Shoeless Sasha?

6.15.10 A Long-Time Asics lover considers barefoot running


I had a shoe malfunction this week.

As I was walking down the street, my slide sandals gave way and the next thing I knew I was barefoot. And since barefoot running has been something I have been dying to try for months, I used the opportunity to explore the sidewalk, street and some lawns with only my feet beneath me (I also did not have much choice as I was about 1/2 a mile from my car).

It was interesting.

In recent months barefoot running has been all the rage. Just today, I was getting my calf worked on by my massage therapist, Tom and he started talking about his own experience with running.

A few months ago, I was given a pair of Vibram Five Fingers and I had every intention of using them, but first I was afraid to mix it up while I was training for a marathon and then I injured my calf, which is the one injury that barefoot running does not help. In fact, most people who start using the Vibrams report calf soreness for the next few weeks.

I have been slow to get into the barefoot running movement, but am now interested. My blog will be ending in mid-July, but before then, expect a post (or two) on barefoot running.

Once this injury is clear, I do plan to try it and I also plan to read, Born to Run.

Stay tuned.

And if you have any thoughts on barefoot running, please let me know. This is a very new thing for me.

Sasha Brown-Worsham is a writer, a mother and an unabashed, unashamed runaholic. Check her progress each week as she trains to qualify for the Boston Marathon.