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  • What are the best conditions for sprinting?

    I am talking about the surface. Barefoot Ted talked about running barefoot and said its best to run on a hard, flat surface. Even better than sand and grass.

    But, what about sprinting? It then makes sense to sprint in VFF's on a hard, flat surface too. But, I can't see Barefoot Ted sprinting so I am not sure. It's such a quick strike.

    Michael, the olympian sprinter, was teaching us how to sprint properly. That was on grass.

    Now, I am officially unsure. What do you guys think?
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  • #2
    I dunno, but I think a sprint is a sprint is a sprint! I like grass, or dirt myself.

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    • #3
      I prefer grass with spikes, I easily push past the traction on VFF's when sprinting and doing high speed agility work
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      • #4
        Sprinting is easiest on water.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Alex Good View Post
          Sprinting is easiest on water.
          Thank you. I am 40 minutes from Lake Michigan so when its warm enough I will have to make a trip there once a week.
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          • #6
            A hill

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            • #7
              I like the push from a hard packed beach. I find the uneven-ness of grass to slow me down and the hardness of the road to be jarring.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by slesca View Post
                I like the push from a hard packed beach. I find the uneven-ness of grass to slow me down and the hardness of the road to be jarring.
                I actually agree with this. I need to live on a beach.... easy!
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                • #9
                  I like sprinting in my VFF on grass. My best, most "comfortable" sprinting is indeed barefoot on a nice, flat sidewalk. It just feels right for some reason. The concrete gives me the best grip. Barefoot on pavement sucks usually.
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                  • #10
                    I usually sprint on the grass and uphill. But not always.
                    I like the intensity, up hill. And the ground is easier on my knees than the pavement.

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                    • #11
                      Sprinting BF on tarmac is OK but I wouldn't start out like that. There's a road I run BF on regularly and I know it's characteristics really well so sprinting works fine for me there.

                      Here's a good video of Jason Robillard running on the road. You can see on the last clip he's really going some there.

                      YouTube - Jason Robillard barefoot running form 2009

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                      • #12
                        i usually go barefoot on grass (not lately...it's snowing like crazy outside right now), but i love a good sprint on a beach...you have to work a little harder and if there are dunes to run up, it's like getting 10 workouts in one.
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                        • #13
                          I had the greatest time sprinting on a sand volleyball court. It was winter, and it was a little waterlogged and a little frozen. It was like sprinting in ice cream or something. Super tough and very rewarding.

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                          • #14
                            I try to stay off pavement as much as I can. Dirt/grass is great, rubberized tracks are good, beach is fantastic. The unevenness of the terrain is still smoother than most of what Grok faced.

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                            • #15
                              I wouldn't be too concerned about concrete/pavement - you'll be running on your forefoot anyway, so unless you have flat feet / no arches (in which case you should not be barefoot running), hard ground is actually better because your foot is supposed to do the cushioning. If you want to reduce stress on the joints effectively, run uphill.
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