I love this time of year, and I hate this time of year.
It has not gotten above 35 degrees where I live in almost a month. To a runner, this is ideal weather. Even with the brisk weather, it still feels good to run.
Your sweat isn’t running down you in rivulets, it is a better work out for the lungs, and for me, I get to run during the day.
The downfall is I have to start wearing shoes. I don’t own the traditional pair of running shoes. I own the Merrell Barefoot Vapor Glove, and a few others. They are all minimalist running shoes.
I looked into the Vibram FIveFingers, but decided against it.
I have read countless articles on the benefits of barefoot running vs traditional running. I find most of the findings to be bullshit.
In my opinion, it helps with fatigue, muscle strain, and injury. I do not care what these so called “experts” say. They can survey thousands of people, and will never come up with a correct answer for this question.
You and you alone are the only one who can determine what is best for your running style.
If you see who is doing the bashing of the running style it is people who are monetarily linked to a product.
If someone is promoting a new running shoe, of course they are going to tell you that minimalist/barefoot is bad for you. They want to see you fork over the cash for new shoes. Because lets face it, as a runner, we have more running shoes than any other style.
I personally have 6 pairs of running shoes, 2 pairs of sandals, 2 pairs of dress shoes, and 2 pairs of everyday shoes. All of my other foot attire combined equals the amount of running shoes I own.
We are a strange breed, us runners.
Also, I think anyone can be a barefoot runner. Just like running, you have to train yourself into running barefoot/minimally. Yes, at first it is going to feel different, you are trying something new.
Eventually, like everything we practice, we achieve greatness. And if you find out barefoot running isn’t your style, you can always go back.
I have been running since I was 8. I didn’t start barefoot running until I was 15.
When I first started, it was a quarter of a mile, gradually working my way up to where I am today.
I remember my track coach telling me I was going to lose my arch, get shin splints, and damage my hamstring. I can say 20 years later, none of that has occurred.
One added benefit to my running barefoot, is that I learned how to run on my toes better. My heel barely ever touches the ground now. This is good for your quads and calves.
Every runner should try to change their running style. We all plateau at some point. There is no gain when you have reached this point. You have to spice it up a little.