|with barefoot running enthusiasts|
My first try of barefoot on a rubberized turf consumed my mid - sole with red hot spots that started all my blisters for a month as I shifted to mid - foot running. True enough, midfoot running made me run more efficiently and much faster too (not to mention the 3 - week calf pain from this feat).
So, I stopped my barefoot nightmare and simply stick with midfoot running. However, when I get too tired from long run, I often go back to my bending - from - the - waist run and heel strikes.
So, with my on - and - off ankle sprain from marathon and my restricted budget, I was compelled to explore my barefoot running again. And, surprisingly, after running bare for a month, my ankle sprain has never complained again plus I could keep my new running shoes from constant use and I don't have to buy frequently new running socks that can be quite pricey too.
|photo source: http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2013/02/21/barefoot-running|
Barefoot running advocates say that when we run with shoes, we have this natural tendency to land on our heels causing that unwanted brake (which could slow us down) and hurting our foot, ankle, knee and other weak areas.
With barefoot running, we are forced to land on our mid – sole or forefront and to run in a springy motion causing less impact on the ground. Plus, we get to improve our cadence (ideally, 180 steps per minute could make you about 5 minutes / km pace) should we need to run faster.
Separate convictions are present for pro and cons of barefoot running but as big number of runners get injured (including) every year, I say, that you try barefoot running too. It may take a while to master its mechanics but having a support group that advocates barefoot running and personal motivation against injury – free running, barefoot running can be worth a try.