Why is it that with all the modern technology in footwear, we haven’t eradicated running injuries? Not only haven’t we eradicated them, they’ve progressively gotten more prevalent… today, over 80% of runners are currently injured or have suffered from/with a running injury. I mean really… we have the capability to eliminate many diseases, bring people back from the dead, perform brain surgery… and we can’t eliminate running injuries?
Maybe we’re taking the wrong approach? Maybe the answer isn’t in technology or shoes at all. Maybe the answer was always staring us in the face, right there in front of our noses… maybe the human foot, without a modern day running shoe or technology is actually better than anything we can create to try to improve on.
That was the main topic in various running articles I have come across recently. I’m a huge believer in the benefits of barefoot running… because in actuality, barefoot running is just running with good mechanics. When you run barefoot with proper technique, you’re using “natural” running mechanics – mechanics that haven’t been altered by ‘motion control’ or ‘shock absorption’ systems of modern day running shoes. And if you learn to run with these mechanics, you’ll probably find yourself injury free as a runner for the first time in many, many years!
But don’t just take your shoes off and think you can just naturally barefoot run. You’ve been practicing with running shoes for many, many years, learning poor mechanics… so you’ll have to learn brand new techniques, and movement patterns, and this takes time (many that just jump into it without learning proper technique find themselves injured again, but this time with different injuries). I suggest you start with the video above. Next, if you want to take your running to the next level, register for the CrossFit Endurance class/Certification we will be hosting here at Walnut CrossFit June 23rd-24th. We will be going over Proper Running Technique and Mechanics. Here is the link.