barefoot running

By Gavin Davies on 16 April 2010

Just ran the last 800m or so barefoot on the way home to see if the hype is true…

Just ran the last 800m or so barefoot on the way home to see if the hype is true. Here are my findings:

* YES, it helps you find good posture. I got absolutely no lower back pain AT ALL running barefoot, whereas in shoes my back always hurts at least slightly.
* YES, it feels good.
* NO, you can’t open your hips up and run really fast
* OH NOES you are VERY vulnerable to broken glass etc so can’t look any more than a few metres ahead.
* OH NOES I’m not biometrically perfect and my tendons aren’t totally straight so I can’t do it often
* People would almost certainly rip the piss out of you most hurtfulsome
* People ripping the piss out of you would be really hurtful
* I probably couldn’t deal with that, it’s not worth the abuse

So in conclusion, for endurance running, running shoes are bull$hit, might as well not bother, except people are mean, and you look lame without shoes, so shell out £100 pointless pounds like I did for no real benefit.