I absolutely hate running in “barefoot” shoes.
I’m a 230 pound, 6 foot man. More than a quarter mile and I literally bruise the balls of my feet, then my heals as I allow them to take impact instead.
I’ll take padding all day. I run to increase my VO2 max, in some cases to spike and prolong EPOC and to burn additional calories.
I’ll build ankle strength on leg day at the gym. [/quote]
Really? Sorry to hear that. I’m 215lbs and I haven’t had any problems. Which barefoot shoes have you used?
Vibram and Nike. It’s a matter of physics.
I’m willing to bet most people who have “never experienced” problems chalk up the pain of bruising to “progress”, however illegitimately.
“Oh shit, my ankles hurt and my feet are sore and swollen, clearly I’m working my little muscles that have been neglected for so long. I’m becoming an animal.”
No, you’re bruising the shit out of yourself, headed for shin splints and not increasing your cardio effectiveness to any significant degree. [/quote]
I don’t know. I’m 6’4" and around 230 and I have comfortably run 2.5-5k in my NB Minimus trails on a pretty regular basis, physics or not.
400m repeats result in no foot pain at all (but all kinds of other pain). My calves/ankles/arches were a little tight after the first few times out (balls and heels were fine), that was it.
I don’t really care one way or the other what anybody else runs in, I don’t get people who go all evangelical about this crap, but minimalist stuff works fine for me.
I would also agree that how (form), how much and how fast you run is infinitely more important than what you run in, but I don’t think that was ever really the question.
Maybe there are 2 different ways.
- 400 M = running.
- 30 to 90 min. = jogging.
Many say they ran a marathon but for most it could be called jogged.
Short distance versus 1 hour plus is different in my experience.
Joggers who like to jog usually do over 5 hours weekly outside.
Motorized help is not even considered.
Footwear is a personal choice.
Overuse problems are a reality.[/quote]
I’m not sure what you mean by “motorized help”.
I run 2400m/1.5mi in about 9:30 or about 6:25/mi. That’s not at all fast by competitive running standards but it’s not exactly jogging.
I have found that overuse problems aren’t as common as technique problems, whether we’re talking about running, lifting or whatever else.
Footwear and training modalities are totally a personal choice. That said, no amount of cushioning or motion correction will protect your joints from the long term effects a heavy foot strike. It will, however, protect your feet so you don’t get that immediate, negative feedback that tells you not to do it that way.[/quote]
" I’m not sure what you mean by "motorized help "
When people do it with a rolling carpet that needs electricity to power the motor.
Like a motorized vehicule is not an exercise device.