Dare to Get “Bare”-footed!

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  1. Dare to Get “Bare”-footed!

    Dare to Bare

    Dare to Bare

    I wear Vibram FiveFinger minimalist shoes all the time! It’s the best thing I ever did for my knees, feet and posture. Frequently we are asked questions like the one below and finally, I just had to share!


    Lisa…I would like your opinion on the toe shoes for “my” particular situation…obviously, with the amount of tennis that I play I cannot give up my tennis shoes…however, I don’t like to wear my “running” shoes around the house…

    I am trying to lessen the excuses for getting on my treadmill say “at lunch” so I was thinking if I had a pair of those toe shoes that I could pull on without socks for a 30 minute run/walk/hike on the incline trainer, that would make it easier and more convenient for me and would remove one of my excuses.

    Can I just buy a pair, put them on and go merrily along my way using them on the treadmill, or is it more complicated than that?
    I really appreciate your feedback!
    Hugs, Vicki



    Beginning to Bare

    Beginning to Bare

    Vicki…The short answer is “Yes”, you can get to that point!


    The recommendation is to introduce them slowly to your feet. Because of the negative heel, they will “wake up” muscles you didn’t even know you had, especially as a result of repetitive exercise like the treadmill or running. Hamstrings (not unusual to get those stirred up) Calves (both the large Gastrocnemius and the under muscle called the Soleus), then there are all the little muscles around the ankles and in the feet. Sore, sore, sore, in the beginning.


    So here is what I recommend:


    Barely Bare

    Barely Bare

    Week 1: Wear them around the house, wear them as much as you can this week (non-exercising)
    Week 2: Wear them the last 3rd of your 30 min. workout. This is a pain because you will do 20 minutes and change shoes to do the last 10 min.
    Week 3: Wear them the last 2/3’s of your workout, same inconvenience as above!
    Week 4: I would hope you would be transitioned by then. Everyone is different.


    Another consideration is to transition to a shoe called “Newtons”. Locally they can be found at Bay Area Bicycles. Tom Neagli, the owner, is slowly transitioning his store into a more rounded tri-athlete’s store and is carrying these “very cool” shoes! Eventually, I would still take your feet all the way down to minimalists. I trade with Ascube Venture locally, they know a lot about these shoes and carry a good selection.


    Great Question! Lisa


  2. A Frequently Asked Question by Beginner Runners

    As a beginner runner, you probably have a lot of questions. Beach to Bay Relay Marathon is just around the corner and now is the time to get acclimated to running outside. The weather climbed to almost 80 today. Get outside now so you can handle it as it gets even hotter in the coastal bend – late spring. Here is an answer you need to the most frequently asked question by beginners.

    Question: Can I Walk During My Runs?

    I am new to running and I can’t always run through the entire distance of a longer run. Is it OK to walk during my run?

    Answer: Yes, it’s absolutely fine to walk during your longer runs and even during the race itself. Some runners mistakenly associate walking during a race or run with giving up and will only walk reluctantly when they reach the point of extreme fatigue or discomfort. I encourage runners to embrace walking as part of their overall strategy for completing their runs or races and to add weight training (especially for knee injury prevention) for non-running days to your training schedule.

    Walking can actually help you in many ways, including:

    • Walking helps you increase your muscle endurance without putting as much stress on your joints and muscles as running does.
    • Your heart rate is lower when you’re walking, which means your body will use fat for energy rather than mostly fast-burning carbohydrates.
    • Walking during a run or race (especially a long one) gives your running muscles and joints a chance to rest and recover, which can help you complete your planned distance and also help prevent injuries.
    • Taking a walking break can really break up the monotony during a long run or race, which can help you deal with the mental challenges and any discomfort you may be feeling.

    Here are some ways runners can incorporate walking into their runs:

    • Walk for the warm-up and cool down portions of your runs.
    • Try a run/walk approach, where you run for a certain period of time or distance, and then walk for a different interval. Some runners who use this approach say it helps keep them injury-free.
    • I’ve always walked through the water stops during a race. It breaks up my running and I don’t spill water all over myself.
    • If you do incorporate walking into your runs, just make sure that you still maintain good form and don’t take it as an opportunity to really slow down and rest. You should keep your elbows at a 90-degree angle (not at your side) and take quick steps. That will make the transition back to running much easier.

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