Saturday, July 17, 2010

Nature vs. Nike. Were we born to run barefoot?

Here's an interesting article from one of my favourite Globe and Mail columnists, Leah McClaren.  She recently ran her first marathon with expensive Nike's.  She's planning to run her second marathon barefoot. She quotes Born To Run author, Christopher McDougall:


"We're not strong, we're not limber and we're certainly not fast – Usain Bolt is the fastest man on the planet, and he can get his butt kicked by a squirrel. ”

Leah makes a good case for running barefoot. No matter your opinion, keep an open mind and have a read. It makes good post-run coffee talk if nothing else. Be sure to read the comments following the article; they add a lot of contextual opinions.

It's a good day to be alive... barefoot or otherwise,



Mike

2 comments:

Bob said...

Last year this time I would of been thinking you had to be crazy to run barefoot. But, now I have to say since I started running barefoot (completely or with Vibram Five Fingers) about 5 months ago, which in includes 2 half marathons, a marathon in September and a Ultra (50 km) in October, it was the best decision I have made. Last year this time I wasn't running at all, and if I did I was lucky to run 1 km before I fell over in pain. It's not for everyone, but it sure works for me.

Michael said...

Thanks for your thoughts Bob. I'm intrigued with the whole notion of barefoot running. I just returned from a 13 miler and I concentrated on how my feet land... the heal strikes first and then rolls to the ball of the foot. My understanding of barefoot running is the foot land on the ball of the foot thus absorbing all shock. With shoes, the shock is transferred through the heal up the legs causing injuries over time. Mike