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  1. murls

    murls Barefooters
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    Hi everyone,

    just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Brendan, 40 years old, I live in Gosford on the Central Coast. I have only just started to run barefoot after getting a bad case of runners knee training for the Central Coast Half that forced me to miss it. Specialist told me to try a different pair of shoes. After some research I decided to take my shoes off and learn to run again. So far I have endured and made it through the calf muscle pain, top of foot pain and I am now firmly in the blisters stage. I am taking it slow and trying to avoid over doing it. I have only been doing it for about 8 weeks now so its great to have somewhere to come and connect. Hopefully when I get fit enough I can come and enjoy some runs with a few other bare footers. Its great to be here because I am sick of people telling me I am mad! :)

    cheers

    murls
     

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  2. Spiderweb62

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    Hey murls, welcome !!! And it looks like you are on the right path !!! Looking forward to see you when you feel like it, we''ll keep posting around here :cool:
     
  3. Neil_D

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    Hi Murls,
    Welcome to the new world of running. Just take it nice and easy and slow to start with and you should be fine. That last sentence sounds like the easiest thing to do but in fact it is the hardest. I know what stage you are at, I can remember it from when I started years ago. The blisters are due to the way your foot interacts with the ground. Your foot is only there to support your weight, not to push off like you do in training shoes. Don't go running if it is over 28C and sunny as the ground will be hot enough to give you blisters.
    Good luck.

    Neil
     
  4. murls

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    Thanks mate. I did actually find that out the hard way last week! :)
     

  5. murls

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    Thanks!
     

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    Hi Murls. I'm pretty new here too but have been running shoeless for over 3 years now. I 100% agree with Neil_D - take it nice and easy. Barefoot running is about sustainability and 'easing in' is one of the first lessons I had to learn. Get this part right and you have a long and enjoyable running life ahead of you! Oh, and keep those knees bent!
     
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  7. Larry

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    Welcome murls.

    Interesting that you got to calves and TOFP before blisters - I'd imagine most people would be the other way around.
     

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    Welcome from up, over!
     
  9. Spiderweb62

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    Neil, I had the same path....TOFP first for me....but thinking about it, you are right, it should start with blisters first ! :confused:
     
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    Been a long time since I posted but great to hear there are other barefoot locals hooning around Sydney and around the rest of OZ :)
     

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  11. murls

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    Its because of the way I started. Not sure if it was right or wrong but after I did my first run (300m) I knew that my feet were soft as a babies bum. Trying to avoid the shock of the hard road I actually started to run in my socks on the treadmill at the gym. 500m, 600m, 700m etc etc. So I didn't ever run long enough to develop blisters but it was enough shock my calves and top of my feet into action. I have now moved to the road and managed 5km last night but had to do some innovative feet protection using my wife's makeup remover pads tapped to the bottom of my feet with some rigid strapping tape which worked really well and just lasted the distance.
     

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  12. murls

    murls Barefooters
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    thanks for the advice! Do you ever run in some zero drop shoes like 5 fingers and if so how long did you run barefoot before you felt you could put shoes back on again. I only ask because I am a severe heel striker and pronator in shoes and dont ever want to go back there again. :)
     

  13. Larry

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    Macguyver would be proud. :)
     

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  14. murls

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    quick update. Longest Run Barefoot now 12km. Got the Bay to Bay half in about 10 weeks. Currently got an annoying case of metatarsalgia in left foot and some minor pain either side of right heel. Purchased a pair of vibram bikila so I can run safely at night. Still tape my feet from time to time but using much less tape. Have done a few 5k runs in shoes but just feels weird. People stop by my coffee shop to ask me "was that you I saw running the other day with no shoes?" Life is awesome! :)
     

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    has it helped your runners knee?
    I have been barefoot and minimalist running for some time and due to a complicated series of events developed runners knee due to an imbalance created in my running form due to another injury (i was already barefoot running when this happened).
    I find i can now only barefoot run (not even run in xeros or anything minimal) but i am right back to the beginning now. The knee starts hurting somewhere around the 3-4km mark and then im forced to stop. With shoes of any kind the pain comes much sooner.

    I'm hoping barefoot running exclusively and taking it easy will fix it. Nothing the physio has prescribed has done much. so id love to hear if it barefoot running has cured yours or someone elses' runners knee issues so i can feel a bit more positive about it.
     
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    Hi Murls, I'm Craig from Brisbane. My daughter is in the same boat as you. She has top of the foot pain after are weeks of running barefoot but won't listen to me when I tell her she has to let her body get used to running barefoot.
    Of course the Physio reckons she needs orthotics because of her flat feet, pronation and plantar fasciitis. My response was no way that's the same reason I was put into orthotics and motion control shoes decades ago. Which led to 3 knee surgeries, a bone graft and told never to run or take long walks again.
    I am now training for my second marathon barefoot and have had no injuries or pain, except asthma. BTW I don't have fly feet anymore and I don't probate. Once you're feet strengthen from BF running they will become the perfect "perfect running Shoe" like they were when you were a kid.
    Craig
     
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    Hi Craig
    I'm always suspicious when the first answer is stick them in orthotics, show me the evidence that they work in all but short term cases. More often than not they become a permanent fixture that needs to be modified each year at extra cost. Basically it's an income stream for the physio.
    It's coming up to 4 years since I diched my orthotics and guess what..... no problems, the world didn't end. In fact the world got better, I do more milage now than 20 years ago, no knee problems and no hip problems either. Your bare foot is the perfect running device.

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  18. murls

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    Hi Craig, Neil is spot on! Making the transition is not easy but you know that. It's been a real journey for me. My top of foot pain although really annoying did go away after about 5 - 10 runs. Taking my feet out of really comfortable cushioned shoes designed to wrap up your feet like a new born baby in a blanket being cradled by a loving parent did and is still coming with a few issues. Dealing with Metatarsalgia and Achilles issue now but only because I went too far too soon in training for the Bay to Bay half. Doh!

    Anyway, how the doco go by the way? Looking forward to seeing that!
     

  19. murls

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    Well the new guy is in all sorts of trouble now :) My barefoot running was going really well, that is until I did something silly like increasing my distance too soon. I went from 5km to 7km then 12km barefoot in just two weeks. Felt great for a while but during the 12km I started to get all sorts of ouch pain. Ended up with Metatarsalgia in my left foot, Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendon pain in my right foot.

    Of course this happened with only 6 weeks to go before the Bay Bay Half marathon. :mad: Stopped running for two weeks and have been slowly working my way back by doing lots of stretching and running in shoes most of the time with a 1-2kms barefoot at the end of each run. The race is next weekend and I can manage 10km ok so I am still going to do the race (shod) and just take it easy.

    I find it ironic that I missed the last half I entered because I got a knee injury from over training and this time I got injured from over training again! When will I learn. :p
     

  20. Spiderweb62

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    I think this probably rings a bell to a lot of people going through the transition ! Just keep adding km's slowly (about 10% per week I'd say), once you're past that stage, the rewards will be great !!
     

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