John F Doyle’s Adventure Blog

March 18, 2009

Barefoot Running

Filed under: interests — johnfrederickdoyle @ 3:55 am
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I started running six years ago and discovered barefoot running two years ago. Most of my running is on trails, with a few monthly track workouts and some roadwork when there are no trails. I really don’t have many barefoot options, especially in the winter here in Seattle. For a barefoot “feel”, I started using the Nike Free 3.0 and I am on my second pair. Last year I heard about the Vibram Five Fingers shoe, and bought a pair on an overnight in Oakland, CA. I now use them on short three to five mile runs on trails in a park near my house, and I felt I had enough time in them to try a fourteen mile run on the dike system in south San Fran bay near San Jose, CA last weekend. Other than my feet feeling a little beat up for a few hours after, I had none of the usual leg stiffness that I usually have after that South Bay run. Vibram really has got a good product and it is as close to barefoot running that I can get without worrying about shredding my feet on glass or other sharp objects on the trail.


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