I’ve written about this before, but the message is worth repeating.
I’m hearing a lot more about people getting injured running in minimalist running shoes. Frankly I’m not surprised. However, it’s not shoes, it’s the way people are running in them. Here are my “rules” for minimalist running.
- If you don’t have good technique, then don’t do long or hard workouts in minimalist running shoes.
- If you don’t have good technique, and you do a lot of running in minimalist running shoes, then don’t blame the shoes for your injuries, blame yourself.
- Don’t believe for one minute that just putting on minimalist shoes is going to “force” you to adopt good technique. This is wishful thinking by people too lazy to invest in their running technique.
- Learn how to run with good technique! Then you’ll be able to wear almost anything you want when you run. Within reason of course.
Almost every week I see someone running Vibrams. I have yet to randomly spot a runner in Vibrams who wasn’t landing on his or her heels. Sometimes they are landing so hard, it takes every bit of self-control I can muster not to tackle the runner in question, and start lecturing him or her on technique. Of course I don’t do this, I couldn’t afford the law suits, nor do I like getting beaten up. But the take away is that it’s not about the shoes it’s about the technique. If your technique is crap, then minimalist shoes are not going magically improve your crappy technique.