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 on: June 27, 2016, 08:55:29 AM 
Started by zrunner - Last post by zrunner
ok thanks been trying that and also trying to shorten my walking stride. almost seems like maybe the same rules for running sortof apply. I still dont have the hang of it however for walking lol.

 on: June 27, 2016, 07:52:22 AM 
Started by zrunner - Last post by nowster
Same cadence and same "form", but lean forward a little more.

 on: June 26, 2016, 03:48:51 PM 
Started by zrunner - Last post by zrunner
is there a trick to walking quicker? I feel like i'm just leisurely strolling and struggle to walk any quicker without feeling like i'm a goof ball or something. is there a technique? or just practice makes perfect?

 on: June 24, 2016, 01:35:03 PM 
Started by SanjMerchant - Last post by SanjMerchant
So, my job generally runs towards business casual, and my Vibram Five Fingers are fine to wear around the office.  However, since it's an engineering firm, I do occasionally have to go to worksites where work-boot worthy stuff is happening.  (One time the contractor outright refused to let me on site until I went to a nearby shoe store and bought a pair of boots, and they fit poorly enough I'm just gonna give them to charity.)

So, despite the fact that minimalist shoes and work boots are meant to do opposite things, is there such a thing out there that might be a useful compromise between my comfort and my safety?

 on: June 24, 2016, 01:20:14 PM 
Started by zrunner - Last post by zrunner
all week long i've done almost all my running in vibrams. since monday I think it was I've done over 20 miles in vibrams alone. I changed my approach to a more midfoot strike with 0 push off or at least trying to not do that. and a lift my foot appraoch.

as a result all my pains are subsiding my feet are healing up and things are feeling pretty good maybe in a few more day I'll be as good as new. and I'm happily runnig in vibrams with an even higher cadence utilizing this approach.

Ok dont wanna jinx myself so fingers crossed that I figured this whole thing out.

 on: June 21, 2016, 09:30:45 AM 
Started by zrunner - Last post by zrunner
yeah that is what i have heard and read there has always just been a disconnect with the whole push off aspect. I will hear lift the foot from one group but then hear something like oh its like doing a ton of calf raises from another which tells me they must pushoff.

yest i did the lift and place approach while it felt foreign to me to some degree things worked out much better i'm going to keep practcing. I got done yest and thought if this is the part iw as missing then geeze i could run for ever in vibrams if i run like this!!

 on: June 21, 2016, 08:36:38 AM 
Started by zrunner - Last post by nowster
I believe that to go faster, the technique is to lean forward more whilst keeping the same rhythm.

 on: June 20, 2016, 06:02:41 PM 
Started by zrunner - Last post by zrunner
that feeling feels rather foregn to me and i notice somtimes when i get going its like i just sorta bounce off my feet like a fall where i just roll ove rmy feet.

but what about if you where to sprint? but then if to sprint you push off and put all this excess force on your forefoot then why would you wanna do that in a long 10 mile run?

this explains a lot nowster but for the life of me i feel like if i was in say a race or trying to go as fast as possible i'd pushing off?

I might need more practice with this but this also could explain my foot pain and stress issues.

I also notice it feels as if my feet are flatter having worn vibrams if this makes sense.

I know i read all the time tho as soon as that foot hits the ground yank it back up not PUSH OFF FULL THROTTLE ENGAGEING YOUR CALF. its way less force to just do what i did today and left the foot up and keep going way more gentle. I"m going to try this approach this week in vibrams and in my other 0 drop shoes and see how it goes.

I'll figure this crap out sooner or later! i certainly cant go back to heal striken!

 on: June 20, 2016, 05:57:08 PM 
Started by zrunner - Last post by nowster
There is no "push off". You should let gravity do its job as I said in the walking in VFFs post.

"Lift and place" is the same for walking and for running.

Your legs are springs, not motors.

 on: June 20, 2016, 12:57:18 PM 
Started by zrunner - Last post by zrunner
When running in vibrams in a forefoot strike when it comes time to land would you say it should be a more mid foot landing with a slight forefoot  on it as to not brace too too much with the calves such but rather land very gently? IE if i come down I've been coming down pretty hard on the fore foot but then lowering my heal as gently as i can but in order to do so thres a great deal of bracing going on in the top of my foot and with my calf muscles. Where if i land slightly more mid its a litlte more gentle.

When taking off would you say its more of a pushoff from the Glutes and hamstrings rahter then a forceful pushoff using the calves and putting a great deal of pressure on the forefoot. IE if i push off with glutes and hamstirngs theres more pressure at the heal when i take off then at the fore foot. But if i pushoff more with the calves then there is going to be more pressure in the forefoot.

Obviously I thikn some of this may very sprinting vs just a training run focusing on form etc... But I have to wonder if part of my problem is landing hard on the fore foot vs a more midfoot slightly fore foot landing and taking off more with the calf instead of using my glutes and hamstrings. This might be whats causing so much stress in my feet etc... In time it might be easier for me to do that but for now maybe its better that i back off and besides this is a lot more gentle it seems.

Whats everyones opinion? I hope I asked this in a way that can be understood.

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