Barefoot running near Fremantle

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  1. Barefoot Guy

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    Hi all, I'm a new member, thought I'd introduce myself. I've always preferred to go barefoot and grew up in primary school without shoes mostly. I recently completed a 5 month 4WD trip to Cape York and din't wear shoes the whole time. I started running barefoot after damaging ligaments in my ankle from a work incident. Couldn't run properly after that in shoes, always imbalanced. The physio put me on to Born to Run and other books and I built up the ankle running barefoot in soft sand. Then went through a long period of calf and achilles issues which was expected but now seems to have settled. I'm now up to 10km on bitumen roads and footpaths, also grass and undulating park land. Looking to try trails next. Hope to find a local running partner that is as obsessed with barefoot lifestyle as me, to run and hopefully socialise with...unfortunately there doesn't seem to be many local enthusiasts....
     
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    Welcome! Please add yourself to the Member Map if you haven't already.
     
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    Cool, another Perthan! Welcome, BG.
     

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    Sounds like a group run in the planning. ;)
     
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    Thanks all....still looking for the locals though :)
     
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    Is fremantle next to syd or in syd? Let me know, in this case, i am in! Happy new year, andrea
     
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    Fremantle is right next to Perth, a suburb or Perth right next to the beach. I've never been there but a pretty nice area as I have heard.
    Cost a small fortune to live there.

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    Hi Barefoot Guy,

    Sorry, not a local either.... But you must have had a wonderful childhood if you could go barefoot to school. ;) I'm sort of new here as well and I have started running barefoot on foothpaths and roads. Are the bitumen roads in Freo as rough as they are here in Broome?

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    Hi Chrizzz,
    We have a great spot here near the Swan River at Point Walter. There are a range of bitumen roads and loops, paths of concrete (smooth and rough) and bitumen (smooth and rough) as well as connecting ovals and riverside bush areas. I've bee building up to each and mix and match when I can. Now up to 6-10 km every second day. The soles are fine, but still dealing with persistent calf and AT soreness that comes and goes. I'm guessing it must be a long adjustment period to stretch out the AT after years of wearing elevated heels in shoes...gosh it's taking some time though.... sure is lonely here though..I'm beginning to think I'm the only BFR in the area...
     
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    BG, I've only run into one barefooter in my Perth runnings, passed on the Perth foreshore path back in December. I wonder if that was you? (although since I can't remember the day, not much chance of knowing *lol* Probably a Friday morning, but possibly when I ran my marathon distance on Sunday the 23rd). I noticed whoever it was was very much on the forefoot, almost tip-toe running, which would be damn hard on the calves.

    I don't run fully barefoot yet, but minimalist. Either Saucony's with a 4mm drop or my VFF's. I'm only in town once a fortnight (FIFO) but happy to discuss organising a run.
     

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