Very interesting article Rick. I've been toying with the idea of barefoot running for some time but have resisted chucking out the cushioned shoes. I have a pair of fivefingers but have not used them consistently. I'm not sure what the consequences of mixing barefoot and cushioned running would be. PS: The Dr Hartman referred to in the article shares a great-grandfather with me.
Hi Grellan, the 5 fingers seem like a good idea! What do they feel like to run in!And what are the after effect on your muscles!I think in this modern world of tarmac and concrete barefoot running is a bit extreme!But some bare foot running on grass might be a good way to strengthen the feet and lower legs!
Interesting but with some curious reasoning.Actually I agree about modern shoes weakeningthe feet, my arches are in a terrible state. But.....1/Runners wearing top-of-the-line trainers are 123 per cent more likely to get injured than runners in cheap ones.This doesn't mean anythng without correlatingagainst weights and ages; aren't older, heavier and therefore probably richer runners are more likely to be injured ?2/ In any case Gordon Pirie (inventor of the screw in spike) said all this before, see pp28 of Gordon Pirie Book
Thanks for the Gorden Pirie book, interesting read! cheers.
I didn't know much about Pirietill I read the book....Gordon was the man...no actually Dave Moorcroftwas the man but that's another story.
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