Sunday, May 16, 2010

My First Barefoot Run

I'm back and I hope to be posting regularly again.

I just received my copy of the book Barefoot Running by Michael Sandler. I'm going to hold off discussing the book until I've finished it. However, reading the book has inspired me to do something that I've been meaning to do for a while now, start experimenting with barefoot running. I've been reticent to do this, because, having grown up in shoes, I expect that my feet are going to need a lot of conditioning, and I'm not looking forward to "breaking them in". Regardless of the assumed discomfort, I need to do this to continue my study of running technique. In my opinion, barefoot running is a great test of running technique. If you can run fast while barefoot, without injury, then the chances are that your technique is fairly sound. I have seen barefoot runners with bad technique, but they seem to be the exception rather than the rule.

After my run this evening, I slipped of my racing flats, and jogged about 200 yards on a flat concrete sidewalk. I stopped, took stock of my feet, and ran back. While running, I just concentrated on my technique, and ran at a conservative pace. All in all, it went very well. I could have gone further, but I didn't want to make the mistake of  over-doing it. I did step on a couple of pebbles, but surprisingly they didn't hurt very much at all. In any case, I'm looking forward to exploring barefoot running more, and of course writing about it here.

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