It is a while since I have listed my favourite 5 barefoot posts of the week and I have missed it. Blogging has become part of my life but the biggest part of blogging is reading the writing of others. It helps to keep things connected.
This week, I have chosen 5 posts that caught my attention and made me want to read on.
2700 miles into his run, he stopped off at a school for a chat. There seems to be a few of these types of journey going on and it caught my attention after reading a few posts from Alek’s Kashefi who had just run the length of the UK. https://www.whiznews.com/content/news/local/2015/09/29/barefoot-runner-makes-a-stop-in-zanesville
Well from Vibram anyway as it does not have 5 fingers. At first I thought it might be an April Fool and I checked the date on the post twice. It wraps your foot in the she like a Japanese Kimono. Beautiful or horrible? Can’t quite decide.
It cites a study that says that expensive shoes cause the most injury and that comfortable shoes fare better. I have a theory here. I reckon that the only reason you would spend crazy amounts on running shoes is if you are injured or have been injured. The more injuries you have had, the more likely you are to get injured again and the more desperate you get and the more you spend. It is a vicious circle. http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health-beauty/article/1862050/expensive-running-shoes-dont-prevent-injuries-comfortable
This grabbed me because one of my biggest areas of interest is uncovering the things we all take for granted as runners. The set of ‘norms’ that pen us in. Running (and barefoot running) is full of them. They seem like common sense but sometimes they are not. The more we can question them the better. Number 4 is ‘Barefoot is best’ and I found myself nodding after my initial bristling response. http://www.cheatsheet.com/health-fitness/5-lies-you-may-have-been-told-about-running.html/?a=viewall
Andy ran in Xeros to raise some money for the paediatric unit that helped his son after a severe asthma attack. It caught my attention as I a worried about running my first barefoot marathon this week and it was on my mind. Andy’s comment “You can’t run normally…You have to run flat-footed and that can really start to take its toll after a while.” will no doubt interest a few of you. Fantastic achievement. Well done Andy. http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/13789478.Hampshire_man_takes_on_seven_marathons_in_seven_days___barefoot/
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