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Barefoot Running: What is the right form?

I recently bought a pair of minimalistic running shoes. As I did some "research" beforehand, I came to the conclusion that whether barefoot running is considered "good" or "healthy" is mainly based on ...
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1answer
80 views

My first minimalistic/barefoot shoe

I'm planning to buy my first minimalistic shoe, and I've encountered some attributes of certain shoes that I understand now, but still, I don't know what footbed or drop parameters should I buy in the ...
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1answer
178 views

What is the mileage needed to run half-marathon in minimalist shoes without injury?

I have been running in minimalist shoes for about 4 months now, gradually getting to 40-80 km a month. The maximum distance I have run so far is 12 kilometers. I want to run a half-marathon in about ...
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5answers
697 views

How can I learn running barefoot on asphalt without having blisters?

I have been running for years for fun. Since last year I am interested in marathons. I attended 2 marathons and currently getting prepared for Munich marathon. I run 4 times a week. And I would like ...
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1answer
392 views

How should I transition into minimalist running shoes?

I have spent the last few years running in stability shoes with orthotics (Brooks Adrenaline line) to prevent ankle pain caused by overpronation. My joints and muscles are fine after long runs ...
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3answers
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How to avoid blisters while running barefoot?

I have started to run barefoot because no shoe suits my feet perfectly. I ran a half marathon yesterday and made my PB too, I am happy. But during the course of running I developed blisters. I enjoy ...
5
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1answer
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Do “barefoot” runners need a different warm-up?

I normally run 10-15 km training runs. My warm-up has always been nothing more than starting very slowly- I run the first 3 km at a crawl, really. A few months ago I switched to "barefoot" running, ...
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Is running barefoot on pavement beneficial or detrimental to flat feet?

I have been told by the doctor that barefoot walking is good as long as it is on a rugged surface (grass, gravel, sand, ...) but I should not walk barefoot on a pavement or home. Simultaneously, ...
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5answers
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Do the calves/achilles muscles become especially sensitive when barefoot running?

I've been running in vibrams for around a year, gradually increasing speed and distance (to about 12 km)(a longer description of how I moved into vibrams is in this question). A few days ago I felt a ...
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1answer
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Is there a way to prevent swollen feet from barefoot running?

I'm doing barefoot running on streets (tarmac) for approximately one month now. In this time I had several blisters, scratches and pain in the ankle. Now everything works pretty fine, except my feet ...
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3answers
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Does running in Vibrams (or some other minimalist shoes) make you run faster?

I have been running for about 20 years, mostly 10-21 km over the past few years. This past year I've transitioned into running in Vibrams - in the simplest model I found - and about two month ago I ...
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1answer
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Calf muscle recovery time when adapting to forefoot/barefoot running?

I've been adjusting to forefoot/barefoot running for a couple months now. I keep extending my distance or increasing my speed or improving my form. Consequently, my calves have been staying sore for ...
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1answer
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Injury risks running on sand vs solid surfaces?

I normally do a fair amount of barefoot running on grass, dirt, and pavement, but on a recent trip, I ended a couple of runs with several miles on sand. It felt easier on my calves and lower legs ...
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1answer
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Will the pain from running in Vibrams on roads go away?

I have been running in Vibrams now for quite a while (up to 8 miles at a time, at a 8:20 pace). It is almost completely painless when I don't run on roads. However, when I do, my feet hurt as though I ...
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5answers
411 views

Barefoot running in cold weather

I've recently moved to a new city where I've been told the temperature usually settles around -20 deg C in the mid-winter. I either run in Merrell Pace gloves or VFFs, and I've found that when the ...
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2answers
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Having sharp, pulsating stinging pain in upper left foot. [closed]

I borrowed the picture from someone else's foot problem that, when I read further, didn't seem to be what I'm going through. Edit: (>_<) Scratch the picture, because I'm a new user I can't use ...
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6answers
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Alternatives to Vibram Five Fingers

I'd like to wear VFFs for running, but unfortunately I have odd shaped/length toes and feet that make these almost impossible to wear. Are there any reasonably priced alternatives that I could look ...
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2answers
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Easing the soreness from new exercises

I'm sure we're all familiar with the soreness that comes from a new form of exercise that impacts muscles that haven't been overly stressed (or at least not for a long time). For example, I recently ...
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2answers
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Pain in the top of my foot

I'm having some minor (uncomfortable) pain in the outside top of my right foot (think around the inferior peroneal retinaculum or the inferior extensor retinaculum near the external malleolus). It ...
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5answers
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Can I run barefeet on asphalt?

Can I run barefoot on asphalt concrete to the nearest park (1km) without damaging my feet? I'd do this every other day. I've been running 2-5km three times a week for a year running barefeet, except ...
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11answers
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Experiences with 'barefoot' running

I have heard a lot about the 'barefoot' running idea that has seemed to gain a lot of popularity with the book "Born to Run". The main idea is that the human foot has evolved to be very effective at ...
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13answers
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What are the downsides of minimalist running shoes?

Over the past few years, barefoot (or close to it) running has become extremely popular. New Balance, Nike, Saucony, and I'm sure more have come out with minimal shoes, not to mention the Vibram Five ...