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Ease Your Way Into Barefoot Running

Disclaimer:  I own more than one pair of Five Fingers and I enjoy them a lot.  I also have a standup workstation.  And the fact that the author has a reference to thinking about walking that engages my fellowship.   I walk a great deal, but have never thought about it, and like running, I might learn something thinking about it.

I haven’t made the transition to barefoot running although I have started and stopped a number of times.  As a long term runner I am convinced that my muscle memory prefers my regular running shoes AND that barefoot running may ease a number of injuries and wear that one sees as well as improve my balance for other foot related activities. Of course I am going to start by running a lot of short distances for a long time to get my legs used to it.  I had to at the beginning of each soccer season when I shifted back into cleats.  The same with flat bottomed skating shoes.

But Mark’s Daily Apple talks about How to Make the Barefoot Transition.  I just learned about the Lacrosse Ball (although I use another type) last year, and it worked as a speaking/performance opener so well that I read his whole article and will get started with these tips as well:

  • Buy a Lacrosse Ball
  • Strengthen Your Feet
  • Think About Your Walking Form
  • Use Linear Progression
  • Sample New Ground Cautiously
  • Swallow Your Pride

 

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Injury Report: What Am I Supposed To Do?

Injured my calf in January and now find myself with the injury coming and going having to sit for an extended period of time.  Off the bike as it seems to tighten the calf and then it injures itself running.  After all these years of doing both, it seems odd that I finally am bitten with this sort of injury.  I haven’t changed my routine that much, and therein lies my problem.  But I can’t afford a coach and I don’t have a current running partner in Portland to lean on, so I am simply going to rest it, no running or biking for a week, and then ease back in.

Where does this leave me for the big Mother’s Day half marathon competition?  Reading Andrew Gertig’s article How to Hack a Marathon If You Aren’t a Runner for inspiration that no matter what training level I ultimately have, I will finish and survive it.  Blasting through the run in a top 10 age group time is out of the question now.

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Videos Teach Running

The New York Road Runners has created 83 free instructional videos that teach the fundamentals of running to coaches, teachers, parents and kids.

The videos, called “A Running Start,” include a variety of drills and activities with easy-to-grasp demonstrations. They are aimed mostly as elementary and middle-school children, but can be used by coaches to help them teach their athletes.

The six hours of videos took three years to produce, and can be viewed on the Road Runners’ Web site.

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Reprint: The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Barefoot Running

This is a reprint of a post written by Leo Babauta on ZenHabits. Read the full post and honor the original author @ http://zenhabits.net/barefoot-running/.  I just keep finding the really great articles missing later.

Leo says  “When I first heard about barefoot running, several years ago, I was skeptical — don’t we need cushion to protect us from injuries, and why would I want to run barefoot, anyway?”  And he mentions the same articles and the popularity of Christopher McDougall’s book, Born to Run and decided to give barefoot running a try. Why not?

Well, so did I.  What I found is that I am still adapting to running with my my Vibram Fivefinger KSOs or completely barefoot and I really appreciated his article and points and so I stored them here.  Take a look at what he has to say.

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Why Vibram Five Fingers?

It was this article originally published in the NYTimes by TARA PARKER-POPE that finally led me to purchase my Five Fingers Vibram shoes.  I have included the article here as I sometimes can’t get to the NYTimes.  It is better to click through and read the article on their site as it has all the related articles, pix, and comments.