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Slow and Steady Wins The Race
I notice that a lot of the new Barefoot Runners, are so excited that they seem to be jumping the gun. Yes its a brand new way of running, its something exciting and addicting. But its something you can do for a lifetime, you need to gain the experience just like with anything running. If you have never ran before and you enter a marathon you really think you will perform at your highest peek on the first race?
The same goes for BFR, there are steps you will have to take to prevent yourself from being injured, burning out, or just quiting all together. Its a part of the journey into shaping yourself into a healthy, out going, great barefoot runner.
A couple things you can do to start is exercise those feet, walk in place and build up to a slow run, get the feel for touching the ground lightly with more steps, your stride is going to be shorter while bare foot running. Walk around your home, your yard, ease into being barefoot. Try out new surfaces, but try and start on the smooth ground and grasses, your local track, then move outside a little hit some road a little bit of gravel… but do not make it agonizing, just do it enough to where you wont experience to much pain, calve workouts will always help during the process.
Build up to your runs, start off slow, low lengths, try and do barefoot 3 times a week if you can with your running, and by the end of the month try and get yourself to run 3-4 miles with no pain and a good pace.
The whole reason to start barefoot then move to your minimalist shoes is to gain the right and proper technique, working your feet and the tendons/muscles to perform the right way. A lot of runners who have been running 10+ years that are now switching to barefoot, themselves are having to re-learn proper running. So do not give up and think the slow start is a waste of time, we all go through it, the wait is the worth. Remember barefoot running is the right way to run, so when you want to slip on those minimalist shoes, you will have the proper technique and be able to use them the way they were intended.
Hit some 5k - 10k races barefoot, bring a long an extra pair of minimalist shoes if you don’t think you will be able to do it all. But no shame in it at all, you are just learning the process, and every step barefoot counts! Good luck to all
My New Vibram Komodo’s
So it has finally come!
I woke up this morning at 7:30 to go out and cash my check, and headed straight to my local REI store (30 miles away) but it was all worth it. I originally went in to get the bikila LS, the woman decided to bring out all the vibrams for me to try on, and thankfully she did.
What turned into a great shoe shopping experience for once, i tried them all and when i plugged my foot into the komodo’s i was hooked, i got up and started running around the store, and felt great. Not only was this lady very nice, she was VERY knowledgeable about the vibrams, i did my fair share of research on them all, but she just had that positive attitude and information that said, Randy you need these.
Finally the anticipated drive home, strapped them back on hit the road, and busted out a easy 8 miles, running was fantastic (not like my bare foots) but just as good, very pleased very satisfied and excited to get them KSO’s next.
Why I Chose A Natural Running Lifestyle
Well, after a month of researching why natural running & minimalist running is a better form of running i took it up. Started off slow, very slow just a couple miles barefoot every other day, and that was included on a regular run. As of today June/2/2011 i will have my new vibram five fingers (so excited). It not only made my running better, physically, posture, pace, and mentally…. It improved me as a person.
Barefoot running is a part of my personality and it very much shows. I am a 24 year old father of 1 baby boy ‘Talon’, and a noc shift working CNA, running just put itself in my life and filled that little void of me needing to compete with myself, push myself, and have something else just for me to strive for.
Since running i have quit smoking and drinking (cold turkey), and have not looked back on it. My life has had a major improvement, and its all thanks to the minimalist and natural barefoot running. Watching the movies, reading the books, hitting the road/trails, and everyday pushing myself to get closer to those amazing ultra runs.
I am more ambitious (even though it was always there), my goals have improved, my all around personality is 2x’s as better. I don’t treat it just for running, i am one of those crazies who implement it in my everyday lifestyle on and off the road. As a father, a brother, a son and a friend, it tends to rub off.
And my Favorite part of it all, i get to share my knowledge my adventures and stories with the world, those who want to know more, what it can do, how it can help, its knowledge that few seem to have unless they have made it a habit. Its healthy, its real and its ALL NATURAL.
Barefoot running in a sense really did save my life, and the community of natural/minimalist runners is amazing.
Send me your story of what barefoot running has done for you!
Minimalist Runners RUN WITH PRIDE!
They might think the shoes look stupid, They might think your goals are insane, They might look at you different…….BUT YOU ARE THE ONE RUNNING!
Outsiders looking in on the Barefoot & Minimalist running style seem to have nothing but comments and huge optimism about it. But you know what, who cares! Go for your goals, hit that ultra run with some minimalist shoes, and do some of it barefoot, be proud of the lifestyle of running you have chose, strap on a pair of five fingers with pride.
Run down that road barefoot, look straight reach your goals. Teach people about what you are doing, help them understand what it does, how it changed you, what it does for your running, your lifestyle, the way you live.
Minimalism runners, are some of the happiest down to earth, easy going people, on and off the trails/road. Build your goals step by step, every time your foot pounds the ground be happy knowing you are a healthy living, minimalist thinking, goal achieving runner.
HELP EXPAND THE TRIBE OF BAREFOOT RUNNERS AND MINIMALIST RUNNERS.
Good luck to everyone on there journey into the good life of running, expand your mind, help your body, and stay healthy.