My ankle is still not completely up to par and its been sometime since I've went for a run in my Vibram-5's, so I didn't need more than 40 minutes to get my run on, as it were.
Just a few minutes from Skye's school is the wonderful Deepdene Park full of cris-crossing running trails, I suppose they're really walking paths, but to me....
I was curious about "barefoot-running" from the first time I heard of it. I was skeptical because that's my nature. I fell in love with the concept, after "reading" (I listened to the audiobook on our drive from Cali), "Born to Run".
But for me it still was and is a theory, and will likely remain that way, at least in the strict sense of theories, like gravity and evolution.
So I continue to test this theory on myself. And as I tease it out, I find things that make logical sense, that I had not considered before.
As I ran, not being able to see much of where I my feet would land, because of the fall foliage, I was more than a little concerned about re-injuring my ankle. But after my first stepping on something less than even-surfaced that could have twisted my ankle but didn't, I realized a few keys, that made so much sense.
When one runs without modern-day "stabilizing" running shoes, one's gait leans forward, taking a more upright stance, the foot-strike lands on the middle of the foot rather than the heel, one's turn-over is quickened, making the landings softer, with less impact and much more responsive.
Think for a moment about balance. Try to stand on one's heel's, and then move your body forward to the ball's of one's foot. Where is it more stable, more comfortable,more balanced?
When I landed on something, I don't know what, a rock, a branch, a dip in the land, whatever it was, my ankle began to turn. I reacted in the most normal, logical of ways; I quickly took the weight off that foot and transferred it to the other foot. It happened instantly, without thought, naturally.
I was soon gliding along the path, not having to look down nearly as much as at the beginning of the run. My feet were feeling, seeing the ground.
When I where shoes when I run, you can hear me coming from a mile away, as my feet pound the ground. In my 5-fingers or my Merrill Gloves, my other barefoot shoes, I am much quieter. I don't feel like I am plodding along.
My "faith" was reaffirmed.
I can't prove that this bare foot running is good for me, in spite, of what I've seen thus far, but it certainly is making more sense than buying into the "science" of the modern day running shoe that has very little if any real scientific proof that those really expensive trainers are doing any good at all.