Welcome back to another Monday Mini. This post kicks off “Barefoot Week” here at Midpack Runner.
Since barefoot running surged back into popularity, it has become one of the most contentious subjects in running.
Proponents argue that barefooting is natural and can reduce injuries associated with shod running. However, researchers have consistently seen a rise in injuries associated with the practice.
I’m proud to say that I bare my souls.
In my time barefooting and working with aspiring barefoot runners, I’ve been able to narrow the spike in injuries among newly barefoot runners to one cause: running like you still have shoes.
What can you do about it?
The first thing you need to do as you begin the transition to barefooting is to back off your mileage.
Without shoes, your body is going to use a lot of muscles that shoes don’t require.
While you can keep up your mileage shod, for the first few months, your barefoot mileage should be low.
Perhaps embarrassingly so.
That’s okay. You’re using your muscles in a new way. It takes time to build back up.
Meanwhile, you need to fix your gait through a combination of cadence training and careful attention. Having a fore-foot or mid-foot strike will prevent injuries as you transition.
There’s more to come this week, including a big announcement this Friday. In the meantime – Do you run barefoot? Have you thought about giving it a try? What could I do to get you out of your shoes and onto the road? Leave me a comment!