Some of you that have been running barefoot for a few years may be able to relate to the reactions people gave prior to the "Born to Run" revolution. When I first started barefoot running, people generally fell into three categories:
- They thought it was interesting, contemplated trying it themselves, and asked thoughtful questions,
- They reacted with indifference,
- They reacted with some degree of disbelief/ disgust/ or other somewhat negative emotion.
Fast forward to today. I have not received any sort of negative comment for some time. Now I get A LOT of questions from people that are considering it. A very small number of people will express some disbelief in the merits of barefoot running, but I no longer experience the negativity of the third group from above. Barefoot running has become mainstream enough to make it socially acceptable to try it without risk of being social ostracized.
Since I publicly announced my intentions to start running in a Sport Kilt, I am facing the exact same reactions I experienced as a new barefoot runner years ago. About a third of the people I talk to are enthusiastically supportive and want to try it themselves. Another third seems indifferent. The final third reacts with comments ranging from "I could never do that!" to "What the Hell is wrong with you!"
I started barefoot running because I found it gave me a competitive advantage. I also enjoyed it more than running in heavy, clunky, smelly shoes. I find myself attracted to the Sport Kilt for the same reason. It eliminates some problems created by my previously preferred combination of running shorts and compression shorts, and I enjoy the experience.
Despite the objections of a few of my peers, I will continue to explore the kilt option.
Most if not all of us have done some things that have cut against the grain of socially-acceptable behaviors... please share in the "comments' section!