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    hi guys.. after having a pretty serious knee injury few months ago and reading shit load of stuff about barefoot running since then, last night my doctor finally told me i can start run barefoot.
    i just came back from the first barefoot run
    been pretty excited but i think it went good.
    i didnt feel any pain at all in my soles but i realy felt my calves.. they felt realy hard and stiff i hope that normal (?)
    i planned on doing 5 minutes run but i stopped at 4 because of my calves, didnt want to push them too much too soon.
    i started the run pretty fast because thats what i did when i ran with shoes but i calmed myself down after few meters.
    i think il do 3 minutes tomorow.

    im pretty happy

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    Yes, your calves are where you will feel it while you adjust. Just make sure you don't strand/over-commit yourself while starting out.

    I'm not a runner, but I was fairly well adjusted after two weeks (enough so that I could go hiking etc). All I did was to wear them whenever possible and walk around during breaks at work.
    Last edited by jhc; 08-07-2011, 09:40 PM.

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    • #3
      im running barefoot but with vibram of any other minimalist shoes.
      and all my life ive always been barefoot alot while in my home so i guess im kinda used to walking barefoot.

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      • #4
        It'll take a while, but your calves will get used to absorbing all that impact, and then there will be no stopping you.

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        • #5
          I have (finally) started to jog fully barefoot. I'm doing short barefoot runs after my sprints (which I do in Feiyue's, a minimalist sneaker, without socks) I'm barefoot at work also, so I get a lot of barefoot walking in my day which is helping to condition the bottom of my feet. It feels really good.

          I can feel the difference between my fully barefoot stride and my "minimalist" stride. You take a lot more chances when there's ANY protection. So, you may want to go at it fully barefoot sometimes, just be easy with it until your soles get used to it.
          I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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          • #6
            i misstyped (is that a word).. i go compeletely barefoot, no vibram or any other minimalist shoes.

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            • #7
              I second what jhc said, your calves is where you will feel it as you adjust. Start out slow and with short runs, work up to faster and longer, you'll be fine, some discomfort along the way is normal. Just be sure that you're not having heel pain -- if you're heel striking in VFFs you're in big trouble. Make sure that your stride in VFFs is a little shorter than it would be in conventional althetic shoes, and that you are landing on your mid-/fore-foot.

              Actually, I've been running short distances (1-2.5 miles or so) and doing most of my day-to-day walking in my VFF's for over 6 months now, and still, when I wore them on a 4.5 mile hike this Saturday....well, I'm still a little sore today, and it is all in my calves. I'm sure my calf muscles do a lot more work on those rocky, steep surfaces than they do on the sidewalks and flat gravel I'm usually on. I did actually bring a pair of backup conventional hiking shoes, but didn't feel at the time that I needed to switch to them. So it's definitely a normal thing, to feel it right there.

              Edited to add: as a sidenote since you mentioned knee injury, I had zero knee pain on and after the hike, which I struggled with before I got into VFFs. I still haven't talked my husband into the idea of toe shoes, so he was hiking in conventional shoes, and he had considerable knee pain towards the end of the hike and the following day, something he doesn't normally struggle with like I used to. And for what it's worth, slightly achy/stretched calves feel a lot better and healthier than joint pain ever did.
              Last edited by ErikaE; 08-08-2011, 11:02 AM.
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              • #8
                I love the calf workout you get from barefoot hiking and walking. I've been hiking in my VFF and Merrill barefoot shoes for about a year now but haven't done any HIIT yet. Going to do that on Wednesday. Any tips from those who have been there?

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                • #9
                  hey guys.
                  i just woke up now and the part in in the leg that connects the sole to the leg itself (seriously have no idea what it called i hope u undestand what i mean) hurt alot.
                  and i dont know if i should go for a run today or not.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by saarx1 View Post
                    hey guys.
                    i just woke up now and the part in in the leg that connects the sole to the leg itself (seriously have no idea what it called i hope u undestand what i mean) hurt alot.
                    and i dont know if i should go for a run today or not.
                    Are you talking about your Achilles tendon? ---> http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/ga...flammation.jpg

                    If so, it's because the VFFs don't have a padded heel the way most athletic shoes do and that tendon has to stretch a bit to adjust. Either way, don't go for a run if you're already in pain. Pain is communication - your body is telling you it needs a break to repair. It seriously takes most people a couple of weeks to slowly work up to running or walking for as long as, or as frequently as, they do in "normal" shoes. Don't rush.
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                    • #11
                      Congrats! I did too much too soon and am still recuperating from my first barefoot sprint...bruised my bones or something!
                      Crohn's, doing SCD

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                      • #12
                        When I first started, a friend suggested ice baths to ease the pain of the sore calves and achilles. I couldn't bring myself to do that so instead went and bought a 5-gallon bucket, filled it with ice water, and soaked in it instead. It is just big enough to fit both legs up past the calves.
                        Get a nice warm drink and just chill for about 15 or 20 minutes.

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                        • #13
                          im running barefoot guys, not with VFF.
                          im pretty sure i ran a bit too fast on my first run because i was a bit excited.
                          il wait 2-3 more days until the pain is completely gone and then il go for a very short (3 minutes~) very slow run.

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                          • #14
                            Foam Roller

                            Hi all
                            My suggestion for the calves pain is use a foam roller (the harder the better), one leg at a time.

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                            • #15
                              My pain is actually in the connection between the soal to the leg but not in the achilles (which is in the back) but actually on the other side of the achilles, in the front.

                              i hope u understood what i tried to say

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