During tonight’s run I decided to try my alternate pair of Netwon’s without socks. At first I thought there were no issues, but by a mile into the run I had blisters on both feet, I could barely walk, and my shoes were starting to look like victims of a massacre. At that point I made the decision to take my shoes off planning I would hobble back to the car. Once I got the shoes off and my feet started to feel better, I decided I would try and run.
Fortunately I was on a bike path which was relatively clear of gravel, glass and other debris. As I started running, I was surprised by how natural and comfortable it felt. The past several months I have been working on my running form and try to be a mid-sole strider. I figured, because of that change in my running form, running barefoot wouldn’t be any different. I was surprised at the difference I felt, most noticeably in how much easier it was to run. For the first time, running felt truly natural.
Maybe there is more to the Natural Running movement than I first thought.
Have you ever run barefoot before?
What is your experience with natural running?