So after running on the beach barefoot this past April, and loving it, I started running my home route barefoot, and did so through the summer and into the fall. Obviously, I'm not out there doing it right now (it's 19 degrees F, at present, in Harrisonburg, VA). But along the way this year, I stumbled on a few things that supported me in my barefoot running venture.
This Wired magazine article: To Run Better, Start by Ditching Your Nikes
Then this author (and runner), Christopher McDougall, appeared on the Daily Show back in August, talking about his book, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (on my to-read list).
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
There's also something about running barefoot that helps your feet do a better job of doing what they were designed for: shock absorption. Your stride is completely different when running barefoot. The typical stride while wearing running shoes is heel-toe. But when you're barefoot, you actually hit mid-foot, letting your arch do its job. See this quick YouTube video (also posted in the Wired article):
Despite running barefoot and being okay with bare skin on asphalt, those Vibram FiveFingers do look pretty sweet...