Hello from The Netherlands

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  1. barefoot_mike

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    Hi,

    about 20 years ago I was running (shod). About 10 years ago I started running again and because of injuries I started barefoot / minimalist footwear running. I my 'top' I did 20 km at low speed using minimal footwear.

    Recently at my work people asked me if I was interested to do a local race. I was positive and started running again using minimalist shoes. (cheap watershoes) Just in the third run, I was running about 12 minutes at 12 km/hour, I got a very sensitive achilles tendon (right leg). The calves were very sore too.

    It seems I was doing too much too soon and stopped running for about 6 weeks. I re-read the book by Barefoot Ken Bob and decided to start running barefoot again. I started doing daily eccentric heel drops together with low speed short distance barefoot runs, preferably on rough surfaces to protect from doing to much too soon.

    Although every morning when standing up I still feel a subtle sensitivity in the right achilles tendon, overall it feels good, this sensitivity disappears quickly and at the moment I went from 2 to 5 minutes of running barefoot at low speed.

    As I signed up for the local race (4 miles / 6,4 km) I'm wondering if I could participate. I would guess it's a bad idea. What do you think? Would it be dangerous and would there be a big risk for the achilles tendon to get injured again if I run at low speed this race?
     
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    Hi mike

    congrats for being so commited to run

    nobody but you knows better how do you feel, how much sore you are. How long have you started to run again? Have you run at least 2 or 3 weeks without major issues (but the morning sore)? If so...

    IMO, given your record, I think you can take part on that event running just for fun, not trying to make a PB :D Just unshod (if possible) and enjoy the run with your mates taking care of feeling good during the event.


    I personally never got achilles tendon problems or sore (just platar fascia sore) so I dont know exactly how does it feel, but look into the long term and IF you dont feel confident DO NOT risk your health.

    Thanks for sharing here your experience! And good run!
     
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    Hi, thanks for your reply! I started again two weeks ago and did 2 minutes during the first week and 5 minutes during the second week, at low speed.

    Tonight I decided to give it a try and ran half of the race distance: 3,2 km. I just started at low speed and just ran at a comfortable low speed and see how far I would get. It turned out to be easy. Only the soles felt raw during and after the run. I ran on a gravel road as Barefoot Ken Bob advices this in order to protect myself from doing to much too soon. I ran on rough asphalt too.

    I didn't feel my calves and achilles, so maybe it's ok to do the race. I will see how the achilles feels tomorrow. But I have good hope as 6 weeks ago, when I developed this injury, I always got very tight calves, while at the moment even when doing 3,2 km they feel comfortable and supple :)
     
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    Welcome, Mike! Please feel free to join The Netherlands Chapter.
     
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