I've been researching the idea of running barefoot lately. Around 2009, the topic started gaining popularity again. The case for running barefoot supports spreading the impact on the ball of the foot followed by the toes or heel, instead of landing directly on the heel first. As a runner I immediately understood what they mean about the impact. As I get older I feel the soreness in my knees and ankles more and more. Even though I slowed the pace down, I'm still hitting the ground with my heels while my shoe hide the impact. Our feet were not designed to take that repeated impact against the rear sole so often. If you think about it, you're actually braking when you hit with your heel and have to propel yourself forward again with the next step. Expensive footwear is another factor to content with. Shortly after breaking in a new pair of running shoes, I'm counting the days before having to retire them due to lack of support.
Last week I cursed my latest shoes for causing some blistering at the end of an otherwise enjoyable jog. My only concern is stepping on something sharp or otherwise hazardous. I've already picked up a book called Barefoot Running: Step by Step by Ken Bob Saxton and Roy Wallack. It'll take time but I'm hoping I'll be able to make the transition. Not sure what I'll do when winter arrives, but I'll figure it out. I'm sure there's something that can be used besides regular running shoes to protect against the colder temps.