I have decided to start dabbling in barefoot running!!!
This isn’t a decision that I just made on a whim, at least not really. I’ve been thinking about ditching my shoes (at least every now and again) for a while now. I’m not gonna lie though, aside from reading Born To Run (go figure, right? 😉 ) a few years ago, I’ve done little to no research on running without shoes. I do, however, have a whole childhood full of experience in running around with naked feet.
In the woods, pond, barn, gravel driveway, front yard, riding bikes, four wheeler, tractors, chasing feral kittens, or our chickens, it didn’t matter where we were or what we were doing, I can pretty much guarantee my sisters, brother, and I were doing it in our bare feet. Much to our mother’s displeasure, I might add. She didn’t appreciate us tracking whatever it was we had gotten into the house, and for that I cannot blame her.
So it’s not like I’m unfamiliar with doing things without something protecting my feet. I’m actually well versed at it. Like I mentioned before, I can walk on gravel in my bare feet without any issues. I’ve got some crazy calluses on my feet. I always have, and if anything, running has just made them more tough. I guess that’s not the most attractive thing ever, but hey, it’s functional!
What brought this all to the forefront of my mind was a pair of too tight shoes. Last Friday Luke, his brother, and I decided we were going to walk around the neighborhood at 11 pm to look at Christmas lights. Actually, they wanted to drive around in a car because it was freezing cold and they are warm weather people, but I insisted on walking. I had to suffer throughout the summer, so now it’s my turn to enjoy the weather, damn it!! Haha anyway, I was wearing the new pair of boots that they got me for Christmas. I didn’t realize how much those boots were squeezing my toes until I couldn’t feel them anymore about 1/2 mile into our walk. So I took them off and spent the rest of our walk in my socks, and man did it feel good! (That’s also how I ended up with my spiffy new snow boots, as we took those boots back the next day). It’s not like it had been a while since I’ve walked around either. Just this summer I spent a lot of time sans shoes, especially while visiting my parents.
I don’t know, I guess that just kinda set off the thought that maybe I should try running without shoes again. Over the summer while my dad and I were in Colorado I spend some time running on a shitty motel treadmill in my socks, because I can’t run correctly on treadmills. I seriously destroyed a pair of shoes while running 3 times a week on a treadmill, back when Luke and I lived in an apartment. Plus, I already prefer running in Nike Free’s. I like being able to feel the ground under my feet, so why not take that to the next level?
“Why not indeed?” I asked myself .7 miles into my easy 1 mile run this morning. “My neighbors probably think I’m crazy anyway, what difference will taking my shoes off really make at this point?” I said to myself as I stopped at the corner and slipped off my shoes. And that’s basically the whole story of how I ended up running .3 miles, and right past the very busy civics center, in just my socks while holding my shoes in my hands. Yeah I got a few weird looks. 🙂
I guess that technically wasn’t barefoot running since I was wearing socks, but meh, close enough. I don’t particularly want to run on a dirty street with nothing protecting my feet anyway, I’d definitely go completely barefoot on grass somewhere people don’t frequent though. Anyway, having my feet free was a super pleasant experience and this is something that I’m definitely going to have to do regularly. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Have you ever run in bare (or socked) feet?
How do you feel about minimalist shoes?
Grey/blaze orange wool Browning socks, yay or nay? (It’s a definite yay from me!)