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snaga

Barefoot running shoes?

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so, being fairly new to running, I don't have a lifetime of bad habits to break, I've been concentrating on form over pace these past couple of months, and think my form isn't too bad.

I've been looking are barefoot running shoes, or minimalist shoes, I think the transition shouldn't be too bad as my form is quite good. Just ordered a cheap pair of Amazon that have loads of good reviews, just so I can try it out before buying a more expensive pair, such as vibram barefoot.

Incidentally, I think they got the price wrong for this colour, the others at £10 more.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B085DLD7Y2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I think the idea behind them appeals to me, and I'd think chimes well with other DOSBODDERs, basically nature did a far better job of designing the human body than Nike ever could.

Has anyone tried them? the pair I've ordered won't be any good for wet weather/winter so if I stick with it I will need to consider winter conditions, and I don't like cold feet :(

Going to use them for walking the dog for the first month, then start with a few short runs and build up if I'm enjoying it.

 

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I use 6 or 9mm drop shoes and I find they allow you to run naturally yet also provide a bit of support / cushioning that running on pavements etc can be helpful. 

I walk in five fingers quite a lot in nice weather but I wouldn't want to run long distances in them. 

Most important thing. Take it easy and build up slowly. 

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I wear these for road. Seems a 10mm drop. Really lightweight and lovely to run in. You only really notice how big and clunky "normal " running shoes are when you compare them side by side.

 

I wear these for off road. Even lighter. 3mm drop iirc.

https://running.shop/uk/inov-8-x-talon-210-unisex-000708-orbk-p-01?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIp4G_gO2n6gIVGODtCh3KwwIDEAQYCCABEgIzqvD_BwE

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I have some nike pegasus trail shoes, last years model so I got so good price. They are the first running shoe I have bought, rather than fashion trainers, so nothing to compare with.

I'm running to heart rate, actully using MAF method for past 4 weeks, seems to suit me well. Already taken 2m off a 5 mile loop I run to measure progress.

 

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Nothing better than that feeling just after finishing a hard run dripping in sweat. 

Well maybe an ice cold pint of T but it's a close call. 

In fact the first followed by the second is like heaven. :D

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Best pair I ever had was the original New Balance Minimus(?) with soles that must have been 3mm thick.  Forefoot running takes a while to get used to but once you're adapted you'll never heel strike in a pair of moon boot Nikes again.  

I wore them out and never found the same style again.

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4 hours ago, Loki said:

Best pair I ever had was the original New Balance Minimus(?) with soles that must have been 3mm thick.  Forefoot running takes a while to get used to but once you're adapted you'll never heel strike in a pair of moon boot Nikes again.  

I wore them out and never found the same style again.

yes, as I mentioned, I've been working on form, and I don't heal strike :)

One thing that surprised me, all these sport scientists are quoting 180spm is the ideal cadence, and this seems to come from someone counting the cadence of elite runners. Not exactly science is it, can these sports scientists do maths? here's a clue ...

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seems to me there could be a dosbods start up opportunity to calculate individual optimal natural running frequency as it's likely to vary between individuals, height, weight, inside leg, weight of shoes … etc

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Well I just looked at my Garmin stats and my cadence seems to be 175 or so for most of my runs. 

I'm assuming the watch somehow equates the arm movement to your feet ? :S

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I use vivobarefoot for the gym. They fit me well (are quite wide) and last many years.  I know someone who uses them for running also. 

Used to be reasonably priced when sports direct has them 10 years ago, now priced over £100 everywhere. 

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1 hour ago, Bear Hug said:

I use vivobarefoot for the gym. They fit me well (are quite wide) and last many years.  I know someone who uses them for running also. 

Used to be reasonably priced when sports direct has them 10 years ago, now priced over £100 everywhere. 

yeah, the price seems a rip off, but then they are made in the UK? or is that another brand?

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14 minutes ago, snaga said:

yeah, the price seems a rip off, but then they are made in the UK? or is that another brand?

Not sure where they are made but the company Terra Plana is British apparently

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