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Re: Running

Post by mcteeth » Thu May 02, 2013 1:06 pm

Anyone on here run with barefoot style footwear?

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Re: Running

Post by Rover the Top » Thu May 02, 2013 1:30 pm

That sounds like the most ridiculous oxymoron...

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Re: Running

Post by Rovertheseas » Thu May 02, 2013 1:36 pm

mcteeth wrote:Anyone on here run with barefoot style footwear?
No. Heard good stuff about it for reducing stress injuries etc, but apparently they can split relatively easy, and running on uneven surfaces can be quite painful.

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Re: Running

Post by theadore » Thu May 02, 2013 1:41 pm

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Re: Running

Post by Dan » Thu May 02, 2013 2:31 pm

That's what puts me off anything like that, bumpy painful surfaces. I've heard all the good points; reducing injuries, providing a more natural running style, etc, but I think I'll stick to my nice built up cushioned trainers. Plus they look weird.

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Re: Running

Post by Savory » Thu May 02, 2013 9:33 pm

How much are they, might just get a pair for the 10k

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Re: Running

Post by Rovertheseas » Thu May 02, 2013 9:37 pm

Savory wrote:How much are they, might just get a pair for the 10k
Relatively expensive, you'd struggle to find a decent pair for under 70 quid. You could just run bare-foot though. That's cheap.

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Re: Running

Post by Gibbon » Thu May 02, 2013 10:02 pm

Savory wrote:How much are they, might just get a pair for the 10k
You should, you'd have to run twice as fast as everyone else to get away from all the laughter.

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Re: Running

Post by mcteeth » Fri May 03, 2013 11:05 am

I ask mainly because I've been using Vibram 5 Fingers for about a year now to great effect. Always struggled running in big cushioned running shoes, had problems with my knees and IT bands beyond around 5k. Was completed inspired by the book 'Born to Run' which is a cracking read regardless, but the simply logic in how our body was designing to run rang true for me.

Hardest thing was getting my calves used to the style as you've got to build up to it as initially they were in agony, but once you're through that I find it very comfortable and very fast.

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Re: Running

Post by Rovertheseas » Fri May 03, 2013 11:39 am

Do you not struggle on rocky ground?

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Re: Running

Post by mcteeth » Fri May 03, 2013 12:13 pm

I've never really ran over properly rough terrain, although used them all last summer walking in Devon up and around cliffs without issue.

It sounds really hippy and lame but I just enjoy the sensation of your foot doing what it was designed to do, as a piece of engineering it is absolutely amazing.

I built up my running on treadmills and mainly run in London along a canal/in parks so the terrain is flat and easy.

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Re: Running

Post by Savory » Fri May 03, 2013 12:26 pm

Gibbon wrote:
Savory wrote:How much are they, might just get a pair for the 10k
You should, you'd have to run twice as fast as everyone else to get away from all the laughter.
could be useful if a bomb goes off too...

might just wear them for footy anyway 8-)

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Re: Running

Post by mrblackbat » Tue May 07, 2013 10:17 am

I run in Salford. "Barefoot" shoes are just not an option. Also, you don't have to get the five fingers, most of the people I know who use them say the Merrill ones are miles better and don't have the weird toes.

Though if you're getting pain running in "normal" running shoes, you probably have the wrong type - get someone who knows what they're talking about to watch you run and see how much you pronate, they'll then be able to get the right pair of shoes. There's actually very little cushioning on mine, cause that actually is more likely to cause injury in my case. It's the same with bike saddles - cushioning doesn't equal good.

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Re: Running

Post by Rovertheseas » Tue May 07, 2013 10:30 am

Ran Tough Mudder on Saturday. Was both the most exhilarating and toughest thing I've ever done. Well worth it though, as long as you don't mind getting exceptionally muddy. 12 miles long, 22 obstacles. The worse one was definitely the 'Electric Eel', which involves army crawling through a few inches of water with electric wires carrying a 10,000 volt shock hanging above you. Impossible to dodge them all, and it does not tickle! Other highlights included the 'Arctic Enema' ( :shock: ) which was so cold I couldn't talk for a minute or two after. Absolutely killed my legs, running in the mud was a real challenge as it's often knee-deep.

Despite all that, I would highly recommend it, as the sense of satisfaction when you finish, and the camaraderie on the course, was amazing.

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Re: Running

Post by mrblackbat » Tue May 07, 2013 12:47 pm

Really doesn't sound enjoyable at all. Thanks for confirming!

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