are bald and look a little mentally challanged.;)
     

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    :) :p:)
     
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    Ha we are famous! I love the horse feces and dead possum part that they put in the article. I told the reporter how badass you. He was going to run the 5k barefoot but decided to ran a 3.5 miler with us beforehand and ended up hurting his heel and getting pretty bad blisters. Nice guy and a good runner but he didn't listen to our advice to take it slow.
     
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    Thats my brother he's on here somewhere but I'm not sure of his "name" on here.
     
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    FOOT RACERS

    Horse feces and a dead possum are just a couple of things Chase Williams has stepped on while running barefoot.

    Williams, 27, wouldn't have it any other way, though.

    After suffering a number of injuries, from shin splints to tendonitis in his ankle, the Lumberton man almost gave up running completely.

    Instead, he took up a friend's suggestion to run barefoot - which Williams has done in the past 16 months.

    "The way it feels, there is freedom, no restrictions - you get instant biofeedback," Williams said. "To be honest, I ljust never found a pair of shoes that I like."

    Williams is part of a growing trend of runners hitting the pavement barefoot or with minimalist footwear - shoes that are almost glove - like for feet.

    The idea is intriguing. Most people have fond memories of running around barefoot as children. Some of the fastest distance runners in the world, the Tarahumara Indians, of Mexico - who were featured in the 2009 book "Born to Run" - run barefoot or in lightweight sandals called huarachese.

    Barefoot runners, like Williams, say that running barefoot lessens the risk of injury because it forces runners to land on the middle or the balls of their feet rather than their heels, which is a more natural movement.

    A number of physicians also support that claim.

    But orthopedic surgeons like Dr. David Teusher of Beaumont Bone and Joint caution against barefoot running.

    Tueshcer said the risk of injury is much greater, particularly when it comes to a stress fracture to the heel from the impact of landing repetitively on a hard surface.

    "A conventional running shoe theoretically gives better support, better shock absorption of the force from being transmitted to bones and joints," Teuscher said. "(Running shoes) always have an arch in them for a reason - runners need that support."

    Dave Dial, 51, a Nederland native who has logged more than 158,000 lifetime miles, said he runs barefoot to supplement his workouts but never as a main form of training.

    "You have to realize that we don't run on surfaces like we did when we were cavemen," Dial said. "We run on pavement and its pretty hard and unforgiving."

    Teuscher said those who want to run barefoot should work at it gradually rather than trying to run a full race sans shoes. He also said barefoot or minimalist running should be done on a surface softer than concrete or asphalt, although sand at a beach might not be the best place because of uneven surfaces.

    "It might be fun to try, if patterned after someone who has done it successfully," Teuscher said. "I've never done it, though."

    William Fermo, 34, of Lumberton started running barefoot a year ago after he saw Williams run the Gusher marathon with no shoes.

    Fermo took off his shoes for the last quarter mile of one of his training runs and gradually started running longer and longer distances without them.

    He said in the beginning he had blood blisters and sore calves, but those went away after a few weeks.

    "You are working muscles that you don't normally work (while wearing shoes)," said Fermo, who is studying for his board exam to be a family practice physician.

    He said it took him three months to run a 5k (3.1 miles,) six months to run a 10K, eight months to do a half--marathon and a year before he did a full marathon, the 2012 Houston marathon, barefoot.

    Jackie John, manager of On the Run shoe store in Beaumont, recommends taking a similar approach with minimalist footwear.

    "You want to incorporate that shoe into only 10 percent of your workout and keep on incorporating it until you can do a full workout with it," John said.

    Fermo says he has had no injury problems while runnign barefoot but has gotten some snide remarks from people. "Things like 'Where are your shoes?' or 'You should get a tetanus shot,'" Fermo said.

    Fermo plans to wear shoes at Ssaturday's GUsher Marathon because he thinks the course's surface is too rough.

    Williams said rough surfaces do not bother him. He ran a 50-mile ultra-marathon in Huntsville barefoot on a trail and regularly runs barefoot on trails in Village Creek State Park, he said, adding he has gotten to the point where he can step on sharp pine cones and not feel any pain.

    "People seem to think the streets are lined with broken glass and hypodermic needles," Williams said. "That isn't the case."

    For those wondering what Williams feet look like, he said he has no calluses or blisters and the his wife says his feet look better than hers.

    "I think some are surprised when they see my feet do not look like Bilbo Baggins," Williams said, referring to a fictional character in "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings."

    MINIMAL OPTIONS

    Jeremy Fermo, 32, William Fermo's younger brother, isn't as comfortable with his bare feet being exposed, so he runs in Vibram FiveFingers shoes, a typo of minimalist footwear.

    Jeremy Fermo said he has been running in them for about a year and a half and has put more than 1,000 miles on the shoes which he said cost him $100.

    "I used to buy (Asics Gel-Kayanos) every three months for 140 bucks and I'd get horrible shin splints," Jeremy Fermo said. "When I started running in these, the shin splints went away."

    According to the ST. Louis Post-Dispatch, sales for Vibram FiveFingers grew from about $450,000 in 2006 to an estimated $50 million last year, while barefoot-style running shoes in general were a $1.7 billion industry last year.

    Dial, the Nederland native who doesn't particularly care for barefoot running doesn't think these shoes should be made or sold, though.

    "Sometimes I get aggravated with the shoe companies," Dial said. "Do you really care about the runners or do you just care about making money? And I think it's the latter because they know that's the flavor of the month."
     
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    I typed out the article and posted it here for your enjoyment.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    "A conventional running shoe theoretically gives better support, better shock absorption of the force from being transmitted to bones and joints," Teuscher said. "(Running shoes) always have an arch in them for a reason - runners need that support."

    Artificial support under your arch actually transmits MORE shock to your bones and joints, like putting a brace on the shock absorbers of your car. The foot arch is already designed to absorb that shock, why mess with it? It seems so simple and obvious, why do so many "professionals" believe in this nonsense?

    Yes I've been reading Dr. Howell's Barefoot Book. :D
     
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    I was interviewed yesterday on KIRO radio, Seattle, about my battle with the Ohio Statehouse (though it ended up being mainly about simply going barefoot). I blog it here: <http://ahcuah.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/interviewed-on-kiro-radio/>. During the interview, the issue of support came up, and I gave my usual response:

    Tell you what. You put your arm in a sling for 6 weeks. Make sure it gets plenty of "support". At the end of that time, let's play a game of tennis. Who do you think will win?

    That almost always lets them see the light.
     
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    LOL now that's a great analogy! I might just have to use that sometime when trying to convince someone.
     
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    Congrats you AWs, on hitting the news!

    Listening to your radio interview now, Ahcuah.

    Thanks for representing you all!
     
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    Hey y'all thats me William on the article Chaser posted. I haven't been on here for a while. I think the guy misquoted me and my bro. I never ran a full marathon bf and have been running bf off and on for about 2 years. Been taking it real seriously this past year and have been making dramatic PR's in all my running. I've ran 5k's, 10k's and one half marathon BF. PR'd in all of them. The thing that got me to take BF more seriously is after meeting Chaser at a local Triathlon and listening to him what he was capable of BF and that encouraged me to keep up with the BF movement. I remember my first BF race I was wearing shoes then after the pain I decided to remove them and go BF. Now all my races consist of BF, huaraches, or my Hatorri's. I normally run my short miles about 6 BF and I use my Hatorri's or Huaraches for any races with terrain I'm not familiar with. I feel like I've been running less but running more efficient since I've switched to the BF/minimalist movement.
     
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    William / Jeremy. Which one of yall live in Lumberton I know of some excellent trails that are very barefoot friendly!
     
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    William / Jeremy. Which one of yall live in Lumberton I know of some excellent trails that are very barefoot friendly!
     
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