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31  General Category / New Members Say Hello! / Re: Life-Changing? on: September 13, 2010, 03:26:57 AM
Sooo...Unexpected change:  My calves have increased in diameter by about one inch in approximately two months of running in my KSO's....

And now my wife has a pair of Sprints on order...
32  General Category / General Discussion / Re: I'm sorry, am I bothering you?! on: September 13, 2010, 03:22:18 AM
See the following posts:

Bystander Comments on Your VFFs and Barefooting and VFF Sightings in Public
33  General Category / Vibram Five Fingers Sizing and Fit Discussion / Re: Ummm... How do you get your pinkies in the toe pockets when wearing KSOs? on: September 13, 2010, 03:17:24 AM
I stop my toes at the beginning of the toe pocket, lining each one up. Then I put my index finger between the pinky toe pocket and the next one and coax my pinkie in. The first pair of KSO Trek that I tried on at EMS took me 20 minutes to get on. Now it just takes a few seconds. It's a great exercise for developing patience!!

This is also my technique  Smiley  It's weird that this conversation actually occurs when talking about adults putting on shoes....
34  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: Jaded or just stupid? on: September 10, 2010, 09:32:08 PM
Bud, you already know the answer.  It's totally normal (since you overdid it).  It'll get better....I guarantee it.
35  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: Stretching in vffs on: September 10, 2010, 07:31:29 PM
I definitely agree with the bent-knee calf stretch...before and after randomly throughout the day.
36  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Is there anything speeds don't do? on: September 03, 2010, 10:44:54 PM
Hmm...What Speeds don't do...........Uhh, get sold in the U.S. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
37  General Category / General Discussion / Re: VFF Sightings in Public on: September 01, 2010, 02:54:42 PM
Still waiting to see someone wearing them here in SoCal.......
......Still Waiting

i thought flip-flops was the mandated footwear down there..

LOL...good point!

I guess I'll have to keep an eye out for Zatoichi....
38  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Ladies: My wife HATES the look of my VFF's but I want her to try them. on: August 31, 2010, 11:57:06 PM
Well.... Grin.......My wife and I were on a walk in our neighborhood today and she was wearing her Merrill water shoes sans socks while pushing our daughter in the stroller.  I was pedaling along on my mtn bike giving my sore calves a break.  She developed blisters and I casually asked her if she would try some Sprints (since they look very similar to her shoes) just for exercise.  She said, "Yeah, as long as you don't get me some crazy color."  I'll be ordering her first VFF's in the next day or so!!!!!!
39  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: Calves, bicycles... on: August 30, 2010, 01:23:27 AM
I've been working out in gym for some time now in bare feet.  I recently bought VFF.  Recently I also saw the video of proper running technique with Lee Saxby.  The video is what really ignited the running for me.  Never was before.  Now I do barefoot runs on the treadmill.  It's all very new with supporters at my side.  I'm generally in pretty good shape with a unconventional training background.  lots of free weights, and toys that are not in most gyms.  Lots of variety.  With the barefoot treadmill running it is very easy to measure distance, and time.  My environment is controlled, and my running surface is predictable.  I have found it to be much easier to learn, and practice with complete bare feet.  You can feel the sensations in your feet much greater then wearing VFF  In fact my goal is too take the bare feet outside on the streets, and trails.  So this is a work in progress for me.  I'm very happy with form, and the bare feet is what has inspired me to do some running as well as hiking bare foot.  My barefoot running on treadmill is more like a floating sensation very light on my feet.  Much more low impact style of run compared to conventional shoe running.  This floating sensation is why I like it.  It's just fun.  It feels very natural to me to run like this correctly.  It's like being a kid again.  Though I would not mind a actual barefoot run clinic just to double check things.

As far as soreness yes I have it.  I'm new to running, and barefoot running.  At first the soreness was in my foot ankle area.  We have many, many muscles down there.  Muscles that I have never used like that before.  After my first run at 12 minutes at 4.4 mph my feet were pretty sore, but felt good.  Then the soreness started to move up my leg.  It actually is not our calves that are getting sore.  We have about 6-7 muscles below, and around the calves that start behind the ankle.  so yes it is the same general area, but it is actually not our calves.  Could be depending on your fitness level, but it is primarily other muscles around the calves.  Muscles you don't use much in conventional shoes.  I know my limits well.  the soreness feels good.  It is nice to let the feet be free, but I just feel the VFF is a bit too much between your sole, and the surface.  You just loose too much sensation.  Feeling that sensation really helps to dial in form.  Having the VFF on when you loose the sensation it can increase risk of over doing it.  Cause your body won't react as quickly with some sensations being blocked.  I'm just saying be mindful of that, but have fun with the VFF for running.
ROTFL....just sayin
40  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: Calves, bicycles... on: August 29, 2010, 05:08:56 PM

I have been increasing my distance a little at a time and trying to pick my speed up a little.  My calves are killing me again in the way that you describe.  I completely understand what you mean about over-thinking your stride (consciously or not)...
41  General Category / Vibram Five Fingers Mods and Repairs / Re: Warranty on: August 29, 2010, 03:12:08 PM
I think it's 90 days. I returned my KSO's to Vibram (bought direct) within the 90 days.  I had a stitching problem.  Took a while but I got the replacement.
42  General Category / General Discussion / Re: birthday shoes t-shirts? on: August 27, 2010, 02:56:20 PM
Anyone know if Justin reached the goal to get these shirts going?
43  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: Unexpected Guilty Pleasures!! on: August 27, 2010, 02:32:46 PM
SNOW?!?!  Is that the white stuff as seen in Christmas movies?  Not familiar with that here...Is it cold?
44  Barefoot Activities / Barefoot(ish) Activities / Re: first toe injury on: August 27, 2010, 01:48:06 AM
My first VFF injury occurred when I was running with one of my dogs.  We ran over a storm grate and he got spooked, darted ahead of me and into my path.  My pinky toe slammed into his incredibly tense achilles tendon on his hind leg.  This happened two weeks ago and my toe is still sore (but no longer purple)...
45  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: Unexpected Guilty Pleasures!! on: August 27, 2010, 01:40:11 AM
Wet sidewalks...Just enough to feel the moisture and then leave the toe prints behind  Grin........oh yeah, and the bumpy things.
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