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  1. bananamama

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    My friend, who is a member,

    My friend, who is a member, sent me a link to your post, Joe, because I was just complaining about my basketball shoes. I haven't played ball since I got into barefooting, and my feet hurt like hell after just shooting around for a half an hour or so. I would love to play bball barefoot, but what about people stepping on your feet? And can you really get as much lift on your jump without shoes? Silly questions, I know. Running seems normal to do barefoot, but my whole basketball "career" was spent in expensive high tops, so I don't know how I could play without shoes, with other people, shooting is fine in barefeet.

    Oh yeah, I also just joined. I am from Weirton, WV, just moved here, but it feels more like PA or OH than WV. We are pretty close to Pittsburgh.
     
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  2. Barefoot TJ

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    Welcome, Banana!I guess if

    Welcome, Banana!

    I guess if everyone were barefoot on the court, it would be less painful should someone step on your feet. :)
     
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  3. jschwab

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    Welcome, Joe and Bananamama!

    Welcome, Joe and Bananamama! I see high top minimalist shoes worn by folks at the gym for lifting. I would just go bare and see how it goes - it would teach you to be quick, eh?
     

  4. Barefoot Joe

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    To be honost BananaMama, they

    To be honost BananaMama, they told me the same thing before we played. But considering that your feet all alive and strong (you have been training/running unshod for a long time), then you shouldn't have a problem. I kick a soccer ball barefoot for breakfast, so my feet are up to their natural strengh. Our feet can turn to rock if you let them be free.



    -Joe
     
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    Welcome!  Glad to see more

    Welcome! Glad to see more "Burghers" on here!
     
  6. Hipstersazzles

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    Hi all! I'm a newbie to the

    Hi all! I'm a newbie to the chapter! I live in Phoenxville, and I am really new to Barefoot running, but so far, loving it! Always looking for new running partners.



    After three knee surgeries, thought I wouldn't be able to run again without pain. Finally, running barefoot is solving that problem. I am finally loving running instead of hating it and being in pain every step.



    Right now sitting right on the mile marker barefoot, but aiming for a half marathon in Feb, so slowly building up!



    Would love to meet up for a run with the group sometime!



    Sarah
     
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    Three knee surgeries!  So

    Three knee surgeries! So sorry you've had to go through that. Glad things are looking up for you and your running. Now you can start anew. Welcome!
     
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  8. jschwab

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    Welcome, Sarah! That's a lot

    Welcome, Sarah! That's a lot of knee trouble!
     

  9. Keebes

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    Hey Folks, I'm Matt and I'm

    Hey Folks, I'm Matt and I'm out near Valley Forge, and fairly new to barefoot running. I feel like a cheater wearing Vibrams Bikilas, but we all have to start somewhere right? I hope to continue running naturally, and I hope to make a few new friends while I'm at it!

    Have Fun :D
     
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    Cheater!  Ha!  Don't tell

    Cheater! Ha! Don't tell that to a shod runner, they get angry. ;-)
     
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  11. Joseph Kemp

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    Hi there,I'm writing a story

    Hi there,

    I'm writing a story for Inside Magazine about barefoot running. I've started running myself to see if it's something that I can get into (not being a runner, but being someone who needs to find a good way to get some exercise).

    I'd like to hear your story whether you started running shod and then changed over to barefoot or minimalist running.

    I'd especially like to interview anyone who is Jewish, since we're a Jewish publication (the Jewish Exponent) and though I can't think of a Jewish angle to the story, we generally like the interviewees to match the readership in that aspect.

    The magazine is published in Philadelphia, so I'd also be most interested in interviewing locals.

    Feel free to contact me at kempj@jewishexponent.com

    Thanks,

    Joe Kemp
     
  12. Johnnyscoots

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    Howdy All!: New to the BFR

    Howdy All!:



    New to the BFR forum. My name is John, and I've been minimal/BF since 2006. I stumbled onto the Pose website while searching for a means to eliminate injuries. It was my first experience with "Less is better". Started off with the Puma H Street, then transitioned to the Vibrams. This will be my 2nd full year running in the Vibrams, although winters here make Vibram running quite tough: Enter the Injinji!!!

    I live in Ephrata, PA and have been a Lancaster County resident for 5 out of the past 6 years. Yes, I've met Chris McDougall. I ran the Smith's Challenge 10k (46:57...VERY TOUGH COURSE!) in Lancaster Central Park. Got a pic with him and picked his brain. Born to Run may end up being a movie some time in the future. He's also running more in the Mizuno Wave Universe racing flat. Very humble guy, talked to everyone that approached him. At 6'4" he's kinda hard to miss!!!

    I've grown quite fond of the Bikila line of Vibrams and that (and the LS) are my go to shoes. I kick the shoes off and putter around the block (sometimes my "block" is up to 4 miles) on occasion and just LOVE the freedom of allowing your toes to move more. The Bikilas are a great shoe, but there is an inherent bit of limited toe spread because of the confining nature of the toe pockets. Ordered a pair of Invisible shoes Contact (6mm) last night. I am really looking forward to these!!!

    My mileage hovers around the 20-40 mpw range. VERY incremental in my mileage. I've run many 5k, and 10k road races (5k best was 18:40, 10k 39:01) and did the Hands on House Half Marathon last Oct. (1:33 and change). The half was done on less than 20mpw, and am looking to better that this year. Heck, my girlfriend and her niece cheered me on, so a little moral support goes a long way! Might pull a double this fall with the Harrisburg Half and Hands on House, since they are a month apart. In the next 3-5 years I would like to do a 50k just as an appetizer. I truly believe with Lieberman, McDougall, BF Ted, and all here on BFRS, that barefoot is tailor made for ultras. Hope to see a few of y'all on the trails in the future! Unless of course, I get lost going round the block!!!



    John
     
  13. sloutre

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    Hi John, I ran the Charlie

    Hi John,



    I ran the Charlie Horse trail half marathon in May in Plowville, PA, not too far from you I think. It was my first half, first trail race and a very exciting race.

    I live on the other side of Philadelphia, in NJ but we may meet at some point on one of the trail races. If you happen to come to Philly let us know here and we could organise a group run and/or drink together with other barefoot/min runners.

    Welcome to the BRS forums. You will find a lot of informative and friendly posts here.
     

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    Hi, I live in the North

    Hi,



    I live in the North Hills of Pittsburgh PA. I'm an under-employed science teacher who is doing some sub work here and there this year.

    For my first twenty years, I played a LOT of soccer. For my second twenty years, I played a LOT of rugby. There was some overlap, but when I changed careers to become a teacher, I went back to grad school full time and haven't had any time for sports in the last few years. Now that I have a lot more time on my hands, I'm joining a gym and getting back into running. However, I have plantar fasciitis and my podiatrist made inserts for me. They did reduce the pain levels, but they didn't eliminate it. I read that article in today's NYT about barefoot running, and something about it just seemed to appeal to me.



    I never had good coaching, or any coaching, about running. I only saw it as a means to stay in shape for rugby. I know I have a bad stride and land a lot of weight on my heels. And I weigh a lot at about 250 pounds and 6'1". I have a 50" chest, though, so I'm a big guy just by my natural build (I played 2nd row or lock, in rugby). I'd like to learn the proper technique, but I don't think I could do so just by surfing the internet.



    I'd be happy to meet anyone from allegheny county anywhere that is convenient for them who could meet me a couple times to instruct me and make sure I'm not making any mistakes. In the meantime, I am going to go get Christopher McDougall's book "Born To Run" from the library and start there.



    Gratefully,



    Steve
     
  16. jschwab

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    Hey Steve, good to see you

    Hey Steve, good to see you here on the forums. I have been MIA with a complicated injury since September. Are you still running? How's it going?
     

  17. rik

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    Visiting from, Utah in willow grove area, any runners heading out this fine morning? Awesome state in pa looking for a good trail run or nice shoulder any recomendations?
     

  18. JosephTree

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    Hi Rik,
    I don't know the Willow Grove area, but if you don't mind a bit of a ride, 15 miles or so, you can come a couple exits down the turnpike to Valley Forge Park. There are terrific trails around the park, both paved and more natural. If you do drive, stay in the far right lane of the toll plaza and get off at the very first turn past the plaza - it'sonly about 100 yards to the ramp. Then, at the bottom of the ramp, at the traffic light, turn right, and that road will bring you past the Valley Forge Casino (danger! danger!) on your right, and then to the Park Entrance, a quarter mile farther along on your left. Easy peasy!
    If you want more info about the trails, just post your questions here and I'll help you out as I'm able.
     
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  19. JosephTree

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    ...I also have a bunch of runs listed in Map My Run dot com.
     
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