Simple (Maybe Radical) Green: Ditch the Running Shoes

Simple (Maybe Radical) Green: Ditch the Running Shoes

Amber Byfield
Oct 8, 2009

When cool air hits, we seem to rediscover running. What better way to get outside and appreciate nature, while getting fit at the same time? We're not installing a bike that will power our blender any time soon, so we might as well green our evening jogs. Here's one way to do it that's gathering a lot of steam lately...

Barefoot running.

Oh, yes, you read that right. Running barefoot in the park. On cement or smooth surfaces (your casual neighborhood jog), preferably, all the while keeping an eye out for obstacles.

Barefoot running isn't a new idea, but it's getting more exposure lately thanks to author Christopher McDougall's book Born to Run. The premise? Humans are born with the ability to run on their bare feet, without the need for expensive high-tech running gear made halfway around the world. McDougall advocates barefoot running to improve form, saying that it prevents injury by naturally correcting one's running stance.

We're thinking of giving it a try. One less commodity to buy, one less item to discard (either by donating or recycling), one proven way to improve our running... What's not to like?

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