There is a craze that is sweeping the nation right now. And that craze is barefoot running.
It is exactly what it sounds like. Running with no shoes on. Or, if you prefer to keep your feet intact, shoe companies are coming out with “minimalist” shoes to run in. Like these:
I’ve been doing some research on this for awhile because the idea fascinates me. For years all I heard was that if you have problems in your knees, hips, ankles, shins, back, etc etc etc, it is because you’re not wearing the correct shoes. Now they’re saying do away with shoes and/or padding altogether?? Can this be real?
Apparently, it has a lot to do with your running economy, and how you strike your foot to the ground. Traditional running shoes encourage a “heel strike” because they are kind of heavy and provide cushioning to counteract the force of that heel strike, making it bearable. Minimalist shoes encourage a “midfoot strike” where you do not land on your heel when you run, but around the center. Heel striking in barefeet is too painful and will jack up your feet because it isn’t naturally how we were built to run, some say. The midfoot strike allows for a quicker turn over (more steps per minute) and a softer landing, which should happen naturally over time just out of self-preservation. Your body relearns how to run.
Lots of people say they love it and won’t ever go back. I’m down to try this.
I think I’m going to try a pair of these…
I’ll get back to you on this. Wish me luck.
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