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Caveman/Greg has been barefoot running for about a month. He doesnt do it everywhere and all the time but he spends about as many hours out of his shoes as he does in them.

He began doing research on barefoot running a few months ago. Many of you have probably heard of it and passed it off as just for tribal warriors and hippies who like to “feel the earth” but barefoot running is the best for your body.

We’ve both been doing the Pose Method of running and Monday took a Pose class here in Austin from a wonderful coach, Valerie Hunt. Since barefoot is ideal but not everyone is willing, Pose suggests racing flats. Greg’s new racing flats are lighter than my shoe insoles. It is unbelievable.

I am doing a track workout with my athletes tonight and teaching the basics of pose.  As I’d never want them to do a workout I didn’t do, I’m getting to the track early to do my own workout.  I will be doing 400’s so I’m planning on doing at least 4 completely barefoot and see how that goes.  I run in Zoot tri shoes which have are very minimal compared to my marathon shoes from last year.

Here’s a great article a friend sent me on barefoot running that really gives some wonderful history.  Thanks Mel!

Runners wearing top-of-the-line trainers are 123 per cent more likely to get injured than runners in cheap ones. This was discovered as far back as 1989, according to a study led by Dr Bernard Marti, the leading preventative-medicine specialist at Switzerland’s University of Bern.

The article also outlines the three “Painful Truths”

Painful Truth No. 1-

THE BEST SHOES AND THE WORST

Painful Truth No. 2-

FEET LIKE A GOOD BEATING

Painful Truth No. 3-

HUMAN BEINGS ARE DESIGNED TO RUN WITHOUT SHOES

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