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« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2009, 07:21:38 AM »


The other problem is that BF/VFF running puts more stress on the calf muscles (an inherent attribute of the midfoot strike) than does running in normal shoes.

I'm learning the truth of that! <g> I didn't run yesterday, simply because my calf muscles were so tight. Got back to it today, though, and did a very pleasant 5K barefoot run. A lovely, cool summer morning here in southern Ontario, which helped make for a really great run. I also found that I'm getting back to a decent pace while running barefoot. Now, I have to work carefully at building BF distance; over time, I'll work at increasing my pace too.

So, since my first barefoot run last Tuesday, I've run 16K BF. I'm really happy about that, and looking forward to what happens in the coming week (and weeks). Thanks to you folks for being there and being supportive. It helps a lot!

Alan

So it sounds like you're training exclusively BF? I've heard that's the best way to transition from trainers (as opposed to what I'm doing, which is train mostly in trainers and get a small amount of mileage in BF) - if I didn't have the upcoming XC season to train for I would absolutely transition the way you are.

Also, on your blog, when you say you went "slowly" at 6:24 pace - you do mean min/KM correct? (I'm used to min/mi, being in the US) - 6:24 min/mi would be blazingly fast BF training run!! (at least by my standards) - I might be able to run that shod in a 10K (race) but I can't even sustain 7:45 min/mi BF for 2k!!


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« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2009, 07:37:37 AM »

Yes, 6:24 is mins/km. I wouldn't recognize measurements in the old "Imperial" system anymore. I've been metric for way too long. <g>

And yes, I've gone directly from shod to BF. I hadn't planned it that way, but my VFF Classics have taken so long to come from Vibram USA that I just went out one day for a short BF run, and that was it. The icing on the cake happened yesterday, when I finished reading Christopher McDougall's "Born to Run." I think I'm a lost puppy to BF!

Next step is a race. I've got a 16K race coming up in a couple of weeks that I think I will do BF. In August, a couple of 10Ks, and then a couple of half marathons on September and November. The latter seem long distances for BF, but I'm doing well, so maybe I'll  give them a try.

By the way, I got a really nice piece of wisdom from "Born to Run." Actually, from Barefoot Ted, who's quoted in the book as saying that, in learning to run BF, you start with easy, go to light, then to smooth, then to fast. Right now, I'm going from easy to light...

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« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2009, 08:24:30 PM »

Actually, I think that was Caballo Blanco that said that.....about running in the Copper Canyons in general.
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« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2009, 08:05:59 AM »

I stand corrected. (Barefoot, of course! <g>)

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« Reply #19 on: July 07, 2009, 01:35:13 PM »

I've completed my first week of BF running! Hooray!

And, of course, wrote about it on my blog:

http://thwaits.wordpress.com/

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« Reply #20 on: July 09, 2009, 08:09:07 AM »

Congrats! Will read about it when I get the chance.
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« Reply #21 on: July 09, 2009, 03:35:17 PM »

Have added another update to my running blog.

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