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  1. Paul NL

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    Hi all,

    I started running in February this year. I never really liked running when I was younger. Although I did run the 7 heuvelen loop in Nijmegen twice (15k), and did run, with 11 friends, in the Calistoga to Santa Cruz (CA) 199 mile relay once. I preferred cycling, hiking and skiing. Unfortunately I did not do any of these the last 5 years and decided that needed to change. So in February I started slowly with running 12 minutes per time, 3x per week. I had never heard of barefoot running back then, thus I bought some nice new Saucony shoes... After 2 months and running about 22 minutes, 3x per week by then, I suddenly had an injury in my calf muscle. I stopped running for 2 months. At the same time I met with a french colleague of mine. He told me about minimalist running. So I started reading and watching Youtube videos.

    I wanted to but some Vibram 5 finger shoes, however while trying them out, in a nice store in Tilburg, I felt my calf muscle hurting again, so I delayed that. I did buy a pair of good looking Vivobarefoot shoes that I am now wearing daily, even during customer visits and trade shoes. I even started running in these shoes. As I wanted to keep them nice and clean for work, I did buy some Vibram 5 finger kso which I am now using for running.

    My stride cadence is going up, average at 175 over 5 km, after I did bent my knees more. And my heels are now touching the ground again. Which I did not do at first and resulted in quite some muscle pain in the calves. Recently I bought the Barefoot running, step by step book. During running I am now telling my self: stand straight, relax, bend the knees. Which did help in getting the cadence up.

    And now I am beginning to realize that it is probably better to go real barefoot to learn proper barefoot running technique. Somehow I am not ready for that yet, hopefully being here can help me doing so... My end goal is to be able to long trail runs, preferably in the mountains. Not sure if anyone is doing that barefoot?

    Hopefully this long introduction was not to long for you.
    Paul
     
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    Hi Paul.
    Welcome.
    Sounds like you're making good progress. Keep going steady (without overdoing it of course) and your calf muscles will gradually adapt and strengthen. Running barefoot will place additional load on them compared to shod heel striking, etc...
    Keep your stride nice and short and it will come..:)

    Oh, and yes throw the shoes away too -it will help you 'hear' what your feet are trying to tell you...

    Enjoy..:barefoot:
     
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    Welcome! Feel free to join the Netherlands Chapter. They've been quiet lately, but maybe you can post some and wake them up. :barefoot:
     
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    Going totally barefoot is very much ideal because it can be uncomfortable at first. The bottoms of your feet are very sensitive and that's a good thing from an evolutionary perspective: if you're doing motion that hurts on the bottoms of your bare feet that could translate into damage to the rest of your body. Even the thinnest minimalist shoes can hide that kind of crucial information.

    Learning to run barefoot without pain or discomfort is learning to run without injury. Your feet become the proverbial canaries in the coal mine alerting you early on if you're doing anything harmful.

    And injury prevention is just the first step. Once you learn to run light and easy on your bare feet you've effectively learned to run with optimal economy: you'll be able to run longer and at faster speeds. Barefoot can be an amazing performance boost.
     
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    Very well said...
     
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  6. Paul NL

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    Yes, very sensitive indeed. This morning I tried a bit without my 5-fingers shoes on gravel. And it is painful, especially those small stones that keep sticking on the sole of your feet...

    Still I need to change something. The last two times running my knees started to hurt after about 3k. I was running the same distance and the same route. Before I could run 5 to 6k without this pain. I am not sure what I do differently know.
     
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    When running on gravel really embrace the fact that you'll look like some idiot trying to run barefoot on gravel. :) Go slow, step very gingerly and let your body react. It's something to continue practicing until you get a feel for it.

    What you certainly don't want to do is just blindly suffer through gravel running without giving in to your body's natural impulses to move and change with the surface. If you sort of stomp along the gravel with no real change to your running form you're just beating up your feet. Let yourself get loose, slow down and really work on how to step with the least amount of pain and discomfort.

    The lessons you learn about how to run barefoot on gravel with minimal pain and discomfort translate directly to all other running, shod or unshod. You're learning how to step lightly which will benefit your whole body.
     
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    Hello, Paul. Welcome!

    I didn't start making real progress until I went full barefoot. Your bare feet will teach you to run correctly. Of course it was warm and comfortable here when I started. Not sure how your climate is.
     
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    Hi @Paul NL

    How are you doiung with barefoot running in the meantime?
    I started barefooting in june this year. I have hit the 10km mark once.

    It could be we're both in the same phase of starting to run barefoot?

    Greetings from Breda, Jaap
     
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  10. Paul NL

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    Hi @Jaap Francke
    I am sorry, I completely missed your message. I just started a 'conversation' with you so that we can make some arrangement to run together if you are still interested.

    I did make some improvements in the mean time. I noticed that when I become tired and am slowing down that I get pain in my joints, very likely due to sloppy technique. Now I am better to keep up the speed and probably my technique as I am not feeling any pain anymore while running. The distance I ran is slowly increasing.
     
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    I had cold toes this morning even with a pair of thick socks in my five finger shoes... The climate here is moderate, it was just above freezing.
     

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