Originally Posted by antirabbit
Ran 3.5 miles with my daughter in the evening (shes really fast for a 6 year old)
and in the afternoon I ran 1.5 miles barefoot on the treadmill to begin to build up my callouses.
Im nearly fully commited to midfoot striking, have a few pairs of minimalist shoes on the way (NB MR805WS, Mizuno Elixer 5, and NB MT100's). Calves feel good.
did you have to drastically change your running form? or were you nearly there? I'm a natural forefoot striker and then went onto the pose method (to further the efficiency). It worked out great but I did really do it slow (from a walk to run program over a year).
i havent gone as far as doing full barefoot runs, but I do run in very minimalist shoes (ie Puma H street).
My shoe pattern from normal to minimal went like this:
Asics Kayano and Nimbus (2mths)
Asics Hyperspeed (2mths)
Mizuno Wave Universe/Puma H Street/NB 130XLU (now my regular running shoes).
I haven't had any injuries throughout, but I did build up very gradually. its helped me remain pain/injury free and lose 40+lbs in the process.