Over the last few years barefoot running has really started to take off. Some people choosing to lose their shoes all together and run completely barefoot and others trading their thick soled trainers for more minimal and flexible shoes, allowing the experience of barefoot running while still giving our feet protection from the elements.
In the last 40 years we have been led by a common misconception that cushioned, well supported and padded trainers are best for running. Despite all the developments in sports shoe technology, an estimated 80% of people have to stop running because of injury – a movement that should come naturally to us all.
The biggest influence on chronic running injuries is technique and barefoot running isn’t just taking your shoes off…
You are likely to be lacking in certain physiological qualities and biomotor skills for running if you have spent the majourity of your life walking and running in thick soled and inappropriate shoes. The modern human being is generally disconnected with nature so we need to re-learn how to move and run.
Louise trained with Barefoot and Natural Movement Expert
Lee Saxby and is a certified VIVOBAREFOOT Running Coach