There are as many reasons for running as there are days in the year, years in my life. But mostly I run because I am an animal and a child, an artist and a saint. So, too, are you. Find your own play, your own self-renewing compulsion, and you will become the person you are meant to be.
- George Sheehan

Friday, April 8, 2011

Barefoot running and the need for education

Barefoot Bounce: UNC student falls for barefoot running, but romance is fleeting

Here's an article from Greeley, Colorado (I've been there!), about a UNC student who was a former barefoot runner.  No, barefoot running's not for everyone, but if you're going to do it, at least made SOME attempt at educating yourself about form, cadence, training plans, etc.  Learn the biomechanics of it all.  Just by looking at the pictures I can tell he's probably overstriding, which puts a lot of unnecessary stress on the body, and a great deal of friction on the skin. 

I could go on, but I won't.  The kid tried, and for that he gets some respect.  But the other part of it is setting yourself up for success by getting educated.  Check out the Barefoot Runner's Society and Barefoot Running University for some basics.

As for the article...well, given its underdevelopment and tone, I can't help but feel like it's meant to spark some debate in the area, maybe even prove that BFR should be looked down upon, I don't know.  It's very hard to tell.  Not a piece of journalistic brilliance in any case.

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