Barefootin’ it

Haven’t posted in a while. Although… I’ve written two posts, and they’re in the queue to be posted, I just… haven’t actually posted them. Not yet. It was good to have written them, I’m simply not ready to share them with the world just yet. Patience.

Normally I’d break different subjects up into separate posts but not today.

OK, in a recent issue of Runner’s World I read an article weighing the pros and cons of running barefoot. Then, while looking for something else, I stumbled across a website devoted to the subject — unfortunately, I can’t link to it this morning because for some reason the page is missing today.

After thinking about it for a while, I think I’m going to try to work in at least a mile or two of barefoot running each week. For one thing, it sounds fun. For another, there’s a visceral feel to it that appeals to me; the people who write about it talk semi-mystically about being connected to the earth and your body in a way that running clothed (shod?) just doesn’t do. There’s also a (probably really minor) safety issue, but, honestly, is nature that much safer? There’s sharp rocks and twigs and cooled lava… granite slabs have less give than any asphalt or concrete surface.

I’m planning on running a Tillamook trail run in a couple of weeks; that might be a good one to try barefoot, huh?