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brad_71 Rookie 7 posts since
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Jul 29, 2011 6:22 AM

information on minimalist shoes

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...

  • hrsegirl Rookie 7 posts since
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    1. Sep 22, 2011 11:43 AM (in response to brad_71)
    information on minimalist shoes

    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!

    Suzy Meathrell

    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)

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