Miles:
12 total / 0 in 2019
Goal:

My goals are to regain my health, my body and be able to call myself a barefoot runner. Ultimately losing 120-140 lbs.

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Barefoot Runners - I have a 3 part question for you all. 1 - Were you a runner prior to going barefoot? 2- How did you start running barefoot? (street, treadmill, plan, etc) 3 - Why did you start running barefoot? THANKS!

  • Alan T.
    Alan T.

    1/ Yes. I ran for a couple of years in the early 80s, then was away from it until 2008, when I started running again. All of that was shod. I began running BF in 2009, and haven't run in shoes since. 2/ Pavement and sidewalks. 3/ Had read about it, tried it once, loved it.

    almost 7 years ago Like1 person

  • Michele S.
    Michele S.

    1) Yes, but I started over to run barefoot. 2) I started by walking on my asphalt road, then I searched high and low for smoother surfaces. Eventually, I just gave in and progressed 1/10th of a mile at a time on asphalt. 3) Plantar fasciitis, Born to Run and research online made me realize it was the best thing for me and the most natural way to be. It makes so much sense that modern running shoes are completely messing up our natural form.

    almost 7 years ago Like1 person

  • Rosmery H.
    Rosmery H.

    I'm assuming it is fairly normal to get blisters on the bottom of your feet when you first start?

    almost 7 years ago Like

  • Alan T.
    Alan T.

    I had some serious blisters when I began BF running. But that's because I was foolish - ran 1/2K the first day, 2K the next, 4K the next, and was running 14K BF by the week's end. If I'd known then what I know now (3 years later), I would have started very slowly and very gently, and avoided the blisters. If you focus on developing proper form, you shouldn't have any blister issues.

    almost 7 years ago Like2 people

  • Michele S.
    Michele S.

    For the blisters, I definitely agree with Alan. Go very slow. When I started barefoot, I increased by about 1/10th of a mile at a time. It was tediously slow, but it worked. The thing about blisters is that the skin will flake off and will take all of your hard work with it.

    almost 7 years ago Like1 person

  • Michele S.
    Michele S.

    The key is figuring out when you're getting a blister and stopping before it happens. I used to walk/run and think, "I have a pebble stuck to my foot" then I would do everything I could to knock off the pebble ... later to find out it was a blister. If you feel blisters starting, cool down your feet with ice, just like you do if you hurt any other body part. Don't soak them in hot water, as relaxing as that sounds ;)

    almost 7 years ago Like1 person

  • Rosmery H.
    Rosmery H.

    Ok, so maybe I need to do less right now? I feel a blister starting and I don't want it to sideline me.

    almost 7 years ago Like1 person