According to an article in Runner’s World, barefoot running is the way to go. Apparently, some studies have actually shown little to no difference in shock absorption up the leg in runners wearing shoes? So why do we wear them? Just to keep our feet soft and protected? (That would actually be a good enough reason for me.) I never want to go for a run and step on glass or gravely pebbles.
There are some concerns that barefoot running is tough on the Achilles tendon and can lead to plantar fasciitis. Because of this runners need to build up to barefoot running very slowly. This bothers me too. If I go for a run now, I do a minimum of 3.6 miles. I don’t want to have to start running less than that. This alone would be enough reason for me never to make the switch.
There is helpful information on Harvard’s website. I went there after finding another site claiming that a Harvard study found that running barefoot was considerably better than shoe […]