Posted: 27/03/2012 at 14:16
Last april i decided to start running. After going to a shop and getting my gait analysed and sold a pair of shoes that were "right" for me i spent the next 2 weeks struggling every time i ran with a few different niggling pains. Then after a drunken chat with a friend they put the idea of barefoot running forward so i investigated. Now nearly a year on and i haven't had a single injury and am training for my 1st marathon in October which i will be running in my Vibrams. I truly believe i wouldn't have kept going if it wasn't for that drunken chat!
I can understand its not for everyone but i think its mainly that people truly believe they need a pair of trainers to run in now-a-days. This is proved when you get all sort of odd looks when out running barefoot, people struggle to believe it can be worth it. Yet 40 years ago everyone who ran did so in a flat soled shoe but years of clever marketing have led us to believe we need a built up all singing all dancing shoe!
I find it interesting that people question that our ancestors ran barefoot but didn't have to run on tarmac. For anyone that's ran barefoot off road (not just on nice grass) will tell you that running on stony ground is far more uncomfortable than the smooth tarmac!
Leonardo Di Vinci said "The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art." but we then wrap them up and don't let them do the job they have evolved to do.