by jake » Mon May 10, 2010 1:07 pm
by dogface » Mon May 10, 2010 2:23 pm
Barefoot running story on Only A Game.
Lieberman stripped me of my shoes and put me on a treadmill rigged atop a force plate and attached to a computer. Turns out, Iâ€™m a perfect test subject.
As the treadmill ramped up to running speed, Lieberman listened to the â€œthwack, thwackâ€ my feet made every time they hit the ground. He said that noise is an indication of a major impact.
Lieberman showed me a graph of my short run. When my heel hit the ground, about two times my body weight slammed back up my leg in just one tenth of a second. Lieberman compared it to taking a hammer and hitting myself on the heel. No wonder I like my cushy-soled, pronation-correcting running shoes.
A quick lesson in barefoot running technique and I was back on the treadmill. This time, not only was the sound of my feet quieter, but the impact graph looked like a series of smooth rolling hills.
Instead of my foot loading that impact in a tenth of a second, the barefoot running style allowed my body to absorb that energy over time, and the natural spring in my arch helped me bounce back. But, Lieberman cautioned, before I can become a true barefoot runner, I need to build up strength in my feet and my calves. And that needs to be done over time.
â€œDonâ€™t do more than a mile at first,â€ he warns. â€œIf you decide to go run five miles tomorrow barefoot you will curse the day you ever tried it. You will be unhappy. You will be in pain. It will not be fun.â€
The next day, I strapped on my five-finger shoes and set out on my first barefoot-style run. I like it. Instead of hearing the â€œslap, slapâ€ of my feet over the music in my iPod, I take the buds out of my ears and enjoy the sounds of the birds in the trees and the geese on the water.
by dogface » Sat May 29, 2010 1:35 pm
by allin121 » Tue May 10, 2011 2:52 pm
by dogface » Tue May 10, 2011 3:37 pm
allin121 wrote:I've just been noticing a trend in my long runs, and wanted to see if anyone else had some experiences to share. I've done three 20 mile runs to prep for a marathon at the end of May. My intention was to run the whole thing, or most of it barefoot.
So my first run was 18 miles barefoot followed by 2 in huaraches when my toes got tender. I felt like absolute hell afterward. My second was 14 miles in huaraches followed by 6 miles barefoot. I felt incredible. Then yesterday I did 9 miles barefoot, and 9 in huaraches before crashing and burning...unable to complete the last two miles I had planned.
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