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Author Topic: How torun on rocks
anneros
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Post How torun on rocks
on: 2013 Oct 1 Tue, 11:52
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Hello
I run both barefoot and in minimalist shoes. I must admit that on rocky paths I would wear shoes, and thicker ones or it just hurts. What is it that makes people able to run on rocky paths. Is it having thicker soles or fat pads, or is it technique ie relaxation etc?

Thanksfor reading.
Anne

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Post Re: How torun on rocks
on: 2013 Oct 1 Tue, 13:20
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Anneros: I am a newbie at BF running. I go out every 3/4/5 days. Had a blister event, and stopped the running, and started over with walking. I'd been running on tarred roads. Whenever I got to gravel roads, I'd walk. Well, I'm still walking. I'm currently at an RV park where only the main roads are tarred, the rest gravel, everything from sand, to pea size, to sharp rocks. I force myself to walk on rocks where ever I find them. Yes, it hurts, but the more I do it, it seems like it is hurting less. Not sure how long it will take, but I think the foot toughens up (not with calouses) and becomes, as Ken Bob says in his book, less doughy. Also, the foot muscles get stronger. Finally, I think you learn to relax as you land the foot gently, and allow the rock pressure to spread more evenly across the foot. Do I think, at the moment, that I'll be able to run and not feel some kind of discomfort...I think the answer is "no". However, the more I walk on rocks, the more I find myself being less tenderly walking, and more just walking on. I also find myself less looking for the path of least "pain", and just moving on. Maybe one day, I'll break out into a light run. Good luck to you on your path.

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Post Re: How torun on rocks
on: 2013 Nov 8 Fri, 18:45
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Remember to focus on moving the body (torso) forward. Theoretically, if one could only do this, without up and down bounce, there would be no pain. But of course, since we cannot defy gravity completely, we can only limit up and down bounce as much as practical while focusing on moving forward, rather than on each step.

Relax
Knees bent
Relax
Torso Vertical
Relax
Move your torso forward (let the feet follow - do not lead with the foot)

Have Fun,
-Ken Bob Saxton

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anderer
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Post Re: How torun on rocks
on: 2014 Feb 18 Tue, 08:44
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I had a second go at bfr last year and found more success because I included gravel/stoney tracks. Something was ringing in my ears about running on gravel from the ken-bob book and when I tried it, yes it hurt but it wasn't half as bad as I thought it would be

My first go at bfr I had problems with overly tender calluses and I think the possible reason for this was that I almost always ran on smooth pavements which allowed my foot to land a little harder without being punished. As soon as I switched to running on more challenging surfaces (dirt track, stoney and gravel paths) my calluses didn't bother me any more.

Was I running more carefully? It certainly seems that way. :)

Andy from
http://www.myrunningtips.com/

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