I've been running in VFFs since July of last year and I've experienced many of the transition pains as well as some running related pains. I've gone through this journey and it's been a trial and error thing as well as total lack of understanding. I'm keep seeing a lot of posts that are more or less similar to what I've posted when I've began or have been posted by others - it's the same thing over and over again and most are the result of the same mistake: Too much too soon. As a generalization, there are two kinds of new VFF runners: Those such as myself - have not run in a longtime or have never run; and those that are longtime experienced shod runners and think they can do the same distance in VFFs. Most understand that there is a break-in period, but it seems many think it's only a couple of weeks.
I thought that maybe a sticky of a very basic and short list - maybe a list of ten and links barefoot running resources - might be useful. I don't have a point-by-point list in mind, but I have a couple of thoughts that I'd like to throw in for discussion. If you're going to run barefoot, then start by running barefoot. The idea is that in doing so, you're less likely to over do it when starting out - your feet, your bare feet, are the natural limiter. This is not new, it's been stated by various resources online. There should be an emphasis on starting out slow, I mean really slow. It's stated on the VFF box, it's stated on barefoot running sites, it's said by, well, people like me who learned the hard way. Perhaps the first point on the list should be something like, start out slow, you'll get to the same place after a year w/o all the unnecessary pains.
Many people may ignore these general warnings in the beginning, but perhaps after the first time some may actually click the sticky and take heed. Again, I think the most important thing is: Slow it Down, Take Your Time, It Will Come.