I’ve been reading Born To Run. I’m not quite finish but decided reflect on what I’ve read thus far not to mention I have a mild sprain in both ankles so the book is really hitting home. In general I have read up to 80% of runners suffer a running injury annually. This percentage sounds extremely high but I guess in all sports even when athletes aren’t injured they are taping up body parts or icing them and or doing something else to protect themselves from an injury. In running though the new assertion is that running barefoot would practically wipe out the odds of injury. The research on this topic is still considered limited although ultra runners and marathoners who have been looking to improve there runs and remain injury free have seen phenomenal results, that’s what they are reporting and what the book Born To Run is about. I had previously considered trying out minimus shoes because of prior articles I read, not to mention I know the parents of the author who wrote, The Barefoot Book. The book isn’t on running and no I haven’t read it, but it talks about how people would suffer less or no foot related problems if they got rid of there shoes. Several people I know have literally kicked off there shoes after reading the book. I don’t want to do what’s new and trendy but what works. I’m also not prepared to ditch all my shoes. I’m on the fence but I think I’ll give barefoot running a try. Going barefoot while running requires a slow progression from walking to running. Many like to breeze past the slow phase and jump into running thus causing injuries. I plan to take it nice and slow. Since I’m sort of injured I figured this is the best time to start. Why get acclimated back into sneakers when I can gradually get acclimated into barefoot running?
Hopefully my lack of running for the past week doesn’t affect my Spartan Race but I’ll know at the finish line!
Do you run barefoot? Would you try it?