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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Why I Love Barefoot Running

After spending the winter running indoors or suffering with my feet being wrapped in some type of minimalist shoes, I finally got a chance to do a trail run on dirt with Shelly (check out her blog here).  I wouldn't even classify it as a run.  It was two and a half hours of playing.  The feeling of the trails on my soles was simply euphoric.  Sometimes people ask why I run barefoot.  My first instinct is rattle off the injury prevention aspect, increased tactile or proprioception, or even oxygen savings.  

Truth be told, I run barefoot because it is really f***ing fun!  For those of you that have just started, it can be discouraging.  Trust me, IT IS WORTH THE EFFORT!  Running barefoot has the magical capability to take you back to your childhood.  If you do not enjoy running- ditch the shoes!  





8 comments:

  1. Having fun barefoot running seems to me to be one of the most important reasons to do it. I think that's really why my husband wants to get back to it. We'll see how it goes. Great pix!

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  2. Love the photos! You are so right about the fun. Nothing like it.

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  3. looks like lots of fun! be sure to tell shell that she is looking GOOD!

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  4. Okay, you talked me into it...I shall give the barefoot thing a try!

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  5. Trails are the best way to get your feet back in shape after winter. There's 0 chance for blistering if you picked up any bad habits during the shoe months. I managed to get a little in today before the sticks and acorns got to be a bit much. It was the most enjoyable part of my long run, so I plan on doing a lot more this week on the cleaner MTB trails.

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  6. A little jealous... can't wait to have barefoot skills. Baby steps, right?

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  7. Is Shelley your girlfriend? She's hawt.

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