Barefoot (Minimalist) Running Exploration
Barefoot running is a practice which is demonstrating a near vertical growth in popularity amongst professional, amateur, and recreational runners alike. One of the most notable promotional bumps, popularizing this movement in recent years, has been the novel,Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall. Additional community and literary enthusiasm of the "Natural Way" continue apace.
Despite the relative scarcity of peer reviewed or evidence based discussions on this topic, I am curious to learn more about this. I figured I would begin delving into sports medicine a little deeper and share some of my views I discover along the way. Before I delve into subsequent posts about this or related topics, there are a few facts about me and my running practice, that I'll disclose up front:
- I, myself, have no organized or competitive sports training.
- I have run for a number of years (between wrestling and military college)
- I have taken up longer distance running since moving to NY in 2006
- I and traditionally a shod runner, but have acquired an interest in minimal footwear in recent months.
- I currently train with BOTH types of footwear as well as barefoot
With that said, I'm not partial to either philosophy. I will always do my best to stay true to the art and science of biomechanics and medicine. Hit me up if you have any questions. I will be referencing the human body and particularly the foot in the cardinal planes. If you are curious about learning more, I would suggest looking at these two videos I put together some time ago to gain a better understanding before reading further.
Cardinal Planes of Human Body and Foot
Biomechanical Overview of the Ankle Joint Complex