1 year ago this month I shifted to barefoot-style running, and it has been one of my best decisions ever. I made the change after reading the novel, Born to Run, by Christopher McDougal, which should proceed towards the very top of your must-read list in case you are a runner.
Here’s a fast summary of my year-long Primus Trail Firm Ground Test of the style: Running is “smoother,” it hurts less and it’s more fun. But do not take my word for it.
First of all, here is the definition of barefoot-style conducting:
Running with no heel-strike. Just as though you were running in place, only moving ahead.
BF style running does not mean you’re shoeless. It means you’re running like you’re shoeless. In the event that you were running barefoot on a sidewalk you would automatically run just on your forefoot, because landing on your heel would hurt. The heavy landing your unprotected heel bone would immediately leave you debilitating and gimpy.
BF style running means landing your elastic forefoot ( the front part of the foot, starting at the normal “bend”), allowing your elbows to act as shock absorbers and eliminating the “shock-wave” that occurs every time you land on your heel.
NOTE: You can run in barefoot style without shoes. You do not have to use the Vibram 5-Finger shoes.
Were you aware that the conducting world never used a heel-strike technique until 1972?
Back in 1972 Nike came out with the Cortez shoe, which for the first time ever sported a hugely cushioned heel, and encouraged runners to lengthen their stride by landing on their heels rather than their forefeet. It seemed good on paper, but running injuries have steadily improved since.
Runners are hurting themselves more than ever , even in increasingly more technologically advanced shoes.
And it’s all because we are taking away our foot’s built-in capability to absorb effect safely. “Motion control”, “multi-angle forefoot gel pods”, “midfoot thrust enhancers” and even microprocessors that automatically correct cushioning for each stride — all of the shoe attributes cause more injuries — not less.
Over a decade ago a Swiss research found that wearing top-of-the-line running shoes produced you 123% more likely to get injured than wearing cheap ones. What’s the difference between pricey sneakers & economical ones? Motion control. The high-dollar shoes are costly just because of all of the technology added to this shoe. These fancy attributes all stop your foot from protecting itself. Which means more injuries.
Less can be more in sneakers. Allowing your foot to move freely can prevent abnormal movement patterns while allowing your foot built-in shock absorption features to operate more effectively.