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More Science of Barefoot Running July 27, 2011

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I came across a lecture by Dr. Irene Davis on Pete Larson’s Runblogger the other day and thought I’d share it here.  Pete has a great blog with copious amounts of information of all things running.  The lecture is presented in a series of videos on youtube where Dr. Davis explains with great eloquence the current data in the field supporting barefoot running.    I’ve been asked by several people why I run barefoot.  Ultimately, it’s because the arguments for barefoot running just made sense.  As I started reading and researching, the science behind it supported the common sense I found in the many arguments in favor of barefoot running.  Enjoy the lecture!

Your health is in YOUR hands!

Advantages of Barefoot Running, Part V August 30, 2010

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Advantage #5

For the most part, the more you use your barefoot shoes, the stronger they get.

With shoes purchased in a store, the soles, uppers, cushion all wear out with time and use.

What a great deal your feet truly are . . .

Advantages of Barefoot Running, Part IV June 11, 2010

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Advantage #4

It’s easy to pack for a trip.

Barefoot shoes (a.k.a. your feet) don’t take up any room in your luggage.

Another Mile Barefoot June 3, 2010

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Yesterday, I did a lot of sitting as I’m studying quite a bit.  My feet were feeling it.  My body was screaming at me that I needed to get moving.  I felt like I had been on a 15 hour bus ride and hadn’t gotten up to walk around that much . . . yeah, my feet were swollen.  So, this morning after I got up I promised myself that I’d get out for a run today.  I did!  I decided to try the route of the 5K I ran Monday.  I’m still a bit spent from Monday’s race, so I only got in a mile, but I did it with my favorite shoes . . . my feet.

I’m noticing changes in my feet as I continue running without shoes.  My calluses are getting thicker, I can feel the increasing strength in all my foot muscles, and I believe the subcutaneous fat pads are getting thicker as well.  It’s actually very comfortable running without shoes.  The best part about all these changes . . . they didn’t cost me a penny!  (Great for the budget of a recently graduated medical student . . . looking forward to earning an income.)

Have fun with your feet!

Advantages of Barefoot Running, Part III June 2, 2010

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Advantage #3

Your barefoot shoes are very easy to clean . . . it’s as easy as washing your hands.

You’ve had the experience before when you’ve purchased that new pair of shoes.  They look so good and clean . . . for just a little while.  Why can’t they last that way forever . . . or at least longer than a week?  Well, when you have a living shoe, all you have to do is wash it and it’s pretty much clean again.  Sure, it changes over time and starts showing the wear and tear of life as the years go by, but hey that’s better than one week!

Another thing I’ve noticed with the Vibram Five Fingers (VFFs) is that after a while they develop a stank.  Yes, I said stank . . . it’s like a stink, but more foul.  They are machine washable, but so far with all the washing I’ve done of my VFFs they always retain a hint of that stank.  It’s tolerable, but I don’t think I’d want it sitting under my nose while I was trying to go to bed.  Your barefoot shoes are quite a bit easier to clean . . . in my opinion.

Take care of your soles!

Advantages of Barefoot Running, Part II June 1, 2010

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Advantage #2

Your barefoot shoes are really light.

Consider Nike’s most expensive running shoe, the Nike Air Max+ 2009 iD Running Shoe.  This shoe has a price of $185 at Nike.com.  I pick the most expensive shoe because when something costs this much . . . I expect a lot out of the product.  Nike lists this shoe as weighing 12.8 ounces for a men’s size 9.  I wear an 11 so it’ll probably be a few more ounces . . . a little closer to a pound.  For simplicity, I’ll use the weight they give on their site.

Let’s say I decided to run a 5K . . . just for fun.  Every mile, I can expect to lift my feet a total of 2,000 times between the two of them (that’s the best estimate I could quickly find via google . . . nothing really scientific for that number).  Let’s add that up.  12.8 ounces lifted 2,000 times per mile for 3.1 miles.  That’ll equal 6,200 steps at 12.8 ounces per step for a grand total of 4,960 lbs.  Woah!  You’ll end up lifting more than two tons in shoe weight in a 5K!  What if you run a marathon?  2,000 steps for 26.2 miles equals 52,400 steps.  At 12.8 ounces you’ll end up lifting 41,920 lbs!  I’d have to say running barefoot is a bit more efficient.

Enjoy the efficiency!

Advantages of Barefoot Running, Part I May 26, 2010

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What are the advantages of barefoot running?

Advantage #1

It doesn’t cost a dime (i.e. no expensive shoes to buy)