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Barefoot Running Resources

Below are top resources on SparkPeople for Barefoot Running.

The Pros and Cons of Barefoot Running

Although barefoot running has been practiced in some parts of the world for hundreds of years, the concept has only recently gained popularity as an alternative to traditional running shoes in the Western world.  The book "Born to Run,"...  Read more

A Motivational Story of Olympic Proportions

As I write this, the 2008 Summer Olympics are just around the corner. Athletes from around the world will gather in Bejing, China, to compete in their respective sports in hopes of honoring their countries and fulfilling lifelong dreams of winning Ol...  Read more

An Exerciser's Guide to Skin Care

There’s no disputing the fact that exercise is good for the human body. So it stands to reason that exercise would also benefit the body's largest organ: its skin. But does working up a sweat actually do anything good for your skin—or...  Read more

Running Essentials for Dogs

Dogs make excellent running partners. They're happy to go out for a jog no matter what the weather is like, and they'll never call you at the last minute to cancel because they stayed up too late watching reruns of the The Real Housewives. Bu...  Read more

Can I Enter Races with My Dog?

If you're looking for another good reason to try running, look to your dog. Running together can be a great way to make sure your beloved family dog gets or stays in shape right along with you. Many dogs are happy to run alongside their owners fo...  Read more

Getting back to running after an injury
Updated 3/27/2014 5:39:12 PM

I saw this link and though it might be helpful lifehacker.com/how-to-return-to-running-af
ter-an-injury-1553063140 The main principles stood out to me: A short test run to see if any pain presented 3-4 days of low mileage to establis...  Read more

Running out of ideas for meals....
Updated 3/27/2014 10:57:12 PM

I'm just curious what are your staples that you buy when you grocery shop. I feel like I'm running out of ideas of what to have for lunch breakfast, snacks, and dinners. I'm feeling like I'm in a rut when it comes to meals. I have four kids, a couple...  Read more

Can I run a 10K in a month?
Updated 3/28/2014 5:08:37 AM

I am considering signing up for a 10k that is at the end of April but I want to make sure I have enough time to prepare. I currently run 3-4 days per week, anywhere between 2.5-4.5 miles each time. I would say the average I run is about 3.3 miles, an...  Read more

Why did I gain weight after I started running?
Updated 3/28/2014 1:15:31 PM

I took a LONG break from exercising over the winter, and tracking calories for that matter, but got back on the calorie tracking in January and successfully have lost about 15 lbs. At the very beginning of March, I took up running again after t...  Read more

nearing 65 and still running!
Updated 3/25/2014 1:19:17 AM

I have been running over 30 years, never was fast, 9-10 minute miles and not races. I started doing longer distances in 2008 and have now run 20 half marathons and one marathon. I am just so darn slow, that now I am beginning to get discouraged. I...  Read more

If not by land then by water!

I really hate to exercise, it would cause so much pain. I needed to build up the muscles! So I started water jogging. Same benefits, much more fun, and no pain. You'll feel like noodle when you get out of the water though ;)...  Read more

Wii fit!

Put ankle weights and arm weights before playing wii fit, not only do you get the benefit of being active on something really fun -- but the added resistance from the ankle weights and arm weights burns more calories!...  Read more

Road Runners

This is for anyone currently running road races or wanting to as one of your goals....  Read more

Poll: 5 Footwear Trends for 2011, Which One(s) Have You Tried?

Having been a member of the running community for over five years now, I have seen a number of new footwear trends picking up speed. Last month the American College of Sports Medicine released its top five footwear trends for 2011. Everything from b...  Read more

We Tried It: Vibram Barefoot Running Shoes

The Internet--including the SparkPeople Message Boards--have been abuzz for the recently with talk of barefoot running. Member CAMPB528 wrote me, asking to review her beloved Vibram Five Fingers barefoot running shoes. A few weeks later, she tracked...  Read more

Barefoot Running - Dangerous or Superior?

I don't often link to Mark Sisson's blog, just because I don't always have time to read it. But with this post I could not resist because he addressed a topic that is commonly misunderstood, in particular by competitive runners and I think he include...  Read more

"Barefoot" Running in the Rain

To be clear, I am wearing "barefoot" running shoes (I'm going to change that to minimalist) if that makes any sense. I went to run and am getting better at figuring out my stride, so that my knees don't hurt. I also don't want to hurt my calves whi...  Read more