|Manong Maning from Davao City who ran the 50 mile / 80km ultramarathon on bare feet |
photo source: Facebook from a fellow runner
|with fellow barefoot runners around school campus|
Advocates say that barefoot running improves foot biomechanics and reduces chances of injury. While of course, non - advocates would claim otherwise.
While various contentions are present about running, I could only claim that we have our own passion and advocacy to address to. Like while others would prefer unorthodox running with shoes on, others would rather prefer bare or when others prefer fine commercial cigars for smoking, others go for blunt cigars.
Barefoot running supporters claim that barefoot running would allow the following benefits:
- It promotes natural form of running, thereby, improving running economy, so, you spend less energy than most traditional runners;
- Comparing to heel strikers, barefoot running requires that you land on midfoot / forestrike that you reduce impact on your ankles and other injuries like calf pulls and Achillies tendinitis.
- It improves balance;
- You get more conscious of your running form.
While there can be risk with barefoot running, the idea is to do the transition gradually, avoid overstriding and brace yourself with how the general public would see you on bare feet.