Running is my chosen form of sport in which I believe keeps me sane and somewhat healthy. It has been more than 10 years I have been into this self torturing sport but this is the only sport I enjoy the most. Yeah, i know it sounds weird but that’s the truth.
Five years back, I was pretty busy studying running materials and that was when I stumbled into the very popular book in the scene, Born To Run. It pretty much debated the purpose of running shoes and encouraged people to run and actually gave scientific facts on why running in your most natural form which is barefoot might actually reduce your injuries. (I highly recommend this book if you’re into this type of thing!)
At that time I was looking for something that will improve my run and this book came to me. I was hooked. I did not go cold turkey with this barefoot trend but chose to do it in the long term. One of the first few things I did was running completely barefoot in the stadium track in my town. To my surprise it felt amazing to run without any shoes on my feet. That was the beginning of my journey into learning more about running.
Three years back I purchased my first ever minimalist running shoe which was the New Balance Minimus Zero Road:
— Mugilan Parimalam (@_Mugilan) October 6, 2013
That is how I started my transition phase into barefoot running. The shoe was for me the best shoe to start my barefoot running as it was light and durable. It also utilized the Vibram sole. This was the first time I ran without socks and weirdly I began to fall in love with the feeling of running naturally.
One thing to be careful here is that, during your beginning phase of barefoot running, you will feel more pain and become more sore after each session. For me I felt sore on my calves but this was only occurring during the first 2 to 3 weeks of my transition period.
I am an amateur runner. For the past 6 months my focus on running was refreshed and this has lead to more interesting self-discovery. I am excited to learn about my limitations and how I can surpass it using simple and basic habits.
I have learnt a lot in my journey into barefoot running but this is just the beginning. One thing I can confirm even if you run barefoot just for fun is that you will experience the benefit and feel connected to mother nature. Give it a try and you will understand what I am trying to convey in this post. Getting direct sensory feedback from your feet to your brain is a new kind of drug!
Recently I purchased my first every Vibram Five Fingers shoes. They are pretty hardcore barefoot running shoes. This is my next phase in my barefoot running experience. For those who are reading this and thinking I am just running so called barefoot but still using shoes, I would like to say to you that almost once every week I will run completely barefoot for a distance of 4 to 7km per session. This is how I programmed my leg to run naked and strong.
I will be posting more about running and also my barefoot running experience in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!