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 Post subject: Otter Trail Barefoot
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:12 pm 
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Last week three people walked the entire Otter Trail barefoot.

Is this a first?


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 Post subject: Re: Otter Trail Barefoot
Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:49 am 
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Goodness :big_eyes:

I wonder. :hmz:

There has been a shift in endurance running to barefoot running. The thinking behind this move has been that this is how we have evolved and it would therefore make bio-mechanical sense. My feeling about that is that "tar"roads were never a part of our evolution, so that would possibly put lots of strain on joints, bones and ligaments.

Barefoot hiking is another matter though. I should imagine if you prepare your feet well, it would be a "liberating" experience.

I hated wearing shoes as a child. Bare feet were essential tools for climbing trees. Children have a true sense of our natural skills.

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 Post subject: Re: Otter Trail Barefoot
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After running on tar and wearing shoes with heels for so long, I tried bare foot running and saw my mielie :hmz: . After building up strength in my feet and calves, it is realy liberating. Viva Zola Budd Viva!


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 Post subject: Re: Otter Trail Barefoot
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How do you prepare your feet for something like this?

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 Post subject: Re: Otter Trail Barefoot
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DinkyBird wrote:
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How do you prepare your feet for something like this?


I think that the only way to prepare for this is to walk barefoot at home for a period of three weeks. Some folks in Africa have never worn any form of shoes and their soles look like the bottom of an elephant's foot. They say that if you give them shoes, they will wear it out from the inside.

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 Post subject: Re: Otter Trail Barefoot
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:59 pm 
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My 11 year old son found it easier than I did. Some conditioning required, but not an excessive amount. Having run & walked the Otter many times, this was by far the most intimate & felt part of the environment rather than passing through it. Different textures & temperatures (cool forest leaf litter, hot sand etc) made for a truely memorable experience.


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