Friday, July 08, 2011

2011 Thus Far

Life's been very busy since last December. I spent much of my free time in early spring starting several new gardens in the yard. Then I organized this year's Round Hill Hometown Festival 5k on Memorial Day weekend. We had a record turnout this year, including a local school running club. Soon after the dust settled, I was taking off my shoes and running barefoot again. Amazingly, I am not starting from scratch with my soles. They kept a good deal of their toughness, so getting up to a 3 mile run only took a couple weeks.

The best part is, while out in the new front yard garden, I met a guy walking his daughter home. Turns out he was wearing VFFs and planned on running the RH5K. I now have a running partner for an early bird run on Monday mornings. He's even trying a bit of the run barefoot! Nice to find someone else who doesn't think it's crazy.

34 comments:

dan said...

You run barefoot on asphalt? I've been doing it on the beach but can't bring myself to take my vffs off when running on the street or trailing? What are the benefits ?

Weight Loss UK said...

Running or walking barefoot is not crazy at all. I love to walk barefoot on grass.

Stephanie said...

I love running barefoot as well! I am actually working with the Merrell Naked Foot 5K, the First-Ever National Barefoot Running Series. This year we will be hosting events in Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, Tennessee and Texas. www.thenakedfoot5k.com

filotas said...

Were can I get VFF if I am from Europe? I read a lot about them and I want to try them, maybe this way I will prepare myself for the challenge of barefoot

pagg stack said...

Keep running and walking it will definitely helps you in losing weight

wqc2011 said...

Remember to pay close attention to details of the product, as well as its description.Also, it is a must to have your feet measured before buying fashion shoes online. Since you are purchasing online, you wouldn t be able to try the vibram five fingers sale on and determine if it s the right fit.

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Anonymous said...

Hey check out my friends stretching video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYGX7nuz3fk&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

emedoutlet said...

It is difficult to run barefoot on any surface. But If you can do it, it is beneficial too. It is not crazy, but I can't run barefoot.

Anonymous said...

I don't think it's nuts to run barefoot, but I am confussed and seems no one can answer my question. Some say running barefoot is our natural way and it's how we started, but then why do we bother with orthodics?

Anonymous said...

Just noticed there is another anonymous. I'm the one asking about orthodics
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Nick Jacobs said...

I'm willing to try anything to help me with staying healthy while traveling. It's so hard to stay in shape when you're on the road.

Kenneth Gibbons said...

I was told by my doctor I need to lose weight. I started running and found I love it. Great job on the blog! I enjoyed reading it.

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Park Run Harrogate said...

I first saw these VFF being worn by Flea from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in a UK Running Magazine Interview. I'd love to give them a try.
ps Great Blog!!

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Anchovie said...

20 years running, the last 2 in VFF's....and it has been my first 2 without pain somewhere in my body. Your doing everything right, I started the transition from standard shoes by running the first mile in a loop around my house in VFF, then stopping and switching back to "standards" and finishing my run, eventually I just quite coming back by the house. fatigue from running utilizing all the leg muscles is the biggest hurdle, our feet were disigned to handle the load! Good luck.

terri said...

Anyone have thoughts on injuries w/ VFF vs. traditional running shoes?

Run-Dream-Achieve said...

Running barefoot is not crazy unless you can take it depends on the surface you're running into.

Anonymous said...

Barefoot running? I've obviously heard about it but I LOVE my running shoes. Still I may have to try it out since your blog got me thinking so much. Anything I should know or share with my readers at www.runtolose.net?

Rachel

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I have a 1 year old daughter now and I wish to walk with her soon.


Raquel

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Wow, barefoot running? Can't imagine how taht would feel on asphalt, though?

Nick said...

Barefoot running is one of the best things you can do for yourself! If you like this blog check out my blog! www.fitnessofthegods.com, a blog all about fitness, running and all around health!

Nick said...

Barefoot running is going back to the basics. Pretty much caveman days. Which is a good thing!

Nick said...

Dan,
The amount of benefits from running barefoot are astounding. I've heard of people getting rid of back problems by running barefoot. I mean think about it, our feet were not at all designed for shoes. We are trying to design shoes for our feet, when the perfect design is NOTHING! It's like we are trying to reverse engineer something to perfection when in reality if we didn't "engineer" it at all, its at that moment that it would be perfect! If you like this check out my blog. www.fitnessofthegods.com

Kut said...

actually I run on asphalt too (FiveFingers)... of course, that I love much more softly route.. but if I have no choise I run in the City...

Kutya Run the World said...

actually I run on asphalt too (FiveFingers)... of course, that I love much more softly route.. but if I have no choise I run in the City...

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