First barefoot run

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  1. Maupuia

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    So I did my first completely barefoot run today and DID NOT DIE!

    Have been running in VFF since beginning of the year and for the past month or so taking them near the end some runs to finish barefoot. But this was the first time completely barefoot.

    I think the hardest thing was the psychological barrier of stepping out the door with no shoes. Well, that and thinking EVERYONE was looking at me. Which, of course, they weren't :)

    But, yeah, I survived. And apart from a couple of small blisters on my toes, feel pretty good. Run was just under 5km.

    This is how addiction starts, right? :)
     
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  2. Barefoot TJ

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    I remember feeling the same exact apprehension, then excitement at my very first full barefoot run. I was no longer carrying my shoes. I was exposed and vulnerable. It was very liberating. Welcome to the club!
     
  3. Maupuia

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    Yes, exactly - exposed and vulnerable. Although once I'd warmed up, that all went away.
     
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  4. Sid

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    No worries. After a bit of adjustment, you'll eventually develop a sense of utter and complete invincibility!
     
  5. Barefoot Gentile

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    Awesome! And this is completely normal! I remember feeling the same, it soon fades as time goes on. Don't worry, your neighbors will get used to it!
     
  6. rickwhitelaw

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    Nice job. One suggestion I have is to start every run barefoot and then finish with the VFF's if you have to. As you progress, you will find that the VFF's will just be extra baggage.
     
  7. Maupuia

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    I think I'll just try and mix things up - bare foot running for shorter distances; VFFs for longer runs; and trail shoes for trail runs.

    Will see how that goes.
     
  8. rickwhitelaw

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    I had that strategy last year. It didn't work for me. I kept getting injured and I committed to mostly barefoot miles last February. Some sandal running on the roughest terrain. But that is just my situation. Have fun, use whatever you want to, experiment, and stay injury free. That's the main goal.
     
  9. barefootbeginner

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    Hi
    Good to see someone else making the transition. I have been blogging my journey and now have a golden rule. I don't run any further in shoes of any sort than I can manage barefoot. The shoes just help me run on terrain that my feet can't handle yet. Problem is, it meant that I had to drop my long runs at first but I needed some sort of limiting factor to keep my progression steady because minimalist shoes are so much fun to run in.
    Chris
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  10. Enso108

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    I've been running in VFF since March, I'm planning my first barefoot run this week. I'm on holiday at my parents in London, the pavements are perfect. Where I live we don't have pavements and the road are gravel so this is a perfect opportunity, but I will be running at 6am so nobody sees me. :)
     
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  11. Maupuia

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    You should totally try and crash the Men's marathon at the Olympics ;)
     
  12. Enso108

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    Maybe I'll just hop out for the last mile.
    :)
     
  13. JosephTree

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    ...and then you'll get over that in time. It's all very good!
     
  14. Mark Wilkinson

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    The only time I really feel self conscious anymore is when I am walking down the side of a main road by my house barefoot and shirtless during my warm-up.

    After that I realize that regardless of my footwear situation, I am running and anyone who would give me odd looks is not.
     
  15. Enso108

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    Did my first completely barefoot run today after running in VFF since March 3 miles, it was slow but I really enjoyed it. Paving slabs seems better than old tarmac, new fresh tarmac is best. All I can say is I won't need to be exfoliating my feet for a while. :)
    Thanks Maupuia for the inspiration.
     
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