Why Run Barefoot?
Being able to feel the way our bare soles interact with the terrain we are running on, immediately, with each and every step, is the reason that Running Barefoot helps us learn how to run as gently as possible.
There are a lot of folks who ask, “Why can’t we simply learn the ‘barefoot running’ technique, and run gently in shoes?”
And that is a very good question, because the fact is, some people do run gently in shoes (mostly those who learned how to walk and run while barefoot as children). But, most of those who run in shoes (mostly who learned how to walk and run while wearing shoes) do not run gently. So, “Why DON”T people learn to run as gently in shoes, as they would if they were barefoot?”
It’s really quite simple, which is probably why most people can’t seem to figure it out. It’s because when we’re running in shoes, we aren’t aware that we aren’t running gently, and so we don’t feel the need, the urgency, the importance of changing the way we are running.
Why Run in Shoes
Most people want to run in shoes to protect themselves from the pain of running barefoot… well actually, the pain of running badly while barefoot. Running Barefoot is actually quite comfortable, even more so than running badly in shoes, as long as while we run barefoot, we run gently. And, of course as long as we are barefoot, and running on challenging terrain, we will certainly want to run gently!