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.
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.