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My 1st Trail training in Huaraches

Last Sunday, I tried mountain trail in sandals and it works...with poles though to help while descending.
11 km and 675 m ascend and descend.

My Xeroshoes Amuri Cloud are amazing.


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Vers 2h00 de course, le bassin bien bloqué. Alors je repère de la pelouse sur le côté et je fais qq Surya Namaskara. Et ça repart. Cela me permet de me faire dépasser par la sucette 4h30, ce qui était mon objectif: Surtout faire plus que 4h30 sinon il y avait un risque de casser ou bloquer qq chose d'encore branlant.

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I noticed that even though I have a neutral and silent stride and can run miles barefoot, I could not solve the issue of the rubbing of the string between my 1st and 2nd toe.
In fact, the blisters came after 5-8 k, and not between the toes, which would be a sign of overstriding, but BELOW the toes. Plus, I also made a terrible flapping sound when running.

So I checked my stride on video and found that I dorsiflex a lot, i.e. my toes are bent a lot upwards before landing. When I do that when still, I can clearly see the strings touching hard the skin far below the 1st and 2nd toe. OK so that explains the rubbing and the huge blisters in some cases.
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Last Sunday, I ran the whole 42.2 km of the Marathon de Paris in Huaraches, the running sandals of the Tarahumara, the Mexican tribe of the best endurance Runners on Earth.
I ran it much much slower than any of them, but I think I enjoyed it just the same.

That is the Tarahumara Spirit : Running must not be painful, EVER !!!
So while you are having pleasure, why speed should be an issue. Think of another activity where you do not want to end it too soon !!!

I practiced running in sandals for 2 years, with the last 6 months of gradual increase in distance, running only in Huaraches.

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I now run with shoes only when the temperature is too cold and my second toes are becoming grey of ischemic freezing. or in mountain trails because I cannot run downhill, and then the string between the toes hurts.

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