Comment from: Matt [Visitor]

First of all, I think you posted the wrong video. But the one you did post is a good one as well.

Secondly, it was interesting to read Edward's view on barefoot and minimalist training. He still seems a little pessimistic about what our feet are capable of, though. With good barefoot running technique, the chance of injury is very, very minimal.

There are rumors that many elite runners do some of their training barefoot.

06/29/10 @ 09:40
Comment from: Tyler Toone [Visitor]  
Tyler Toone

Great interview with Edward. I really like his practical approach to running and keeping a balance based on the individual's body and fitness level. I have been running in VFFs for about 3 weeks, and before that I would throw in a few barefoot sessions. It has greatly helped me improve my form and it makes running in regular shoes more enjoyable. I really want to get some racing flats to train in as well, ones that would allow me to extend my distance and also transition well on both road and trail. Any suggestions?

06/29/10 @ 13:30
Comment from: [Member]


There are lots of racing flat choices out there. Some are more for road racing and some are more for trails. For instance, the Saucony Grid Type A4 is more of a road racer, while the Saucony Shay XC 2 is more of a trail racer. The latter comes in a flat or with spikes.

06/29/10 @ 13:56
Comment from: Lindsey [Visitor]

I bought the Saucony Shay XC 2 and ended up returning them. They are a great shoe, but obviously designed for XC trails. If you're looking for a flat for trails, I would suggest these. But since I wanted to use them on roads and tracks, I decided they weren't the best choice and decided to just get it over with and get a pair of the Mizuno Wave Universe 3s. Hopefully those will work better for me.

06/29/10 @ 15:58
Comment from: ashegam [Visitor]  

I run in nothing but racing flats and my VFF Bikilas. I was lucky enough to research running shoes before I started running on a regular bases, so right from the get go my legs started getting used to minimalist shoe. Today I can't bare the thought of running in regular running shoes. They are too bulky, heavy and I sure don't "feel" any of the so called technology that has gone into them. They look pretty and colorful and that's where the interest stops for me. I run in the Asics Piranha SP 2's that weigh about 4.2 oz.

06/29/10 @ 16:28
Comment from: Anders [Visitor]

Great interview, nice to see the views of competitive runners. It seems to me that many/most representatives from the barefoot running community are not very result-oriented.

I do think that for racing a marathon, shoes can improve performance by delaying fatigue of lower legs, and make it possible to maintain speed even when technique breaks down a bit towards the end of the race. However, this will be a balance between weight on your feet and what you gain, a balance which probably varies between people.

In the barefoot community I often hear "barefoot is the best", but I rather think like this runner that "barefoot is the base". Train minimal and barefoot, and compete in shoes, but no more shoe than you need. The more barefoot base, the less shoe you need.

06/30/10 @ 06:00
Comment from: robb. [Visitor]

i tried running in my sprints, but the strap rubbed a lot on the top of my foot. i ran a half marathon in flows, which worked pretty well. they were too big, though, so i sold them to a friend and moved on to terra plana EVOs. i like them pretty well. the blister issues are gone, and i don't have to talk about them with other runners during the race.

i have looked into racing flats, but most of them have a positive heel, which really feels awful after a year of dedicated minimal running. the flattest i've found is the asics pirhana SP3. 14mm heel, 10mm forefoot. if nike ever came out with a version of free that was flat, i think i'd buy 10 pairs. but they're too narrow.

06/30/10 @ 08:23
Comment from: Marcus [Visitor]  

I'm thrilled to read this actually. I've been doing roughly the same thing as it just "felt right" given that occasionally my VFF's literally rubbed me the wrong way on the toes (I just have big fat toes).

Since I'm training for the Marine Corps Marathon, I can't just take two or three days off to nurse a blister or a sore forefoot.

I've been supplementing with racing flats (Nike Waffle Zoom)and just love the combination. The distance hasn't bothered me really and I'm moving my distances up enough to be able to hold onto my form.

I thought I might be the only guy in this camp that says "always barefoot might not be that great either" so this is interesting for me to see.

06/30/10 @ 20:45
Comment from: Hudson [Visitor]

Does anyone know how Edwards training is going now?

06/11/13 @ 12:27

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