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Do I have to go barefoot?

The barefoot/minimal running movement has been going strong for the last couple of years. But do you have to go barefoot to have good form, and does going barefoot guarantee good form?

The answer to both questions is a definitive “No”.

You can learn good running form in whatever shoes you wear, and many people continue to run with poor form when barefoot.The key is not the footwear, but learning how to rebuild your running form, plus learning the non-running mechanics that reinforce good form.
Then, pick whatever footwear you like.

Running Form Tips

In running and especially distance running, form is vitally important. The adage goes that you should first focus on form, then repetition (distance), and then speed. It just makes sense that you want your body to be properly aligned when running so that you will lessen the wear and tear on your body, prevent muscle imbalance and run most effectively (and enjoyably!)

Here are three basic concepts that are important for every runner to understand before amping up their training. Continue reading

Running Clinic Itinerary – Fourth Session Added!

Hattiesburg Long May You Run Series Itinerary  (Mondays, 6-7pm)

May 9 – Videotape each participant on the treadmill; workshop. LiveWell Center

May 23 – Review individual running forms; workshop. USM track by the Payne Center

June 6 – Workshop session #3.  USM track by the Payne Center

June 20 – Workshop session #4.  USM track by the Payne Center
*** Additional date added ****

Harvard professor’s article about impact forces in bare v. shod runners

“The biomechanics of barefoot running

Before the introduction of modern padded running shoes in the 1970s, and for most of human evolutionary history, humans ran either barefoot or in minimal shoes. A comparison by Daniel Lieberman and colleagues of the biomechanics of habitually shod versus habitually barefoot runners now suggests that the collision-free way that barefoot runners typically land is not only comfortable but may also help avoid some impact-related repetitive stress injuries. Kinematic and kinetic analyses show that modern shoes allow runners to land on the heel, as they do when they walk. Runners who don’t wear shoes land more often on the ball of the foot or with a flat foot. This means that they often flex their ankles as they strike the ground and generate smaller impact forces than shod, rear-foot, strikers — compare the impact generated by landing from a jump on your heel versus your toes.”

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