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The Pros and Cons of Barefoot Running
The Science (and Common Sense) of Running without Footwear
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Barefoot running is not for me either!
Bare foot running is not for me.
I am bare foot most of my life. I wear shoes when I am in public because I was taught it was polite to keep the feet covered around strangers.
When I run, I run on my toes. Sprinting.
Ready: I plant my feet to find balance
Set: I raise up onto the balls of the feet (the fleshy part near the toes)
Go: I push off with the side of the ball and big toes.
My heels never touch the ground excepted when I am changing direction or slowing down. My heels are my breaks. :P
Con: pea gravel and sand: the ball/toes tend to shovel the loose material backwards so energy transfer is lower.
Pro: Running backwards works great this way. Better stability: no stumbling. Improved speed and agility. Naked toes allow for more grip on uneven terrain.
Thanks for a great article! :)
Used to go barefoot and could actually walk on stones. Now I need some kind of padding on my feet. Good article.
Thank You for a great article.
Great until it snows.
I ran barefoot all the time on our farm when I was little but now i'm older and live in the city where there are too many things to step on (glass, nails, etc) I do love my Carters shoes though which have a very thin sole and are very flexible. I think thats about as close as I will ever come to running barefoot again.
When I was young, summer was finally here when you were allowed to go outside barefoot. I think the benefits of being shod augment the possible dangers of running barefoot and shoes should be worn to prevent injury and infection.
Interesting I never go bare foot except to shower or swim. Sounds like fun but our beaches are to safe for going bare foot.
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