My Christmas reading was a brilliant book, Running with The Kenyans by journalist and runner Adharanand Finn. It follows his journey to shed light on what makes the Kenyans such gifted runners. To do this he doesn’t just study them – he embarks on a 6 month stay in Kenya, training along side champions and hopefuls.
Michael Sandler & Jessica Lee, authors and owners of Run Bare, have recently put together a feature length film to inspire and educate the masses about the benefits barefoot running.
Xero Shoes (previously Invisible Shoes) are now available from 3 independent retailers in the UK. Based on the sandals of the Tarahumara Indians these shoes are an interesting alternative for barefoot running fans. Click for more details…
Walking is the most basic of movement skills. Even if we don’t train, it is the one skill we all learn to allow us to move around. When barefoot walking we take part in something that is simple, natural and yet deeply significant. It allows us to connect with the earth and our surroundings. Are you interested in adding a new dimension to your training that goes beyond physical improvement?
While it’s important to make the leap from regular running shoes to barefoot, this will not make you immune to injury. Barefoot running and good form must go hand-in-hand. Without the right technique, you will still be at an increased risk of picking up an injury and bringing a halt to your training. We are going to look at the 7 warning signs that indicate your barefoot running technique could do with some adjusting.
One of the essential elements of successful barefoot running is cadence. If you want to improve your running speed, style and efficiency then understanding your own sweet spot in barefoot running cadence could be the key.
In the 1970′s, Russian university and track team coach Nicholas Romanov developed a training system that would revolutionise running.