If you’ve been following the idea of barefoot running for the past few years, you’ve probably seen A LOT of different shoes that all claim to be great for “barefoot style” running. Some of these are also referred to as “minimalist” shoes. But as with most things related to sales and marketing, you can’t blindly … Read more What Makes a “Minimalist” Shoe?
If you are one of the millions of people who run on a regular basis there is a good chance you may have heard about the recent barefoot running “fad.” Up until 18 months ago I thought it was one of the craziest ideas I had ever heard, yet people were leaving their expensive runners … Read more Just Say NO! To Running Shoes
Running form is very important when going barefoot. Going barefoot naturally shifts your stride. This is a good thing. You get more of a mid-foot strike. That comes by necessity, since a barefoot heel strike hurts! But to continue to progress, get faster, lessen chance of injury, pay attention to your form and try to … Read more Barefoot Guide: Further Improvement of Running Form
Remember how I said barefoot running can help to reduce injury? Well, that’s true, but it’s not the full story. There are definitely some dangers to watch out for when running barefoot. You actually open yourself up to quite a few new injuries. Injuries from stepping on thorns and glass. Burns from hot pavement, deep … Read more Barefoot Guide: Dangers of Running Barefoot
You probably won’t be running completely barefoot every time, especially when it comes to long distance runs, rough terrain, and winter weather. (Heck, I love to go barefoot, but I still only go barefoot in grass fields and indoors.) So I’m going to list some barefoot-style shoes that will allow you to run more naturally … Read more Barefoot Guide: “Barefoot” Shoe Options
Now that you’re thinking of trying this barefoot running idea, you have to know how to transition into barefoot running. You can’t just ditch your shoes and go run a marathon! There’s a huge difference between Kenyans (who typically run barefoot since they first learn to walk) and most Americans who have spent the past … Read more Barefoot Guide: Transitioning to Barefoot Running