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Barefoot Running: My Current Thoughts Posted on the dailymile Community Blog

Barefoot FootstrikeI’d like to direct you to a post that I wrote on barefoot running that just went live today on the dailymile Community Blog. The post summarizes my current thinking on the barefoot running debate, and is titled: “Barefoot Running: Ditch Your Shoes, Change Your Gait, An Honest Look at a Tired Debate.

In the post I take what I feel is an honest and realistic look at the pros and cons of barefoot running, and address what I feel has been an excessively contentious debate about a style of running that is never going to be practiced full-time by more than a small minority of runners. That being said, I also discuss some of the many benefits of incorporating at least a small amount of pure barefoot running (read: No Shoes!) into your training, and urge everyone to at least give it a try.

In addition to my post, I’d like to point you also to several interesting posts that were published last week during Barefoot Running Week on the dailymile Community Blog.

-Stop running in those shoes! An interview with Chris McDougall, author of Born to Run

-Our perspective: Two team members share their thoughts on running barefoot

-Saucony bares their “sole” on minimalist running

-Run light and smooth: an interview with “Born to Run” star, Caballo Blanco

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About Peter Larson

This post was authored by Peter Larson. Pete is a recovering academic who currently works as an exercise physiologist, running coach, and writer. He's also a father of three and a fanatical runner with a bit of a shoe obsession. In addition to writing and editing this site, he is co-author of the book Tread Lightly, and writes a personal blog called The Blogologist. Follow Pete on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and via email.

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  1. Jason Fitzgerald says:

    Great post Pete. Just the facts, no BS, to the point.

    Jealous that you got to meet McDougall…

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