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Back to running after long break and barefoot running.

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Nov 2014
1:49am, 19 Nov 2014
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Banjaxed
Hi everyone,
I haven't run for over two years (or done anything else) and am not in any way fit. I'm now planning to start back and was thinking that it might be a good idea to start back with vibram ff.

Back when I was running I was apprehensive of trying barefoot running because of the slowness of getting used to it. My thinking now is that seeing as I haven't run for so long, I'm back to square one anyway and will be easing myself back in slowly, so starting out as I mean to go on with barefoot running might be the way to go.

Is my thinking flawed in any way? If you think this is a good idea or if you think I'm totally wrong and should be wearing "proper" running shoes please let me know.

Thanks in advance, Banjaxed.
Nov 2014
6:26am, 19 Nov 2014
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RunningInCircles
Have you been walking in FiveFingers? I attribute my switch into them going relatively smoothly being down to the fact that I had spent a year previously wearing them as much as possible for everything but running.
As a sandal wearer
Nov 2014
6:28am, 19 Nov 2014
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RunningInCircles
I'll ask the question, why FF?

(Sorry for the split post)
Nov 2014
2:08pm, 19 Nov 2014
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Banjaxed
Hi R.I.S,
I've no experience of barefoot shoes, Fivefingers or otherwise. I think the reason I'm thinking of FF is that they appeal to my inner quirkiness. I never thought of getting them for anything else but running but now that you mention it. maybe I should get them anyway and if they don't work out as suiting me for running, I'll have a great pair of sandals!

As for the running, as I said before I'm back to square one and will be taking things very easy as I ease myself back into running. At 55 it will take a lot of easing. I thought this would be a good time to get used to barefoot running as I will be concentrating on not overdoing things.
Nov 2014
8:22pm, 19 Nov 2014
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RunningInCircles
Don't get me wrong. I like five fingers. But they are expensive and difficult to size. So as an experiment they might not be the best thing. That said, I have run up to 100 km in them and they have their place. Xero shoes sandals are a fraction of the cost for your first foray. Actos shoes are also cheap and available from the far East, but be prepared to be an xxxxxl size ;-) The Actos are more shoe like but not that durable. I like them for general non running use along with my Spyridons.
6 Jan
12:09pm, 6 Jan 2020
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Barefoot Em
Another vote for Xero's, I've run all kinds of distances in mine :)
16 Mar
11:17am, 16 Mar 2020
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AndyS
I had an enforced break at the beginning of 2019 due to knee surgery, and took the opportunity to try out Vivobarefoots - and I really like them. I wore them for walking about in for about 3 months before my first run in them, and gradually transitioned to them for everything up to around 10k. Since I made the switch, my running technique has changed and that's been a contributing factor to the fact that in the last 9 months or so, I've achieved significant PBs at 5k, 3.5 miles, 10k, HM and 26.2 (i.e. every distance I've raced).

So I'd say, yes - go for it - but learn to walk in them before you run in them.

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