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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Barefoot, Not Just In The Park

The Old Gray Lady takes up the barefoot running debate.

I suspect the largest reason for the increased exposure for footwear minimalism (of which I am a proponent) is Chris McDougal's Born To Run and his appearance on The Daily Show.

Lost in the debate is the fact that any sudden change in training will quickly lead to pain. Also, Americans are going to have trouble running in a relatively unshod manner when they've never spent any time walking that way.

My transition to running exclusively in racing flats took several years, and the first step was to pick up some Puma H-Streets for walking around and to start wearing work shoes with essentially no heel-toe drop.

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