Sunday, May 23, 2010

Another Update on Barefoot Running - Ouch

I did another barefoot "run" today. I discovered that the sidewalks in my neighborhood are covered with sharp pebbles, and they are not exactly barefoot friendly. I also tried running on a cinder track which was just as uncomfortable as the sidewalk.

As difficult as the rubberized track was, I'm going to have to rethink my strategy and run there for awhile. The sidewalks in my neighborhood are going to require more training time before I can handle the pebbles.


  1. It will take some time to get your feet conditioned. As a Pose runner, you must have a fast cadence, which really helps when running barefoot - less time between foot landings, so if you step on something not-so-pleasant, your next foot is in place quickly to plant. In case it's helpful, here's a link to a post in which I summed up one way to condition the feet, called the 12 Step Program to Run Barefoot:

    Good luck!

  2. Hi Clynton,

    Thanks for the encouragement and advice. I expected it to take a while to condition my feet. I'll be sure to look over your blog for more helpful information.

    For anyone else reading this, Clynton's blog URL is

  3. I think it was in a video interview with Chris McDougall he had to develop "eye / foot coordination". :-) I've only done a very little amount of barefooting, but I've been amazed when I let my mind wander and don't periodically scan the surface I'm on - the sidewalk has a lot more pebbles.

  4. Hi Jim,

    Thanks for the input. I hope to get to that point soon. I do need to relax more, when running barefoot. I think part of my problem, is that I expected to go through a difficult transition to barefooting, and so that's exactly what I'm getting.