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Another effect of barefoot running..

Whilst in my search for a new pair of trail shoes..I am very specific.. I am failing to find the same pair that I have.

Tomorrow I will be trialling a pair of Inov8’s…let see.

However as one does when surfing the web, I got distracted and saw a post on “should you run in minimalist shoes/barefoot?”  Something popped up here that was different to the standard fare of information, and it stood out to me, as I happened to notice this particular issue yesterday!  And it had me wondering about the cause and effect of this issue


The writer referred to the strengthening of ones lower calves and ankles needed for barefoot running, and I have previously commented on a different muscle structure I am observing twixt myself and other runners.  In the above photo, this is from a group of trail runners, I am wearing the full floppy hat and the lady next to me is a road runner new to trails.  .   Take a look at our ankles.  See the difference in my ankle even compared to the men? At the photo below take a look a my calves..


I was always known for my “trim/slim” legs, toned by gym and a lifetime of high heels.  Yesterday I saw that my lower legs seem particularly strongly formed, and my ankles seem a lot thicker than others in the photo?  I thought it may have been the angle of the shot, but there were many group photos and this was evident in all of them!

In an earlier post I raised the topic of changing foot shape, but commented that I had been a barefoot person generally at home, so no impact..yesterday really surprised me with my ankles…Cannot decide if this is a happy face or sad face moment!  But an observation it is…

About Dale-Lyn

Hi, I am in my mid forties and run barefoot. Mostly really barefoot, sans any form of foot protection. My claim to fame for this blog, is that I have run my first full marathon completely and really barefoot, in a respectable time of 4:16. Scroll through my posts and enjoy them - all with a good sense of humour too. My story is simply my story of running barefoot, brought about by all the various questions people ask me. I am not a specialist of any sort or any particular athlete or doctor or guru. I am an average woman who runs barefoot, enters a few club runs and a few fun runs. I run races from 5km to marathon. I love trail running, and include chats about my trail adventures. To date, although I only started running end of August 2013, I have done nearly 2000km, of that at least 1500km in barefeet. Real barefoot. No minimalist shoes. Although when I do run in shoes I use my zero drop mimimus ones (haha - they are my ONLY pair of running shoes..) The blog tells of my journey through life, on the road, barefoot. The journey my real barefeet go through when they connect with the road. The emotions my real barefeet bring out - in me, in passers by, in fellow runners. The aggressive reactions and debates as to the well being of the real bare-feet I run in. The passive acceptance of my real bare-feet and their exposure to the elements. The humour to show those real bare-feet of mine are not just a piece of running equipment, a statement, a leftie or a rightie, but real flesh and blood feet with real issues. An interesting post note..I commenced my first active run in August 2013 progressing sporadically. But it really was only from May 2014 that I started running on a consistent and slightly more serious note and slightly faster than walking pace. I am scheduled to run my Comrades Marathon in May 2015..that is a massive progression from walk/shuffle er um excuse me look at me run.. to aiming to run a World famous Ultra. Some one pinch me please!


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