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I got this post from The Barefoot Runners Society. More specifically, this is a post by a fellow barefoot runner named Matt. I can’t find his own blog site (if he actually has any). I hope he doesn’t mind me borrowing his post.

 

“No, I’m Not”

This is in response to the woman who was running in the opposite direction the past Sunday morning — “No, I’m not.”

Huh? Well, as she passed me (I had been running ahead of her for 1/2 mile or so before I turned around, and we passed going oposite directions), we exchanged quick “good mornings”, then she got in a “You’re awesome!” as I was already past her.

I’m 99% sure this was because I’m not a shod runner.

But I didn’t really have time to explain how wrong she was.

I don’t run this way for any good reason, other than the fact that I failed miserably as a runner in shoes. So when I, out of desperation, tried out barefoot running a few years ago, it wasn’t out of some act of triumph. It was an acknowledgement of my complete failure as a shod runner. I had given up fighting the pain. I had pretty much given up on running.

Okay, so for the most part, going barefoot has been a good thing, and I’m now much more of a runner than I ever was before.

But I’m not “awesome”. If I was, I would be able to run in shoes.

I don’t run barefoot to be special or to stand out or to accomplish anything. I run barefoot just to run.

 

Amen.

I found this post very interesting. It’s like we’re on the same boat regarding why we are running without shoes. I, too, am not “awesome” or “hard core” or “astig” or “idol”. I just want to keep running.

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Posted January 9, 2011 by Barefoot Yayan in barefoot running, injuries

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Blast From a Painful Past   Leave a comment

While rearranging some of my stuff in an attempt to clean, I saw something which reminded me of how much pain I was in when I was still running in shoes. Something I was using before each time I went out for a run (which was almost everyday). And they are… medical tapes!

I used to tape ever so gently both my index toes before running because I developed really painful blisters on them, since they kept rubbing the big and middle toes while I run. And there’s a trick to putting them on, too, since the tapes shouldn’t be too tight nor too loose. It was a very tedious process which often involved trial and error.

Yes, I am blessed with wide, fan-like feet, which I’m pretty sure I got from my mother’s side of the family. This made the shoes I was wearing just become too narrow when my feet started to naturally expand after a few kilometers of running. And even when I was wearing wider shoes, the socks I had on still kept my toes squeezed together, and make them rub against each other.

Since running barefoot, my duck feet (and the toes) were set free and I have never suffered this injury. Good times!

Posted January 6, 2011 by Barefoot Yayan in injuries

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Injured!   4 comments

For the first time since running without shoes on, I am injured, and it wasn’t even my fault! So this is what happened:

UP Diliman, 5:30am, Academic Oval.

I was running my usual warm-up couple of laps around the Acad Oval before the Runnex running clinic starts when it turned out that there was a running event in UP that day, the ACTIVATE! Run and Pump it Up. Nice purple (blue?) singlets.

The Start/Finish line of this event is infront of AS steps. As always, participants were just loitering about (many were warming up) while waiting for their respective gun starts. Crowded as it is, we had to slow down to maneuver and weave through the bodies of these participants so as not to run them (and each other) over. Apparently, this concept was jusr too complicated for some because the guy a few meters behind me kept looking at the stage while keeping his fast pace. Unfortunately, I was the lucky person whose feet seemed like the perfect landing pad for his heelstrike. I don’t care if you’re wearing the new Brooks shoes, when twice your body weight falls on my toe, that would hurt!

Good thing for me that the b@stard’s aim was off, he was only able to step on the pinky of my left foot. It still hurt, but wasn’t able to keep me from running that day. The pain subsided by the time I completed my first lap, about 2.2k. I was still able to complete another lap, the drills during the running clinic and a 5k to cap the day.

Aftermath.

The pain came back while inside the bus going home. I guess the endorphins had already worn off. Every step was quite painful so I had to limp my way out of the bus and take a tricycle going home. Needless to say, the wife was not very pleased with what happened; and had another weapon in her arsenal regarding her campaign against me running barefoot.

Oh well..

When I looked at my foot, my toe was violet and almost 50% bigger, the underside was almost black. I was quite lucky that my brother in law is a physical therapist. He looked at the toe and just advised me to ice it for 20min, three times a day for two days. Then I’d had to apply a combination of heat and cold on the toe a couple of days after that. After two days of ice baths, the pain is now a lot more bearable (although I still can’t run pain free) and the swelling seems to be subsiding. I see recovery before the week ends. Yey!

Thoughts.

Like driving vehicles, running is not purely dependent on the runner’s focus and care. Sometimes, an idiot runner will come along and step on your toe.

Many have said that runners are one of the most attentive people you’d encounter on the road. They’d have to be to avoid getting hit by a bus (or an idiot runner). To this I say barefoot runners are more attentive than regular runners. Barefoot runners need to always pay attention to the road and to their surroundings. There’s never a time to go on “cruise control” and run half-asleep.

Last Sunday, a running clinic buddy asked me what happens if I stepped on a rock. I said most of the time I can avoid them but if not, I call those moments “lessons learned”.

Posted August 31, 2010 by Barefoot Yayan in barefoot running, injuries, running clinic

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