Posted by on Nov 20, 2010

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Eating less-processed food is nutritionally superior. Going to bed when the sun goes down, or close to it, allows our endocrine system to operate at its best. Spending time outdoors in a beautiful, natural setting is good for the psyche. Given all the above, doesn’t it stand to reason that stripping away such artificial devices as running shoes would improve our gait mechanics and overall fitness level?

We will explore that hypothesis over the next few weeks and months. Many are jumping on the “barefoot running” bandwagon. Others deride them as nuts. Risky behavior or solid science?

I have ordered 2 books:

“Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen”
Christopher McDougall

and

“The Barefoot Running Book Second Edition: A Practical Guide to the Art and Science of Barefoot and Minimalist Shoe Running”
Jason Robillard

I am also doing a lot of reading, pro and con, on the subject. But I like to learn by doing, so after I am satisfied that I know enough to get started, I will embark on a barefoot running program and log my progress here. My friend and running partner Paula Tuttle has agreed to run with me.

If you would like to try it, please join us by logging your progress in the COMMENTS section below. I would strongly advise screening for potential injury, reading up, and seeking the wisdom of a trainer who knows first-hand about the practice.