Because I have worked a lot in Outdoor Retail, I figured I might share some things that I have learned.
I have never been a runner, and every time I have tried I ended up in pain wondering why I started in the first place. In the fall I moved in with Reggie permanently (eek!) and had to get a new job. I left my outdoor store in Ottawa and began working at one in Peterborough, easy enough transition. One major difference is that the owners (and employees) at my new place of work are strong believers of the barefoot philosophy. Meaning that we are designed to walk, and even run on nothing but our bare feet. In running barefoot you must train yourself to land on your mid-foot, as opposed to the traditional and widely accepted heel strike. The mid-foot landing uses the numerous small bones, muscles and soft tissues to absorb and appropriately distribute the impact of your foot hitting the ground.
This is all very interesting.
Apparently there is an entire website dedicated to being barefoot, and companies have started to create footwear that mimics the natural gait of a barefoot person in order to appeal to this market (and to protect our feet from hot pavement and sharp objects).
Merrell has Barefoot shoes (click on photo):
So I decided to try the Merrell Pace Glove, a barefoot running shoe.
Is anyone else on the barefoot train? Do you love or loathe the feeling of earth on your bare feet?