Connecticut barefoot runners!

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  1. JEFF CT

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    Just wanted to shout out HI to all the CT barefooters out there. As the start of this thread states "I swear barefoot hasnt caught on in this state yet" but I think maybe its getting closer?

    I keep hearing more about other barefoot runners at the races I ran barefoot this year. I did the Plainville GE Petit 5k in the summer, Canton Lobster Loop 5K, the Colebrooke HTC Hogsback Half Marathon and the Kent Pumpkin run 5 miler this fall.

    I am in a pretty neat barefoot place right now. I came into my first year of racing by doing some as a barefoot runner. For a month or so, I was separating out my Shod PR and my BF PR, but now my BF PR is my PR ! !

    I hope to meet-up with some of you soon.
     
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  2. Mike R

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    Jeff,
    I found the same thing. My barefoot times are comparable to my PR shod times of 10 years ago.
     
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  3. JEFF CT

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    Hey Mike- Glad to hear from you. Im not getting too many winter BF runs in yet. Last year I was a little tougher and went outside more. Today I did try something a little different. Treadmill barefoot. Kinda. I wore socks and these neoprene booties called NUFOOT. They cost me $14 for the pair. I wore them outside this morning and they are NOT waterproof like I thought. I have a Turkey Trot coming up next week 10K and with the snow / rain predictions considering if I would be willing to do it BF. I think I would bring the NUFOOT to keep me warmer, and throw into my pocket during the race if I do it. Ive done HM distance in 40 degrees and sunny.

    As for the TM. I kept the incline to 2.5% ^ and speed at 6.4mph. I also limited myself to 2.5 miles due to some soreness that has been improving that I didnt want to push. One big factor, I also put a fan next to the TM belt to try and keep it cool. 2.5 is a good start. Last time I think I only made 1.5miles and felt blisters. This time, the heat seemed to stabilize a bit.
     
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    HEY GUYS and GALS ! Did my first real barefoot run of this season a couple weeks ago. It was 56 degrees, but there was still quite a bit of snow on the path I run. It was so nice out, so I went out 3 miles before turnaround. I covered about 0.4 miles of snow and ice, which didnt seem so bad. I came back the same way. At about 5 miles, I chose to put the shoes I was carrying back on. Almost home I felt like I had a couple pebbles in my socks. Got home and found about 5 blisters. 2 biggest on the big toes. One had opened, the other hadnt. Well - 2-3 wks later, I have been swimming for Triathalon training. My big toes are a little thinner tonight. I had hoped the blisters to thicken the skin, but I guess too much too fast.

    ANYWAY - I was debating doing a BF TOUGH MUDDER on IBRD May 4th. But the airfare is too much for me right now (and the entry fees). Who wants to do a group barefoot run on Sunday May 4th? I am in the Canton / Farmington area. Maybe we can find a spot several of us can get to. I am up for any distance up to 10K. I think a bunch of bare feet would be really cool to see!
     
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  5. Pepper

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    I’m just starting to process of running barefoot. I have read quite a bit about the process and that it takes a while. I’m really trying to be patient. I’m a marathon runner who started to develop knee and hip problems over the last few years. I thought it was my shoes and did the “upgrade” to hoka only it got worse. So I’m going the native route and boy do I get weird looks because I try and be foot naked as much as possible. I’m glad I’m not the only one here in state.
     
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    Welcome, Pepper! Patience will get you far.
     
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    I do have to ask because I have always preferred being barefoot I thought this process might be a little easier on the body. I’m not running a lot yet mostly just walking. But I do notice in the evenings I get foot twitches which I thought was kind of weird and I assume that it has a lot to do with utilizing muscles that haven’t been used I also got an issue with the inner right knee now when I do walk distance barefoot and again I am assuming this has to do with working stabilizer muscles. Just wondering if I’m alone in this and if it’s just a matter Of the body adapting
     
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    Copy this to the main forum, Barefoot & Minimalist Running, or the Health forum. You'll get more responses there. I'll reply there as well.
     
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