I have had a pair of Terra Plana Evos for a year and whereas I can now comfortably run (truly) barefoot for up to an hour, I find that when I use the Evos they leave me with sore achilles and calves and as I am scared of getting injured I hardly use them. Can anyone explain/ give any tips to stop this? Is it just a case of persevering?
Although I think running barefoot is fantastic for improving form and eliminating knee strain (at least it has been for me) I don't want to run barefoot as a matter of course. It takes a brave person to run barefoot on city streets, not just because of the glass, abrasive tarmac etc. but also the looks and comments from passers-by. And I certainly don't want race barefoot where I am going all-out. I still use my old Saucony cushioned stability shoes for races and general running, which seems to me to kind of undermine the idea of improving form through barefoot drills.
Can anyone suggest durable race shoes that allow for good form, while also giving some protection in case form breaks down under pressure during the race, particularly in longer events like half-marathon?
Incidentally, I firmly believe that one should not even think about using a so-called "barefoot" or minimalist shoe before learning to run properly barefoot. Running barefoot imposes a natural limitation to overdoing it - it is just too painful to heel-strike barefoot so you have to get the style right in order to continue. But a minimalist shoe would mask this effect allowing the runner to run badly for longer with little protection, potentially leading to injury - worse than running in properly cushioned shoes.
Posted: 16/08/2011 at 22:55