Since posting something about a new found way of running, I have begun to run barefoot. Or, as barefoot as I can. It is currently too cold to run completely barefoot and my gym doesn’t allow bare feet. So, I bought some “barefoot shoes.” They are called Vibram Five Fingers and they are wonderful!
I have been running in these shoes for two weeks and these are my thoughts so far…
Though I have long loved running, after switching to “bare feet” running is immediately more fun. It’s like running to the playground after the bell for the start of recess has rung. Automatically my form became better and my irrational fear of ever becoming a “shuffle” runner disappeared.
I’ve always thought of running as something that should be a natural human activity. Running barefoot makes it just that. No odd shaped boxes impede your step, and your legs move forward with simple and easy grace.
My recommendation: kick off your regular “running” shoes and go barefoot. The transition is bliss. I will warn, however, that while your body is transitioning, your calves kill! Stretch well and take it slow: ten-fifteen minute runs. Barefoot running is well worth the extra soreness, though. It is a delight.