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Author Topic: Slippery Mud
o-smith
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on: 2012 Dec 20 Thu, 16:43
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Hi,

I am new to barefoot running (I last wore running shoes in mid October).

I live in Essex (England) and it has been raining almost continually for the last two months. My favourite trail run has become a mud bath in places and the last time I ran there I must have slipped over about ten times.

I would be very grateful for any advice. Is there a technique to keeping my feet on slippery muddy slopes?

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on: 2012 Dec 22 Sat, 17:04
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By "slipped over about ten times" do you mean that you fell, or just that you felt your feet sliding underneath you?

In either case, the important thing is to keep your feet underneath you (don't try to run with an extended stride length), and for your feet to land underneath you, and most importantly, to pay attention to feeling your feet slipping on the ground, which is a message that you aren't doing the first two things correctly. Accelerate and decelerate gradually, bend your knees to keep your center lower to the ground (but do keep your torso vertical and above your feet).

Have Fun,
-Ken Bob Saxton

o-smith
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on: 2012 Dec 22 Sat, 22:39
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I mean actually fell over. It's just as well my wife was still asleep when I got home covered In mud. I will try to practise what you advise.

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on: 2012 Dec 23 Sun, 15:30
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Think like a sports car, with finely tuned suspension and a gyroscope keeping it upright.

And remember there's no shame in falling, and mud washes off.

Have fun

Have Fun,
-Ken Bob Saxton

o-smith
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Post Re: Slippery Mud
on: 2012 Dec 29 Sat, 17:10
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Well I tried it and I only fell twice so that's a step in the right direction.

I was aware of my trailing foot slipping behind me so I assume I must be pushing-off more than I realised. I slipped when I was running across a slope so the vertical force wasn't perpendicular to the ground.

I would, however, contest your assertion that there is no shame in falling. It depends who you fall in front of. The local running club were out in force this morning ("You've forgotten your shoes mate" ). I normally quite enjoy this but not when I fall in a muddy puddle.

"When an Italian falls in the street he looks up to the heavens and calls on The Virgin Mary. When an American falls in the street he looks up in his Filofax and calls on his lawyer. When an Englishman falls in the street he looks up to see if anyone has noticed"

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on: 2012 Dec 29 Sat, 18:00
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People in shoes also slip and fall, or trip and fall (since it's more comfortable in shoes not to lift your feet enough so that you don't kick roots and stuff.

At a friend's retirement party, the host mentioned that he saw Charlie was covered in mud and blood after his first trail race. He asked what happened. "I fell" Charlie said, "seven times"... The host continued on, "And as Charlie raced more and more, we were to discover that 7 falls in one race, was actually a good day for Charlie."

Charlie has an interesting way of running, kind of like cross-country skiing, with shoes on (you certainly wouldn't run that way barefoot, for long!) Charlie ran with little or no impact, and is still running at over 75 years of age today. However, he does wear out shoes very quickly.

Have Fun,
-Ken Bob Saxton

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Post Re: Slippery Mud
on: 2012 Dec 29 Sat, 19:48
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I should practise what I preach - I often tell my daughter not to worry so much what other people think.

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