I feel like I’m preparing to write a research paper. I’m not. But that’s the best way I can relate to you the amount of research I’m doing in preparation for my return to running. When that will be has yet to be determined, pending a visit to a specialist. In the meantime, I’ve been doing a lot of reading, practically writing a research paper and learning about barefoot running resources.
In the areas of running I have been learning about:
• Barefoot Running (Reading “Barefoot Running” right now, soon to be followed by “Born to Run” — I guess I’m the only one who hasn’t jumped on that bandwagon!”
• Natural Running and changing my form / stride
• Chi Running (Soon to read “Chi Running” on hold at library)
• I’ve also been scouring the Runner’s World forum on barefoot running
As I mentioned last week the prospect of orthotics does NOT sit well with me. I am 25-years-old and want running to be a lifetime activity. I want to be that old woman at the 5K, the one you can’t believe is there. I want to do what is right to get me there, and preferably something more natural than a plastic device forcing me to walk or run a certain way.
During my research I’ve been thinking back on the marathoners of decades ago. They did not have motion control shoes or all this extra padding. The first Nike shoes back in the 70s had flat soles. Why have the shoes evolved to where they are today? Why are we being told to use motion control? And more importantly, why was I told last week that putting hard plastic in my shoes for life is the only option? Is this all about the shoe and orthotic companies making money? Or maybe our shoes have truly evolved to adapt to our surroundings: pavement.
I am more ready to admit that my form has been poor (becoming a runner with reckless abandon and no coaching) and in some way contributed to my injury. If changing my form and wearing minimalist shoes will prevent future toe problems and other running-related injures, I am there. Barefoot (in some sort of form, is still on the table). Ok, I hopped off my podium. Your turn.