Barefoot Running may be hard for those over 30.

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  1. Barefoot Gentile

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    I posted this on my FB page and see what you guys think of this. I started running barefoot 6 years ago, I was 38 at the time. I was lucky enough to have a very smooth transition, barefoot running came naturally to me after my 20 years of running in traditional footwear.

    Most if not all of the responses from the people over 30, said they didn't have issues with their transition. I find these types of articles to be so misleading, especially when the authors of such articles don't run barefoot.



    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/...icmst=1409232722000&bicmet=1419773522000&_r=0
     
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    i guess the more time you spent with shoes, the slower your transition will be
    doesnt mean that you gonna get injured, if you're wise enough to listen to your soles, it's gonna be slower, that's all (and maybe more frustrating...)


    science here, science there, I'm tired to see science everywhere, we dont need science to explain everything, no ?
     
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    and once more,
    the author of the article thinks that the debate is all about "heel striking vs midfoot landing"

    ok, but if you start listening to your soles, you wouldnt persist heel striking...
    once more, people should try barefoot running instead of writing studies about it...
     
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    I'm much older than you, and I had no problem transitioning in my "old" age. ;-)
     
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    More hogwash and piffle.
    What, do they think you're too senile to transition once you pass a certain age?
    Who benefits from such articles? Oh, that's right large corporate shoe manufacturers.
     
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    More junk science. A sample of 26 people, running ONE TIME!
    Anybody that draws conclusions from that type of experiment can hardly be called a "scientist". :mad:

    BTW - I AM a scientist, and if I tried to pass off that kind of data as meaningful in my job, I would have been fired a long time ago.

    Oh - and I started running barefoot at age 39. I'm almost 55 now and doing just fine.
     
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    Exactly. I stopped taking such "studies" seriously just because of this.
     
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    There's not even any such thing as midfoot landing. Simultaneous forefoot-and-heel landing, but the arch doesn't land. Unless it's flat maybe.
     
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    I started BFR at 53 years old in 2010 after a 27 year break from any running (except for a few miserable, pitiful attempts in shoes.) I've managed to avoid any crippling damage so far - but what do I know? I'm not a scientist!
     
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    I started barefoot running at 46 about 2 and a half years ago after not running most of my life because it was too high impact. I was trying to find a form of exercise I would actually stick with. "Born to Run" made me want to try running again, but it didn't take, was still too high impact, even after reading books on how to do it properly...until I tried taking off my shoes!

    I have had problems, top of the foot pain that I let get out of hand and had to back way off, and straining something in my right leg while adding miles too quickly running trails. I attribute these more to having so much fun running barefoot that I overdid it again and again. Finally I have found a form of exercise that I truly LOVE! So, maybe there are issues with the transition, but I never would have found those if I hadn't started running and I never would have kept running in shoes. I'm glad to be barefoot!

    All the best,
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    You suffer the effects of having too many wonderful trails out there. Poor bastard!
     
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    I'm 52, and started running barefoot about 3 years ago. Other than my little injury I wrote a blog about {blame the yoga pants} not only do I run pain-free, but most of my back issues have disappeared. Just took my shoes off - and let my body REMEMBER how to walk, then run barefoot { AND YES - it takes time, so slow the freak down, and simply enjoy the time remembering}. I'd been running distance since the early 80's and ran with constant leg issues - spent a small fortune on every shoe "fix" there was. What actually motivated me to try barefoot was an Orthopedic surgeon 4 years ago who told me I was done running as my knees were shot. Since I have an aversion to most authority types - I started thinking how growing up on the farm in far NW Iowa, that unless we were doing farm chores... we ran barefoot all the time, and I could seriously run like the wind. I simply took my shoes off, and started re-acquainting my mind and feet. In my humble opinion its the "minimalist" shoes that have destroyed barefoot, as they still remove the sensory connections of feet to mind.
    AND - yes.... you can ding your heel up barefoot, yet I tell people when you first run barefoot on pavement, you will ONLY heel strike twice... before your mind reminds you NOT to do it again as it freaking hurts :)
     
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    What? another BS study?
     

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    I started bf at 55 yrs. Im now 59 yrs. I've ran since HS track, '69'-'73'. That's about the time 'running shoes' arrived . Course I got some, & then as they ...progressed ?...,I followed. Started barefooting to relearn how to run. UNBOOT TO REBOOT. ps first post
     
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    Welcome, Blister!
     
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    Welcome Mr. B.!

    We are on about the same schedule with age and BF inception. So far, so well!

    Carry on!
     
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    Man, bunch of old farts in this thread....

    I didn't have any problems transitioning to running bare, I was 25 (i think?) when I made the change. I just started off slow and short and worked my way up gradually from there.
     
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