Hello from Israel

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Adi, Jan 7, 2021.

  1. Adi

    Adi Barefooters

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    As a kid, I always wore sneakers tied very tightly. The older I got the more I hated running. As a teenager I started to dislike walking. In college, I somewhat liked walking on the beach, probably because I was barefoot. A couple of years ago, I started walking more because I moved to Israel. My gait was already bad and got worse. About a year ago I was on vacation in Europe, where I wore thick soled stiff sneakers and walked a lot, slamming my heel with each step. I came home injured in both legs and couldn't walk for a few months. That started my journey to barefoot, via minimalist shoes. I started walking barefoot a few months ago, around the time I read Born To Run. I tried running with 4mm huaraches a few times, but didn't feel comfortable, secure, or safe, so I stopped. The last few days I have been walking about a kilometer either barefoot or on very rough terrain with the huaraches, and I have noticed some really amazing changes in my body that I never thought I would experience.

    My dream is to enjoy running. I don't need to run especially fast or far, but I believe that a healthy human is able to run. If I don't enjoy it, there is probably too much risk for me to run safely.

    I'd love to hear stories of how you got started barefoot running, what some of the changes you have experienced are, and any tips you have for someone like me, including things to read.
     
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    Tedlet Barefooters
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    Welcome Adi.. Enjoy the journey..:barefoot:
     
  3. Barefoot TJ

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    Welcome, Adi! Glad you found us and joined. I remember feeling the same way about running that you do. It was like there was a hump in the middle that I had to climb to get over before I could enjoy the downhill. I just kept at it until I finally built up my lung capacity and endurance where I could run for nearly 18 miles without stopping (since I carried water). But...I didn't truly start "loving" running until I shed my shoes completely. There's just something about the overall body and mind feeling we get from running skin-to-earth that can't be duplicated while wearing shoes of any kind, no matter how minimal. My suggestion is to keep at it, don't give up, and you'll find that your endurance and enjoyment will improve. Good luck! :barefoot:
     
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