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    Hey Gang - I posted on my blog today about barefoot running technique. Check it out if you're so inclined. (Yes, I know - another post about barefoot running!)
    "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

    "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

    My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com

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    next up: a recipe for banana pancakes.

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    • #3
      Barefoot running and banana pancakes - pretty much sums up the primal lifestyle!
      "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

      "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

      My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com

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      • #4
        ^^ In other words, Life is Good!!
        Christine
        Wag more, bark less

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        • #5
          Nice

          I tend to do a little jog, and sometimes a full sprint when going from the car into the store. Or from any building to car situation. I noticed something last night when doing my light jog thing... not a lot of movement in the legs, but very springyness from the calf to top of foot... like boing, boing, boing and it takes no effort at all. Very efficient. I've been "barefoot" since March and am hoping to keep it that way throughout the winter. Let's hope the VFF Flows hold up to NY winters.

          Running barefoot rocks.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Andtckrtoo View Post
            ^^ In other words, Life is Good!!
            It sure is!

            Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
            Nice

            I tend to do a little jog, and sometimes a full sprint when going from the car into the store. Or from any building to car situation. I noticed something last night when doing my light jog thing... not a lot of movement in the legs, but very springyness from the calf to top of foot... like boing, boing, boing and it takes no effort at all. Very efficient. I've been "barefoot" since March and am hoping to keep it that way throughout the winter. Let's hope the VFF Flows hold up to NY winters.

            Running barefoot rocks.
            Good luck running with your VFF's once the snow starts!
            "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

            "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

            My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com

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            • #7
              Good info on this, Al. Thanks.

              For people with interest in giving barefoot a go, I would STRONGLY encourage you to visit a few dedicated sites that are specific to barefoot and minimalist running. There are many opportunities to get injured along the way,mostly by way of doing too much too soon.

              Lots of great info including "how to start" guides at these sites:

              http://groups.google.com/group/huaraches/topics?hl=en

              http://www.newrunner.com/community/f...f-0f12bf559034

              http://www.barefootrunners.org

              I am a year in and managed without injury...except my first few sprint sessions after reading primal blueprint that gave me a case of achilles tendonditis (now past).

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              • #8
                Question for y'all - did running in Vibrams bother your toes at first? I did 30 minutes on a treadmill yesterday. 1 minute sprints (not fast - did not want to push it) followed but a minute (or 30 seconds - I changed things up) rest. The treadmill was a Woody *snickers* and great for running (the regular ones bothered me because of the way it moved when I ran, so after 30 seconds I switched). It felt great! In fact I had to force myself to stop running after the first minute because it felt so wonderful, but I did not want to push things. I got off when the arches of my feet started aching - figured I did not want to push it.

                Today the middle three toes on my left foot hurt (not bad, just enough to be annoying). Is this common with barefoot running?
                Christine
                Wag more, bark less

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                • #9
                  I do my Parkour in barefoot sometimes, great for getting your landings good and quiet, otherwise, pain!! lol.

                  This is a great video of Phil Doyle doing some barefoot training, he's awesome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YZhAGduHVo

                  One things that's "bad" about most tracuers though is that they run heels first, I've noticed this with every person I've come into contact with who Parkous/freeruns. I've not said anything though because at the end of the day it's their body. I always run on my toes, always have, I'm faster and get more power because of it.
                  Last edited by Mattman; 11-21-2010, 08:29 AM.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by OneDeltaTenTango View Post
                    Good info on this, Al. Thanks.
                    You're welcome!

                    Originally posted by Andtckrtoo View Post
                    Question for y'all - did running in Vibrams bother your toes at first? I did 30 minutes on a treadmill yesterday. 1 minute sprints (not fast - did not want to push it) followed but a minute (or 30 seconds - I changed things up) rest. The treadmill was a Woody *snickers* and great for running (the regular ones bothered me because of the way it moved when I ran, so after 30 seconds I switched). It felt great! In fact I had to force myself to stop running after the first minute because it felt so wonderful, but I did not want to push things. I got off when the arches of my feet started aching - figured I did not want to push it.

                    Today the middle three toes on my left foot hurt (not bad, just enough to be annoying). Is this common with barefoot running?
                    I don't run in VFF's so I'm not sure but perhaps they are too tight for your left foot. It's common for one foot to be a bit larger than the other and all feet are shaped differently. Part of what I find unappealing about VFF's is that I don't think your foot should be forced to conform to the shape of a shoe.

                    Originally posted by Mattman View Post
                    I do my Parkour in barefoot sometimes, great for getting your landings good and quiet, otherwise, pain!! lol.

                    This is a great video of Phil Doyle doing some barefoot training, he's awesome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YZhAGduHVo

                    One things that's "bad" about most tracuers though is that they run heels first, I've noticed this with every person I've come into contact with who Parkous/freeruns. I've not said anything though because at the end of the day it's their body. I always run on my toes, always have, I'm faster and get more power because of it.
                    That video is amazing!
                    "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

                    "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

                    My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com

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                    • #11
                      I wear VFF and have been for a couple of years now, except for ball hockey and basketball. Anyways, when I run I pull my heels towards my butt; concentrate on pulling my heels up instead of pushing off my foot. I know crossfit endurance is big on the "Pose" running technique. I was tempted to try it but I have been running no problemo virtually barefoot for over 2 years and not had any problems except when I first started; loads of sore calf and foot muscles from running like you are supposed too.

                      Love your site Al. It is awesome and motivating watching some of the feats of strength you do.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by robf View Post
                        Love your site Al. It is awesome and motivating watching some of the feats of strength you do.
                        Thanks!
                        "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

                        "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

                        My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by robf View Post
                          Anyways, when I run I pull my heels towards my butt; concentrate on pulling my heels up instead of pushing off my foot. I know crossfit endurance is big on the "Pose" running technique. I was tempted to try it but I have been running no problemo.
                          I checked out the POSE technique and that's the main point they stress, use your hamstrings to run by picking up your feet, not with your quads to push them forward. And then just use the "bounce" for momentum, make your tendons push you forward. So maybe you've been using POSE without knowing it
                          I didn't like the rules you gave me, so I made some of my own.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mattman View Post
                            ...This is a great video of Phil Doyle doing some barefoot training, he's awesome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YZhAGduHVo...
                            Cool video, thanks for posting. That muscle up at 1.33 is amazing.

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                            • #15
                              Hey Al:

                              I'm not going to question your degree of fitness. We can see you are in great shape. However to change the world you have to accept that most people won't dedicate the time that you do. What do you suggest to improve overall fitness?

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