Sunday, April 13, 2008
Keep on (barefoot) running
A new fad for bare foot running is gaining momentum. Brett Williams decided to discard his new running shoes after they caused sore knees and ran barefoot in his first marathon. Pictures of his blackened soles which appeared in the Wall Street Journal sparked a nation wide interest. Barefoot running has a popular following but may not be for all. As Brett Williams explained gettingused to training barefoot came with a crop of minor injuries enduring several months of “transition pains,” until his tendons adapted and soles toughened. Gradually however he adopted a barefoot running style that now makes him feel far better than ever he did wearing shoes. Barefoot drill is not uncommon for athletes with many experts believing shoeless runs help strengthen feet and legs. Whilst most wear shoes to compete in 1960, Ethiopian, Abede Bikila won the Olympics marathon without shoes. The shoe police argue shoes provide essential support and protection to feet but remarkably there is little research to suggest bare foot running is fraught with anatomical danger. Although anecdotal wouls upport shoes protect against road hazards such as hot asphalt and cement, bottle caps and glass.