It’s National Running Day! This is the second annual National Running Day if your counting, and if you’re wondering, wth it is:
National Running Day is a national initiative of the major organizations within the running industry to join forces in an unprecedented unified effort to nationally promote running as a healthy, easy, and accessible form of exercise.
Take 5 or 50 minutes, but go for a run and participate. Come on, everyone else is doing it. I partook in a run this AM followed by some cycling. I have a fabulous biking story to share, stay tuned. And more beautimous pictures from Boulder, CO are forthcoming.
Getting back to bizniss, have y’all heard about the latest running
Barefoot and pregnant is a term we use in the south, but as of late I hear more and more (sometimes at nauseum) about “barefoot” running.
I grabbed Fitness magazine at the airport and there was a barefoot running snippet flat in front of me. My MI bestie eerily and randomly sent me a link to a barefoot running HBO Sports show just yesterday. From the desk of Nic B, “Saw this in HBO Sports show last night and thought I’d mention it to you Barefoot Runner. Basically, this guy Christopher McDougall argues that running shoes are the reason for running injuries and he’s a huge proponent of this barefoot running movement. His book, Born to Run, has been recommended to me by several members of my family who know I’m just starting to build my interest in running. So I bought it on Amazon this morning.”
Isn’t Born to Run Springsteen’s TM? Sigh, I am forced to ponder this foot fetish. OK you want the unfiltered, uneducated opinion, below are my terms to Barefoot Running.
Conditions to being barefoot y’all:
– grass with no dog poo
– roads with no sharp objects or massive potholes
– sandy beaches without sharp shells
– someone to manicure whatever I’m running on and someone to pedicure what I’m running on – my feets!
We’ve seen the webbed “five fingered” shoes and heard about the benefits, including reducing the force of impact on your body and burning more calories because you engage more muscles to stabilize your feet, but where on God’s green earth (literally) can I attempt this for more than a few minutes. A long run? Maybe around a football field for an hour.
I am all about natural, organic, even earthy is nomenclature I can agree with, but if we are trying to get back to nature we must also consider the evolution of our surroundings. My feet are conditioned to be, well wimpy. Heels aren’t exactly Dr Scholl’s best friend. Runner’s feet look like shasta from shoes, and I can only imagine what my feet would like after a tough barefoot run.
Am I being naive? I need some schooling on this ten-toed naked craze. Put your best foot forward and let me know if this is fad or legit.