Monday, March 06, 2006
Someone recently told me that I always have something new going on. The latest new thing for me is considering the benefits (if any) on running barefoot. I have been reading about running barefoot which looks and sounds like fun and have decided to try a little experiment.
1. Try 10 to 15 minutes running on treadmill 2 to 3 days a week.
First attempt: After 5 minutes feet felt tender and I quit after 8 minutes in fear of blisters.
Conclusion: Maybe after 2 weeks I can run 10 minutes.
2. If and when I can run 15 minutes on treadmill with no problems then I will run the 2 mile loop in Garfield Park barefoot!
Here is a couple interesting web sites on barefoot running
This was an aticle from Sportsci.org
Running barefoot is associated with a substantially lower prevalence of acute injuries of the ankle and chronic injuries of the lower leg in developing countries, but well-designed studies of the effects of barefoot and shod running on injury are lacking. Laboratory studies show that the energy cost of running is reduced by about 4% when the feet are not shod. In spite of these apparent benefits, barefoot running is rare in competition, and there are no published controlled trials of the effects of running barefoot on simulated or real competitive performance.
I have to admit I am scepticle regarding any claim to running faster without shoes. Although as a kid running races up and down our neighborhood streets I would run barefoot and thought I was FAST!
This is only for fun and you probably won't see me running races barefoot unless I forget them at home or leave them in T2.