About two years ago I was getting a drink with a running friend of mine at a bar in New York City after running the NYC Marathon. Like many New York runners, my friend (who lives in NYC) frequents Central Park for her training runs. That morning she was describing a scene from one of her morning runs in the park.
“Kathy, they weren’t wearing any shoes! They were just jogging along barefoot and completely ignoring the dirt, cement, seeds, leaves, trash… who knows what else.”
That was the first time I had heard of this thing called barefoot running and for a long time I chalked it up to gimmick. Sure, I’d heard about running strides on the green after a hard track workout, but this was something much more dedicated than that. I started seeing barefoot running shoes, these crazy looking things that looked like they were made for an ape’s foot. And that’s when I read Chris McDougall’s book, Born to Run.
With the re-release (this week) of his book, Born to Run about running with the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s Copper Canyons, we decided to take some time and talk in more detail about the barefoot running movement. To get you excited for what’s to come this week, here’s a bit of the line-up:
- A short perspective on barefoot running from an elite athlete, Ryan Hall
- Interview with Caballo Blanco (Micah True) about his style of barefoot running
- A story about travelling to the Copper Canyon Ultramarathon from one of our dailymiler’s, Raymond Danks
- Interview with Chris McDougall about igniting a movement
- Two points of view about barefoot running from our token “barefooters” on the dailymile team
- A whole lot of pictures of some pretty ugly feet for a photo contest to win a signed copy of Born to Run