The pros and cons of barefoot running
As a child, you probably spent a fair amount of time running barefoot through the grass or down the sidewalk. You ran barefoot on the playground, the beach, and in the street. Gradually though, whether due to simply growing up or concerns for the health and safety of your feet, you began to spend less and less time barefoot, and more and more time wearing shoes.
Let’s face it, shoes are required at work, at school, and pretty much everywhere you shop. However, barefoot running and running in minimalist shoes has become a popular trend over the last several years. If you are a runner, or considering taking up the sport, how do you know if barefoot or minimalist running is for you?
A very brief history of barefoot and minimalist running
Modern barefoot and minimalist running aren’t new concepts. In fact, in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, several runners won many races after training barefoot. Many of these runners were from Africa and rose to prominence in the running word seemingly with ease. Eventually other elite athletes began to notice, and in an effort to gain an edge and improve their performance, several elite runners began to add barefoot running and training in minimalist shoes to their routines. In the last few years these practices have exploded in popularity with athletic companies and shoe manufacturers creating shoes and other training aids specifically with this type of training in mind.