Barefoot Running

I’m a minimalist runner and I get tons of questions about it. With this video I tried to answer many of the questions I had when I originally started doing it years ago. The beach shots were taken on an early morning run at a family vacation in Ocean City, MD. I am a huge fan of early Iron Maiden. The song is “Running Free” from their first album. I saw them live in 1982 with Judas Priest and loved them. I stopped liking them as much when they dropped their singer Paul Di’anno for Bruce Dickenson. I know most people wouldn’t agree with me but hey, what the hell.

12 Responses to “Barefoot Running”

  1. Patrick December 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    What are the bare foot style trainers you wear in your video? Whenever I google ‘bare foot trainers’ companies like Nike advertise their cushioned trainers to be like bare foot running. Anyway, if you could let me know their make that’d be awesome.

    Thanks.

    • Mustacheman January 3, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

      For trail running here I am wearing my Vibram Five Fingers KSOs. Since then I have picked up a pair of VivoBarefoot Neo Sport shoes that I am a huge fan of. Google those and see what you think. If you are looking for minimalist, stay far away from all of that Nike bullshit.

      • Malorii March 10, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

        From the beginning as a reunnr, I was a mid-foot/forefoot striker, never a heel striker. This was not based on anything other than the way I ran. Years later I’ve learned that the way I run is the best, injury free way to do it. Luck trumps good any day I still think that shoes are better than barefoot, although, on a sandy beach, or level grass, if you want to run barefoot, let er rip!

  2. Dana January 8, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    I “discovered” barefoot running a couple years ago and haven’t looked back. I played collegiate soccer but always hated running when it didn’t involve a ball and a grass field because, as it turns out, I was doing it wrong! I love running now, even in the winter in Michigan! I currently use Vibram Five Fingers Bikilas and the Minimus MT20s by New Balance. Both are excellent in my opinion. This is a great website. I just discovered it today…you have a new follower.

    • Mustacheman January 8, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

      Welcome aboard Dana! The sneakers you mention are both great. I have a pair of NB Minimus and find they are nice, but a little snug. I have since found VivoBarefoot to be the best minimal footwear in my opinion. If you haven’t heard of the Clymb, it’s a site that offers great deals for only a few days at a time. It’s free to sign up and there are no hidden charges. Ironically today (1/8/13) VivoBarefoot shoes went on sale. You can sign up under me if you were interested… http://www.theclymb.com/invite-from/AndyThom

      • Dana January 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

        Thanks for the link! Signed up today.

      • Jay January 26, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

        Would you mind if I used the link above to sign up? I switched from Asics/Brooks to an Altra Zero Drop in October. I’m certainly not any faster, but it’s the first time in a long time I haven’t felt any pain in my shins. I always just worked through that before and accepted the pain as part of the game. I’ve been thinking of working a five finger type shoe in this summer.

        • moustacheman January 27, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

          That’s a great idea Jay, and by all means, use that link to sign up. In fact VivoBarefoot shoes were just on sale again. Altra makes some great shoes. I’ve never owned a pair but I’ve tried them out. You sound like you are about ready for a pair of VFFs. Before you pick up a pair you might want to think about going completely shoeless this Summer for a little bit. Any imperfections in your form will be flushed out. With any type of footwear, even Five Fingers, those imperfections can be masked. Once you feel you have it down then put on the shoes. Just a suggestion. Good luck pal.

  3. Jeff February 8, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Just my two cents – stay far away from what Nike peddles as “barefoot” (as far as I’m concerned, all Nike running shoes are crap). I ran track (I was a distance runner) for six years between junior high and high school and was lucky enough to have coaches teach me proper running form. If you feel a little uncomfortable with wearing Vibrams, I like to suggest Newton as a brand to check out – specifically Newton’s Sir Isaac/Sir Isaac S models, as those are designed to help you transition into proper running form. Newtons encourage a “barefoot” running style while still wearing shoes. I’ve been wearing them for nearly five years and love them – to the point that it’s the first running shoe I’ve ever been brand-loyal to. Newton is just a small outfit based in Boulder, CO and run by die-hard runners focused on proper form/barefoot running style. Now, I do have a pair of Vibrams, and I wear my Vibrams when I do speedwork at the track and for my daily workouts.

    • Mustacheman February 8, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      I wholeheartedly agree with you on the Nike call, Jeff. You can tell they just see the barefoot “trend” as something they can cash in on in the current market. I have heard of Newton’s, I know they are a little pricey. I’m a big fan of VivoBarefoot. Also, Innov8 is starting to make some shoes that look promising.

  4. Nikita March 27, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    Hi I’m doing my first TM in June (in the UK). I have a pair of normal running shoes but they are getting a bit old so I might get some new ones for the TM. What would you recommend/do you use? Thank in advance!

    • Mustacheman March 28, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

      It really depends on the course and what your personal preferences are. Depending on the course I have worn Vibram Five Fingers (zero tread and cushioning) on one course and Inov-8 RocLite 295s (aggressive tread w/4mm drop) on another. Both were great for their respective events.

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