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It's a scheduled rest day for me today so I did 10 mins on the rower and then used free weights for upper-body work. Tomorrow I'm back to running again.<br><br>
Have a great day, everyone!<br>
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Hi, Riley!<br><br>
I ran a short 2 miles this morning. I wanted to do <i>some</i> running today (after my first 4 miler on Saturday), but keep it minimal so that my total for the week won't be too aggressive.<br><br>
Turned out I was glad it was short - I wasn't feeling good when I got up, and still feel kind of puny. I'm looking forward to a better run on Wednesday.
 

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Good morning kicksters. 6.0 miles this morning @ 7:25 avg pace. Faster than I wanted to run this morning but some testosterone got in the way <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">.<br><br>
Have a good day<br>
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Greetings, guys & gals. A beautiful Fall morning here.<br><br>
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62 F -> 55 F <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br>
8 easy miles, 3 barefoot
 

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Tell me about the barefoot running - do you do this on the beach or somewhere else soft underfoot? Why do you run barefoot -- what kinds of benefits do you get from this? I'd be worried about stepping on something sharp.<br><br>
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Morning Masters!<br>
No run for me today. Back to work after a 3 day wknd and I have a meeting after work tonight, so won't be home til around 7:30. I'll get in a run tomorrow during my lunchbreak though.<br>
have a good day all!
 

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Susan, I do 10-20% of my mileage barefoot to help my running form and to strengthen my feet and shins. It has definitely helped in these areas. I think there's something to the idea that heavily cushioned or structured shoes interfere with one's natural gait and can lead to lower limb weakness.<br><br>
I do some of my "barefoot" miles in <a href="http://vibramfivefingers.com/" target="_blank">Vibram Fivefingers</a>, which protect my feet but allow for nearly the same experience as going barefoot. Without these, I stick to the grass.<br><br>
Some people get into this a lot more than I do, and have worked up to running barefoot on virtually any surface.
 

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I'm tired of being only a Kickrunner "Trainee", so I need to get my post count up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I begin week four of no running due to my bum left foot. Apparently, it's a super nasty case of plantar fasciitis since it's not going away, even with PT. This is trying my patience...<br><br>
Since I can't run, it will be another x-training day. Scheduled for 45 minutes stationary bike, 1000m swim. My hair is going to start turning green soon from all the chlorine... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)">
 

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Aww, lab, you can join me in the quest for crosstrainer of the year. You can drop into some of the other fora to get your post count up ya know. Or start some silliness here.<br><br>
This morning I jogged to and from the gym (.5 each way) did 1 hour of weights and abs.
 

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Found 5 bucks on the way to the gym. Walking pays. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> An hour or so in the gym. Are you doing your planks?<br><br>
ksrunr, if morning testosterone gets in the way, doesn't it mean an evening run instead?<br><br>
Labduck, I saw your response in yesterday's thread. Frustrating? Yeah, I'd say. I think you'd look fetching in green hair. GL with the new podiatrist. I admire you swimmers; I think I'll jump in and join you guys this winter.<br><br>
hally, I've been really impressed with your w/o's. Silliness? Really? Here?<br><br>
'Morning Susan, Marie, Millbot, Tammy. When's Johnny back? I miss him.
 

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then when you go to Ducks games you can also paint your torso green for the full "duck" effect.
 

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5 bucks! Lucky day! I'd buy a lotto ticket <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
millbot.. how did you start running barefoot? distance/time (I assume grass only at the beginning?) I think it should help prevent PF, what do you think?<br><br>
I walked Tory for 2 miles then swam 1000 yds. This time, I stopped grabbing the edge on the other side (25 yds). So actually completed full laps this time. Hard to do a "flip" with a pull bouy between your legs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">. At least I cut my burping time in half.<br><br>
Lab.. been there. 2 months of only water running for severe PF. I felt like an amphibian as I gradually transitioned from water to land. The worst part was running on soft wrinkled feet. Lots of peeling during the transition! But it WAS fun! AND I lost very little running fitness! I still do swimming and some water running. Need to do more of the WR.<br><br>
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I was thinking that my green hair could be useful for Duck football season, but I'm not sure green is a U of O color anymore. The Ducks wore black uniforms last game, and most of the fans wore yellow. As Kermit says, "It's not easy being green".<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"><br><br>
Cool SS, $5! For some reason, I find cash (and golf balls!) when I run around and through the retirement community near where I live. I also tend to run faster than they drive, but it doesn't do much good to yell "runner on your left" to them...kinda embarrassing...
 

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Yeah, Perch, I think about you often. I know your PF was worse than mine, and in some strange way, I take comfort in that. You made it back, so can I. And I know what you mean about the peeling feet! My callouses are softening up, and small chunks of them keep coming off in my socks. I know when I start running again, I'm going to have to build them back up. <i>That</i> will be pleasurable!
 

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doing good Lab - only about 7 more posts to go!
 

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SS- an evening run might be the answer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">. But I like to have a running partner as often as I can and the mornings are the best time for the group to gather. Someone is always testing the pace. Sometimes it one of the ladies! I complain about it a lot but I can count it for a good speed or tempo run somewhere for the week. Start 2nd week of marathon training today.<br><br><br>
((((pf))))<br><br><br><br>
I was hoping against hope that Nebraska might surprise USC. I think Nebraska needs to change it's colors too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad10.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sad10"><br><br>
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Oh Lab.. one other thought. The single most effective stretch I did to relieve foot pain was a type of hamstring stretch. Put you leg up on a counter and feel a good strong stretch behind the knee and grab your toes/ball of foot and pull it towards your knee (leg straight) to get extra hamstring stretch and strtches the fascia. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat x 3. See if there is immediate pain relief. If so, do that a million times a day. Let me know cause i want to know if this is universal or just me.<br><br>
(a simple variation is just bending over and touching toes/ground until there is a strong stretch behind the knees. The former method is more effective and easier on the back)<br><br>
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Perch, that is just one of the many stretches (or variants thereof) that I do. All of them relieve the pain for about 5 minutes. One of the problems for me is that I'm on my feet for work for about 4 -5 hours, and this doesn't help the foot pain at all. But the absolute biggest pain instigator is walking on dirt or grass. Ay caramba! When I mow my lawn, I'm limping by the time I'm done.
 

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I took it pretty slowly, starting with ¼ mile and building to 1 mile over the first 3 weeks, doing 2-3 barefoot runs per week. After that I felt comfortable building mileage more quickly. Now I do 2-4 miles at a time, 3-4x/week. Almost all of it is still on grass.<br><br>
Several of the guys at my running store are into barefoot running, and they suggest that it can help prevent PF, shin splints, and achilles tendinitis... unless you ramp up too quickly, in which case in can cause those things. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> They are also the ones who hooked me up with the Vibrams.<br><br>
I had PF once, in both feet, many moons ago, when I wasn't doing much running. Ouch!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sad2">
 
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