Before I get into my paranoia-filled conspiracy theory, I have to reiterate my stance on barefoot running versus shoes: I believe barefoot running is not for everyone, though most runners could probably benefit from some barefoot training. Also, shoes aren't inherently bad. Some people are able to run with near-perfect form in shoes even if they have a 20mm heel-to-toe drop, 3 inches of EVA and gel-padded sole, and encase the foot like an iron boot. Essentially, shoes are not inherently evil.
I use Google Alerts. Google scours the Interwebs for predetermined phrases. The result- I get a daily digest of the instances when certain phrases are published to the 'Web. It's a method to keep tabs on all things barefoot.
Over the last few days, a slew (about 20-40) posts have been appearing. Some appear on brand-new blogs. Others appear on running store websites (that do not carry minimalist shoes.) Some appear on random sites unrelated to running or exercise.
In almost every instance, the post appears to be cut-and-pasted with a few select words changed. Presumably, this is to increase exposure so the site is not penalized. I am pretty sure this is an attempt at search engine optimization. Web techies, is this correct?
Anyway, this is one example of the phrase:
Getting out for a run is a sensible way to get physically fit mainly because it requires very minimal requirements in terms of of amenities and also equipment. The sole facility required will be some open room and the only gear which is required is generally some good jogging shoes. Nonetheless, lately there has been plenty of press consideration directed at the concept of running barefoot. To begin with this could seem to be odd due to the hard roads that people run on. A very small group of runners use barefoot running, yet they make some amazing claims for the rewards for it.
A number of the gains said range from the a far more face to face with the environment feelings, a smaller amount injuries, a lot more muscle mass power and improved function. In addition they believe present day jogging shoes are usually the cause of most of the overuse injuires that are seen in runners. There is, nonetheless not merely one piece of proof that running shoes contribute to injuries and there is additionally no research evidence that barefoot running is actually much better or worse than working out in shoes. There is some research that has researched the actual variations among without footwear and shod jogging, but none of this research has demonstrated any particular one is better than the other, though many in the without shoes groups read it that way.
There is most likely nothing wrong with barefoot running so long that it’s performed moderately as part of a balanced running strategy and time is put in adapting to this slowly and gradually. Too much of a quick transition within any kind of part of the exercise program is likely to result in injury.
So now my conspiracy theory... since it is unlikely so many people over a variety of backgrounds would post this, could this be some sort of "plant" from a known anti-barefoot entity? Why is the working changed slightly in almost every instance? It's not necessarily inflammatory like many previous anti-barefoot posts, which is probably more effective at dissuading people from trying barefoot running.
Am I just too paranoid?