Wednesday, May 5, 2010

BAREFOOT RUNNING INQUIRY

All, one of our employees, Ben Hall, a Georgetown student is writing a paper on barefoot running. He wanted to get some feedback from the masses. Please look at his note below and respond accordingly. please post your responses as comments and he can collect and integrate into his paper.


QUESTIONS

If it's relevant: What advantages do you (personally) gain from a more minimalist approach to running?

What new challenges does running barefoot or running in a minimalist shoe bring?

Talk about your experience with running; has barefoot running (innovative) peaked your curiousity (assuming you were already running in a 'traditional' running shoe?)

What is your response to barefoot enthusiasts who claim that a traditional running shoe takes us away from our awareness, that it encourages us to depend more on shoes for cushioning, and neglect our own natural mechanics for running?

IMPORTANT: Please leave email, estimated number of years running, professional info, name and age- as I do wish to quote professionals.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

http://running.competitor.com/2010/05/features/but-is-it-faster_9784

Matt Ernst said...

Barefoot Ken Bob Saxton will host a free barefoot running workshop and fun run on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Robious Landing Park, 3800 James River Road, Midlothian, VA 23113 (just off Route 288).

DM said...

Ben, send me an e-mail to dickson.mercer@gmail.com and I will respond. I think I observed some interesting things regarding barefoot running while in Africa from 07-08. ... though I will say that I think barefoot running and elite running are separate pursuits/lifestyles, and I don't really understand why it just be left at that.

Also, Wiggy, Klim ... didn't you say there was a guy at Pike Peek who ran fast barefoot? Perhaps he would be a good person to talk to.

DM said...

sorry .. why it CAN'T just be left at that

Charlie Ban said...

Dickson, because there's money to be made off of fools

yf said...

Info for the guy ran bare foot in Pike Peek:

27 8/82 3308 Sergiy Zupuo 21 Clarksville MD 32:11 32:10 5:11


maybe you can facebook him...

Anonymous said...

Ben here. No worries everyone- I have completed the paper and though I appreciate the feedback, it isn't needed anymore! Thanks for the input though, I really do appreciate the enthusiasm!