According to a recent study on NPR, Humans Were Born to Run Barefoot. Is this true? If so, that’s quite intriguing. All my life, from my Track & Field days in high school to running outdoors/treadmill/marathons now, I’ve always thought that running in shoes was the way to go. That’s all I knew. That’s all I did.
And with good reason, too. During a run session, the stress you put on your feet and body is very strenuous. The impact from running is so great, it only makes sense that you need good footwear to prevent your feet and body from injuries. That’s why the footwear of today include functionalty like “cloud-like” cushioning and foot-arch support. Which is fine. I support that. I’ve been running with shoes all my life. Heck, I even put arch supports in my left shoe because my left leg is shorter than my right one! But after reading the article of NPR, I was interested to see if this was really true. So I began running. Without shoes. On my treadmill.
How did I fair? I’ve got to admit. I liked it. My stride seems longer, and I feel I can run further. Don’t get me wrong, though. When I started, everything hurt. My achilles heel, my calves, my thighs. And I’ve been running for a while. The only explanation I could find for this was that my muscles were “re-training” themselves to accommodate my new running style. Running sans shoes. There was one problem, though. I wanted to take my running outside. Outside? Barefoot?! Are you crazy?! Ouch! It must have been luck that I saw the Vibram Five Fingers at Macworld 2010. Now, let I have to ask: Would you rock this footwear while running? Or would you run away from this style? I’ll let you know how this goes. In the meantime, let us know what you think in the comments.