Here’s a synopsis of how I went from couch to barefoot running in three months!
Lee Saxby, an expert in biomechanics, shows us some tips to retrain your form for barefoot running.
I love seeing videos of people barefoot running. Here are two examples that show a person in Vibrams, and a barefoot runner (second video) in the 2010 Boston Marathon. The Vibram runner in particular has great form, he seems to float smoothly.
What hurts: seeing all the heel-strikers!
So you’ve decided that you want to start barefoot running, huh? Allow me to enlighten you on the terrible things that will happen to you when you start walking and running barefoot.
I went to visit my friend Josette in Westchester last weekend, and we took a day trip to the town of Beacon, NY to climb Mount Beacon. She said it was “just a hike” but it turned out to be 1531 feet hike, up some sometimes steep and rocky trails.
The initial approach was gravel. [...]
When you’re walking in shoes, the ground is the ground is the ground. Unless it’s a mud puddle. Or a pile of dogshit.
But beyond that, most of us don’t pay too much attention to what we walk on.
But hen you walk/run barefoot, every surface feels different. When I go for barefoot walks or [...]
A side effect of my barefoot/minimalist running lifestyle is that my feet are spreading. This is a good thing. I’ve never been a high heel gal, but I have been guilty of smushing my already-wide feet into shoes (and sadly in this picture you can see how my big toe curves right to accomplish [...]
I have been a life-long flat footer. Did the wet test and saw an
imprint of my entire foot. flat flat flat. I had the one on the right.
I have been running minimalist/barefoot now for about two months, pure
barefoot for about two weeks.
I was [...]
Ok that title sounds a little medieval.:)
So I’m trying to do everything I can to help my feet along in their healing. I’m already feeling them spread, along with my feet. My toes, scrunched in shoes and asleep for so long, are starting to move more, and wake up. They do still feel a [...]