I am intrigued by the barefoot/minimalist running phenomenon. However, I am 6'3" and 250 lbs (about 24% body fat and dropping). I am 15 weeks into my running program after a 12 week layoff from an injury to my foot; I have been running off and on for 8 years. I am now transitioning from being a heel striker to mid-foot running.
I would like to try some minimalist shoes but feel that I am too heavy. Just curious...
As you are a heavy person, you are even MORE likely to benefit from barefoot running. I would suggest checking out Barefoot Running by Michael Sanders. The biggest thing is to GO SLOW with your transition. I was heavy, also, when I started running in my VFFs, and while I am lighter now, I'm still probably on the heavy side. I have no injuries and LOVE running light - it's a totally different feeling. Good luck!
2010: 289 lbs.
2011: 3 5ks, PR of 24.54 (now 23.54!)
2012: 3 10ks, PR of 50.10
Gonna do a 1/2 in December 2012
2013: Wildflower Triathlon (Olympic Length)