Going the 3-day barefoot?

16 May

Let me start off by saying that I don’t know if the 3-day would allow anyone to walk barefoot. I’m going to venture a guess and say no; I’m sure it’s in the handbook somewhere. But what about walking with barefoot shoes? Barefoot shoes are just lightweight covers for your foot, so your foot can still feel the ground beneath you but you’re mildly protected from the elements. I’ve gotten really interested in the barefoot idea recently for both running and walking.

Ever since last year’s 3-day I’ve had some knee problems that spark up after walking a few miles or running any distance. I became interested in barefoot running when I heard that it actually helps to realign your body properly and may help with knee problems. I’ve read that when running with shoes on your body actually absorbs about four times the amount of shock as you would running barefoot.

But then it got me thinking… if my knee problems started because of the 3-day last year… would walking barefoot help this year? I think I would at least be inclined to try it and see what happens. I’ll be picking up a pair of barefoot shoes in the next couple of weeks, particularly the Vibram Five Fingers and I’m excited to see what happens over the next few months.

Are there any other barefooters out there?

To read more on barefoot running and walking, visit the Born to Run official site, the Barefoot Walking Lifestyle blog, and this article called “10 Things I Learned from Barefoot Ted”.

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6 Responses to “Going the 3-day barefoot?”

  1. Clynton Taylor May 16, 2010 at 5:03 PM #

    Great idea! Running in the Vibram Five Fingers, or other minimal shoes, such as the Vivo Barefoot EVOs, is a great idea. As you’re no doubt aware, you’ll need to be careful to build up your muscle strength in your feet and legs (particularly your calves). The biggest problem is that running barefoot feels so good that people overdo it and the next day hurt terribly. Think feet not miles to begin with and plan on several weeks before you get up to a mile or two.

    I’m looking forward to hearing how it goes!

    • ctinct May 17, 2010 at 7:12 AM #

      Thank you for the advice Clynton! I’m really excited to try it, so it’s good to have another voice telling me to slow down and be patient. I’ll be sure to let everyone know how it goes!

  2. maryrandall May 16, 2010 at 10:49 PM #

    June 1 is designated “National Go Barefoot Day”

    http://tinyurl.com/go-barefoot-day

    • ctinct May 17, 2010 at 7:13 AM #

      How awesome is that!! Thanks Mary!

  3. Tammy K May 17, 2010 at 12:39 PM #

    My son loves his five fingers. He wears them to school. Heck, just about every where. Good luck! I’ll be reading to see how your training goes.

    • ctinct May 17, 2010 at 2:43 PM #

      Everywhere huh? I wonder what his friends at school say! Thanks for saying hi Tammy!

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