This Article is About
soles of your feet
t rush
natural shape
running start
forefoot
transitioning
spending time
amount of time
Transitioning To Barefoot Running
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

If you're interested in running barefoot, it's important that you don't rush into anything too extreme without preparation. You may have seen some pictures on the internet of feet covered in nasty blisters after a barefoot run. "Barefoot running is BS!", they say. "Look what happened when I tried it!" Don't be that guy. If we're going to do this, let's make sure we're doing it right. In this article, I'll give you a few tips for transitioning to barefoot running as painlessly as possible.

The first thing you should do is make sure you spend plenty of time barefoot even when you're not running. As your feet re-adapt to being barefoot, your feet will get stronger and will actually return to their natural shape. The muscles that support your arches will strengthen. Your arches may get higher. Your forefoot will get wider and your toes will spread out more. Your calves will become longer and more flexible. Spending time walking or even just standing barefoot will help this process along.

When you're transitioning to barefoot running, you also want to start off in small increments and gradually increase the amount of time you run. If you've been wearing shoes all your life, the soles of your feet are soft and delicate. If you try to run 10 miles on your first day, you're going to wreck them. Also, your form will be different and you'll be using muscles in a way you're not used to. Your calves may get pretty sore as you're transitioning to barefoot running. Start off by running about 5 minutes barefoot every other day. Every week or so, increase that time by another 5 minutes.

A lot of runners are in the habit of pushing through pain. You don't want to do that here. That feedback is designed to tell you when you're doing something wrong. Listen to it. You may need to correct your form in some way, or you may just need to stop for the day and let your feet recover. For example, if you're landing hard on your heel, this is going to hurt because it isn't the way we were meant to run. The high impact of running that way is harmful to your joints. When you're transitioning to barefoot running, focus on maintaining a light, gentle forefoot landing.

Another thing you can do to ease your transition is get a pair of minimalist "barefoot" shoes. These are shoes designed to provide some protection for your soles without changing the way your foot naturally functions. If your soles are starting to hurt, you can throw these on and keep running without worrying about developing blisters. They're also a good idea if you're worried about debris such as glass or metal, or if you want to do some trail running.

Barefoot running is not something you should just dive into and expect to be able to run as far as you can in shoes. Make sure you take the time to develop strong feet without overwhelming them. If you take it easy and listen to your body, transitioning to barefoot running should be a pleasant experience, not a painful one.


Street Talk

Caleb R.  

If you have the option, running barefoot on sand is a good choice. You expend more energy, get the foot use to being barefoot, and work those underused muscles, and build ankle strength.

Reply
  about 9 years ago
You May Also Like
Travelling to Mykonos Island
Imagine total sunshine sparkling across a vista of turquoise and sapphire. Sand from the beach massages the soles of your feet. This is a landscape of uncompromised beauty. This is Mykonos Island in Greece. Being one of the top favourite holiday destinations in the world, it offers top quality natural…
By: Sinead Eire in  Travel and Leisure  >  Airline Travel   Feb 15, 2012  
0
  Likes: 7

Bicep Workouts Without Weights - 3 Exercises to Tone Your Post Pregnancy Arms
Post pregnancy, many women may feel parts of their bodies are on the flabby side, so they may want to tone themselves up. Yes, the tummy area is probably the number one area women want to tone up after a pregnancy, but many may also gain weight in other areas…
By: Kristin L. in  Health and Fitness  >  Weight Loss   Nov 18, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

What Does Success Look Like? Five Questions to Ask Yourself
If 12 people were asked to describe what ‘success looks like’, the chances are you would get 12 different answers. Success after all is completely subjective and the description of what it looks like is entirely personal to each of us. However, many people yearn to be more successful than…
By: BIS_Coach in  Self Improvement  >  Success   Aug 08, 2011  
0
  Likes: 1

Enjoy Online Business
Nowadays, online businesses are very rampant, it is because it provides you a residual income that you can never find elsewhere. I am thankful that I was able to discover ways to earn online and this I would like to shar with you. If you are tired of searching for…
By: tiny florentino in  Home Based Business  >  Network Marketing   Aug 14, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

How to Fix a Breakup – 6 Tips on How to Fix a Breakup
The Sadness of the Break Up Break ups can be one of the saddest times of someone's life. Though nowadays break ups seem more and more common, it's still difficult to accept. After all you’re still thinking about your ex and this hurts badly. You start wondering what happened and…
By: JW Penn in  Relationships  >  Reconnecting   May 13, 2011  
2
  Likes: 11

Want to get back together-write a letter
Have you been talking to your ex about getting back together and the message hasn't got through? Well you may want to consider going back to basics and write a letter. No,no not a text. And even more no.no, not a Facebook message! A proper letter written on nice writing…
By: Damien in  Relationships  >  Reconnecting   May 09, 2011  
0
  Likes: 2

Get An Internet Marketing Education
I tried for two years with no luck to make money on the internet. I knew it could be done so I started educating myself and became overwhelmed because there are many ways to market an online buisness. I soon discovered an internet marketing school called wealthy affiliate university. After…
By: angie smith in  Reference and Education   Jan 18, 2013  
0
  Likes: 6

Why It's A Good Idea to Plan Ahead
When it comes to home based businesses, I'm surprised at how many fail and never try again. It's almost depressing actually. I suppose I was fortunate to have a great memory and parents that taught me an important lesson that applies to most (if not all) aspects of life: "When…
By: Rionel Lee in  Home Based Business   Jun 19, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

Trying to Get Him Back – The Best Break Up Advice
Have you recently lost a lover, and are trying to get him back? It might seem like an insurmountable task, but it really isn't. It can be hard to stay hopeful in the face of a messy break up, but it's important. No break up has to be permanent, especially…
By: A. B. Sahu in  Relationships  >  Conflict   Oct 26, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Five Tips for Marketing A Book
Marketing a book is tough work. Building a platform, generating a blog following, mastering Twitter and Facebook all take time. Lots of it. Adding to the sensation of drowning in a river of work is the tsunami of information available online. I buy one book and hardly finish it when…
By: Evelyn Puerto in  Writing and Speaking  >  Book Marketing   Aug 13, 2012  
4
  Likes: 1

Can You Get Back With Your Ex Boyfriend? Of Course, You Can
Getting back with your ex-boyfriend can sound like it would be extremely difficult, but it doesn't have to be. Your friends may tell you that you are making a mistake by trying to get back with him, but if you are certain that he is the one for you, then…
By: G.M. Bevan in  Relationships  >  Conflict   Aug 15, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Blog For Profit – A Short Summary
Many of you have probably been thinking of how to make money using your own blog. One thing I can tell you is that it is not an entirely automatic process! To have a profitable blog, you need to know your audience. You have to research your headlines to get…
By: Roy Smeds in  Internet and Businesses Online  >  Blogging   Aug 15, 2012  
4
  Likes: 4

How to Run An Efficient Back Office for Your Online Shop
The first rule in running any business efficiently is tight, well thought through processes with bespoke software to drive them.Defining Your ProcessesThis is the first and most important stage. The information and workflows charted during this operation become the basis for all subsequent steps. As this is the most crucial…
By: Franc Sutherland in  Internet and Businesses Online   Nov 10, 2011  
0
  Likes: 1

Perfect Eyebrow Shape - How To Get It
What makeup junkie out there doesn't have at least ONE trick up her sleeve to help get the perfect eyebrow shape? I know I do! Millions of women and teenage girls struggle to achieve having the perfect eyebrow shape, and unfortunately a lot of the time they completely destroy the…
By: Janna in  Womens Interests  >  Beauty Products   Dec 27, 2011  
2
  Likes: 4

Would You Build An Internet Business Using Only Article Marketing?
Ever since Gutenberg invented the printing press early marketers were some of the first who took advantage of this new invention. They used it to create flyers that they could post announcing their wares and also to apprise the town folk of upcoming sales. I would imagine that a rise…
By: Ken Damon in  Writing and Speaking  >  Article Marketing   Aug 23, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 1804    Report this Article