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JJReth Rookie 6 posts since
Jan 18, 2012
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Jan 18, 2012 8:07 AM

Barefoot Running Transition Program

I am a massage therapist and personal trainer in Austin, TX. I specialize in the treatment and prevention of chronic pain and injury. I am an advocate of a barefoot lifestyle to promote a healthy posture with less chronic pain and injury over a lifetime. Below are a couple of articles I wrote with programs instructing how to slowly transition to barefoot or minimalist walking and running. I also included a self treatment for plantar fasciitis. Feel free to share if you find them helpful.



Six Week Walking Program – Transition to Running


Twelve Week Running Program For An Injury Free Barefoot/Minimalist Transition


Self Treatment For Plantar Fasciitis


Thank you.

  • wildfreightess Amateur 23 posts since
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    1. Jan 18, 2012 1:21 PM (in response to JJReth)
    Barefoot Running Transition Program

    wow... This is EXACTLY what I'm looking for. I plan on venturing into the minimalist shoe running culture after my Half in March and THIS is exactly what I have been looking for. Thank you so much for posting. I'm bookmarking these links!

  • Joseph Tree Legend 378 posts since
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    3. Jan 22, 2012 10:50 AM (in response to JJReth)
    Barefoot Running Transition Program

    Hi JJ, I haven't read the articles yet, but am going to as soon as I have a few minutes off from kids.  However, I thought you might float your articles by my peeps over at the Barefoot Runners Society.  They have an awesome body of collective experience and are committed to advancing the BF and natural running style and encouraging anyone who's interested. 


    For myself it's like hearsay - my transition was from "couch" as in zero running, to BFR and started 22 months ago.  I just read everything I could find on the web and went out to find a place to run.  It went ... interestingly. My first runs were on a trail biker's trail and included lots of varieties of surfaces. Sand, gravel, roots, crushed stone, packed dirt and twiggy mulch.  I look back on those runs with great fondness, but think I probably would have benefitted from the sort of info you've put into your writng.

    Barefoot / Minimalist Runner

    ...not maintaining this these days..

    07/29/2012 Marsh Creek Raptor Run 10 Mile Trail Race

    07/15/2012 Quadzilla 15K Trail Run, Trexlertown, PA 1:37 (2011, 1:49)

    04/29/2012 Lehigh Valley / St. Luke's HM, 1:43:15 (2011, 1:54:20 )

    03/19/2012 Kutztown Fool's Run 10 Miler, 1:18:15 (2011, 1:30:20)

    02/26/2012 Ugly Mudder 7.2 Mile Trail Run, Reading, PA 1:20

    11/27/2011 Dirty Bird 15K Trail Run, Birdsboro, PA 1:40

    10/08/2011 Lehigh Gap Nature Center 10K Trail Run (6.38 miles), 59:20 (10/07/2012)

    Started running (again) May 5, 2010

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