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 Running Barefoot?
Submitted by Rickshaw :: Thu Jun 30, 2005 10:12 pm
Runner's World's Amy Burfoot has written an interesting article on the merits of running barefoot. With today's fancy shoes, when if ever does it make sense to go without? Abebe Bikila won the 1960 Olympic marathon running barefoot, then went on to win again in 1964 with shoes. Zola Budd set a 5000 meter world record running shoeless in 1984. For the elites, the weight of even the lightest shoes can be too much. Australian physical therapist Michael Warburton estimates that 100 grams of extra weight on your feet decreases your running economy by one percent, or about a five percent reduction for a pair of typical 10-ounce shoes. The vast majority of runners will still choose to wear shoes for the support and protection they provide, but they may not even be aware of the speed/protection tradeoff they make.


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Way to go Posted: Fri Nov 25, 2005 8:10 pm 

8D Thats the way it is done do you not think so.

Rickshaw
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Re: Way to go Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 1:48 pm 

Great, a forum-spamming robot poster. This should be fun.

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Re: Way to go Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 4:43 pm 

Yeah, I was afraid of that. Is there such a thing as an anti-SPAM filter for the forum software you're using?

Rickshaw
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Re: Way to go Posted: Sat Nov 26, 2005 10:34 pm 

Yes there is. I haven't bothered with it so far, because I customized the forum software so heavily that the auto-bots can't seem to figure out how to make posts on it. Or at least that was true up until now. There are still lots of fake accounts created constantly, but as long as they're not posting spam to the forums, I don't really care,

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Re: Running Barefoot? Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 6:51 pm 

The bot pushed this thread up to the top of the list, so I suppose that's a plus. I love running barefoot - it's just hard to find a grassy spot where you don't have to worry about glass. Track infields often work. I try to warm down barefoot on the grass after shoe-ed track workouts. Anyone else do any barefoot running? Or running with the "Nike Free" barefoot-simulation shoes?

Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
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Re: Running Barefoot? Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 10:02 pm 

I've done practically no barefoot running, unfortunately. I do try to make it a point to go barefoot around the house, though. I'm not sure if that makes any difference or not, but I have a hunch it might help exercise the foot muscles in a beneficial way. I don't think it can hurt anyway, unless I step on one of my daughter's toys in the dark...

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