Today I just want to share my excitement about my new shoes, that will allow me to run bare-feet-like on softer terrain than pavement.
I have always enjoyed being barefoot, but running without shoes simply comes with too many risks (glass, bumping toes on concrete, hot surface etc.), even on grass.
So I am super excited to finally have a brand new pair of vibram shoes that will allow me to train and run safer without having to wear shoes as such!
There are numerous benefits of being barefoot or barefoot like:
1. Increased proprioception
The bodies awareness of itself and its environment.
2. No support from shoes which forces the feet to use its muscles and connective tissue to stand, walk and run in proper
3. When running in shoes the first contact with the ground is usual on the heel, which increases the force of impact on the
legs and joints. It is not natural!
When running barefoot, automatically the stride impact shifts to the mid foot or ball of the feet, to lessen the impact.
Research has shown that running in shoes increases the force of the initial stride impact, puts more strain on the shins and joints in general (hence shoes over the years were developed more and more towards cushioning of all sorts to reduce these impacts).
On the contrary, when running barefoot, the strain shifts from the front of the leg to the calves, but the stride impact reduces when changed from heel stride to mid/front foot stride.
Runners have been known to deal with a whole array of injuries over the years no matter how awesome their footwear:
Hamstring injuries, tearing or inflammation of the calve muscles and ITB, overuse associated knee injuries, stress fractures of the tibia (shin bone) and shin splints, ankle injuries, and inflammation of the achilles tendon as well as of the plantar fascia (tissue on the sole of your feet).
Unfortunately barefoot running hasn’t been popular long enough to really see if it comes with less overall running associated health issues. For me though, just going with my gut feeling, I believe it is the better and healthier way to be for overall fitness and body posture.
However, if you do decide to change from shoes to barefoot, do it slowly and only bit by bit. The muscles of your body and your neurological network is used to the way the body works wearing shoes. So by changing to barefoot you are challenging those habits, and too fast of transition will most likely leave you with very sore legs, if not worse exactly those injuries you want to avoid.