Thursday, June 30, 2011

Barefoot running explained

Running barefoot on pavement? It sounds crazy doesn't it. I did it last week and survived.

As you may know, I've been recovering from a nasty, nagging plantar fasciitis injury in my right foot since last August. I haven't run regularly since after the Reggae Marathon last December.

Recently though I've tried a combination of barefoot and running shoes (Puma Faas 500) that has allowed me to run relatively pain-free. For the first time last Sunday I completed my first run entirely barefoot...and it was, well, good! While I won't go all the way and run barefoot all the time and in every circumstance, I am now firmly on the side of minimalist running shoes.

Thanks to George Colombo of Natural Stride Running and Dan Cumming of Running in the Zone for their support. Dan sent me this video that shows barefoot runner Mark Cucuzzella 'pounding the pavement'.

Until next time...

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