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The Pros and Cons of Barefoot Running

The Science (and Common Sense) of Running without Footwear

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I would NEVER run barefooted! Report
4DOGMOM1
thanks Report
thanks Report
My feet would never take the pounding Report
My feet would never take the pounding Report
Barefoot running is not for me either! Report
Bare foot running is not for me. Report
CACUJIN
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. Report
MUSICNUT
Thanks for a great article! :) Report
CATNAP629
good article Report
Interesting Report
Used to go barefoot and could actually walk on stones. Now I need some kind of padding on my feet. Good article. Report
Thank You for a great article. Report
BONDMANUS2002
Great until it snows. Report

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