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Barefoot, Cold Turkey (Read 362 times)



    I hope you guys can hold me accountable.  I have decided to ditch the shoes -- even my VFFs -- and run only barefoot for the remainder of the summer.


    For the past few months I've been experimenting with barefoot and VFF running, but I continue to run most of my miles in shoes.  The reason for my experimentation is chronic ITBS.  If I did not have injuries, I would have no reason to try barefoot.  I miss the days that I could take off and run 18 miles without giving it a second thought, but those days are in the past, and my (apparently) poor form has caught up with my middle-aged legs.


    I have been hesitant to go cold-turkey barefoot because I love to run and because I don't want to lose cardiovascular fitness, but it has become clear to me that, for barefoot to work, I will have to make a firm commitment to it.


    This means that my mileage will go waaay down for the next couple of months.  I am going to consider barefoot running to be just as different from shod running as swimming would be: it's a completely different sport, and I have to start from square one.


    It has also become clear to me that running in VFFs is not helping me at all with my barefoot form.  I can still get away with bad form in VFFs, so I'm ditching those too, at least for the next few months.


    The one exception I will allow myself to run in shoes will be to keep a promise to run with my wife in her very first 5K in July.  Except for that, I will not run in shoes of any kind for the rest of the summer.


    I want to thank other barefoot runners like Barefoot Josh, Barefoot Jason, Barefoot Angie Bee, and others, who blog about their barefoot experiences.  I am inspired by your success.  I am not giving up.

      It will be frustrating at times, but you'll be surprised at what you can learn to do. I recommend Jason's book:

      and of course Ken Bob:


      Have fun!