barefoot running: the inspiration

May 21, 2010

My friend Andrea had told me about making her own shoes. She had often talked to me about barefoot running and introduced me to Vibram Five Fingers,  which I was excited about, but reluctant to try, especially since I had a 1/2 marathon coming up at the time (I finished in 2 hours and 33 minutes). When it was time to buy new running shoes, I bought a lighter-weight shoe, thinking I’d eventually make the transition.

A few weeks ago, Andrea and some friends came to visit. She brought with her a pair of huaraches,which she made for her feet, but fit mine perfectly. She wanted me to test them. Her boyfriend (who also had a pair she made) and I watched a few videos for inspiration and took to the streets.

This article by the Roving Runner for The New York Times includes a video link, which inspired me most. Fidelman takes a 6-mile barefoot run through Central Park with absolutely no trouble.

Having been instructed to try this for 5 minutes daily, Andrea’s boyfriend and I took a short run outside my parents’ house. It went remarkably well, which inspired me to continue.

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