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1  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: VFF Running on: September 28, 2010, 10:21:17 PM
Well let's see.  What have I done since I last posted.  I started doing long runs on Saturdays.  My longest run is 11 miles now.  I followed it up with an 8 mile run a week later.  I think on the 8 mile run I might have twisted or tweaked my knee.  Not sure how, but I think it had something to do with the grass on the side of the road.  It is not in the best shape and I find it harder to run on than some technical trails. 

I did manage to PR in a 5k not to long again.  I finally managed to run under 25 minutes.  My time was 24:33 and I think I finished 5th in my age group.  I really need to start working on speedwork because the older I get the faster I will need to go if I want to place in the top 3 in my age group.  For some reason men in there 30s run really fast. 

I was thinking about enter a 1/2 marathon on 10/10/10, but I decided against it because I can't justify the cost associated with the race.  It is a $40 entry fee.  I think I would rather just map out a 13.1 mile loop around my house. 
2  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: Barefoot Ted McDonald's Luna huarache review- awesome minimalist shoe on: August 27, 2010, 11:16:28 AM
I read the review.  I was trying to get more feedback.
3  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: Barefoot Ted McDonald's Luna huarache review- awesome minimalist shoe on: August 27, 2010, 10:25:16 AM
Great read.  Thanks,

I am thinking about picking up a pair.  Should I get the hemp laces?  I have been having issues with some leather laces that loosen up over extended use and I am thinking that hemp laces might solve this problem.  What are your thoughts?
4  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: VFF Running on: August 27, 2010, 10:23:10 AM
Toastergirl,

How can you handle running the same area for that long?  I get bored of the 2 mile route I run around my house.  Then again I do run that route pretty much every day.  I think I just need to say I am going to a run and just run and not have a perticular place in mind.

I took last night off.  My foot was feeling better since I put a band aid on the area the was sensitive and wore my treks for added protection.  The only problem I have with my treks is the stitching on the inside is causing some discomfort.  I had a blister by the end of the day.  I am not sure how I am going to fix that.  It is in the same area I got a blister when I did a 5 mile run in them.  Looks like I am going to have to put a band aid in that area if I decide to wear them.  I don't run many trails so I don't think I will worry about it to much. 

I also read Last Place Jason's blog post on his review of the Luna Sandals.  I am a little sadden by the fact I might have to purchase a pair.  I am realyl getting tired of buying shoes when I could just run barefoot if I would take more time to get used to it.
5  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: 2nd Place L.A. Mud run in a pair of Kso Treks on: August 26, 2010, 09:21:59 AM
Nice work.  I would say that your blog inspires me to push on.  It is also humbling to know how slow I really am.  Tongue
6  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: VFF Running on: August 24, 2010, 12:06:35 PM
I ran barefoot last night.  I made it about 2.8 miles before I put my shoes back on.  The sidewalks were terrible.  I spent most of the time running in grass and that is not and easy task, because the grass on the side of the road is never level.  I have a small blister, which should go away soon.  I really think I need to find shoes that work for me.  So far the Bikila have been getting the job done.  I find my classics and sprints slide to much on my feet and cause blisters.  This is why I ran barefoot yesterday, because I could feel that a really nasty blister was going to form if I continued running on it.  

I think the reason why I can't run barefoot is I have bruising on my heels.  It makes it really hard to "kiss" the ground with a bruised heel.  I am also stubborn and would rather just put on my Bikila and get a few miles in.  It offers enough protection that it doesn't cause discomfort.  I am going to be running a 5k on September 12th and would have liked to do it barefoot, but I would prefer a PR and that means protection.  
7  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: VFF Running on: August 20, 2010, 10:22:55 AM
I need to stop running barefoot at night.  My street is not condusive to that type of activity.  I have ran a 5k barefoot and could easily run 2 miles barefoot, but not being able to see the path in front of me, I landed on a lot of sharp and pointy stones.  I decided to walk the rest of the way home.  I should have carried shoes with me as most barefoot runners suggest.  I felt good until I went from the street to the sidewalk and instead of stepping down on sidewalk it was 3 different rocks.  It was not very fun and I think I bruised my foot again.  I am still nursing a foot bruising the last time I tried this. 
8  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: VFF Running on: August 19, 2010, 11:51:18 AM
I ran 5 miles in treks on Sunday.  I got them wet and they started to slide around.  That then caused blisters on my right foot.  I guess I should tighten them a little more than I think I need just in case they get wet again.  I ran 2 miles on Monday and 4 miles on Tuesday.  I took yesterday off to let the blister heal.  It was feeling that great.  Plus I think I needed a rest.  I did manage to run the 4 miles with a 9 minute per mile pace.  I think that is a good improvement.  I think I normal ran a 9:30 or 10 minute pace prior.
9  General Category / Vibram Five Fingers Sizing and Fit Discussion / Re: Bikilas feel like too much shoe after Classics + questions on: August 17, 2010, 11:36:58 AM
The Bikila is by far the hardest shoe to put on.  It is hard to recommend changing out the size unless you have ran in them and they cause discomfort.  I wear size 40 in everything and I thought about sizing up in the Bikila, but I haven't because I am sure that will cause more problems than it is worth.  The time savings would be maybe 2 - 3 minutes.  I will rather take the time to put on a properly fitting shoe than risk blisters.
10  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: VFF Running on: August 16, 2010, 08:46:18 PM
I picked up some compression shorts after experiencing some chaffing over the weekend.  I ran 2 miles on Saturday and 5 miles on Sunday.  The 2 miler on Saturday was barefoot.   The 5 miler was in Treks.  I really need to tighten more shoes more before I start running or avoid getting the treks wet.  I might really have to look at the sport treks for a trail shoe.  At least trails with creek crossings.

I tested the compression shorts out today with a 2 mile run.  They worked well.  I think that is the route I am going to go from now on.
11  General Category / Birthdayshoes.com General Discussion / Re: The hippies seem to be catching on to VFFs! on: August 12, 2010, 09:47:00 PM
They are KSO's.  The female color option.
12  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: VFF Running on: August 12, 2010, 09:44:02 PM
I just finished a 2.2 mile run with the dog.  If I am going to take him with me I should really consider running barefoot.  He slows my pace considerably and I know he can barely make that distance in this heat.  I guess I could just stop wearing a watch and enjoy the run. 
13  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: Some dude won an ultra today wearing Vibram Kso treks on: August 11, 2010, 03:13:34 PM
I tried on the evos. The toe box seems to small for a minimalist shoe. I don't think they are worth $160.  Running as much as you do, I think your are going to have difficutly finding a reliable minimalist shoe.

Awesome job on the race. Very inspirational stuff.
14  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: Burning River 100 miler race report: 33.3 miles barefoot; 67.8 in huaraches on: August 11, 2010, 11:41:28 AM
Jason great job.  I look forward to your review of Barefoot Ted's Luna Sandals.  I am considering ordering a pair. 
15  Barefoot Activities / VFF, Barefoot, or Natural Running Discussion / Re: VFF Running on: August 11, 2010, 08:54:47 AM
I think it was in the 90 degree area (32C) with high humidity.  The surface I was running on was black and there was barely any shade to be found.  I ran on the grass a little to try and go further, but the process had already started.  I could feel the start of the burning sensation in the pads of my feet. 

I added leather to the top of my rubber huaraches yesterday and wanted to try them out.  I don't think I have to tie down right because I could feel a blister would have formed if I continued.  So I took them off and ran 2 miles barefoot.  I would recommend running at night and my bruised heel would agree.
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