Barefoot running, shoes and techniques

So I had a discussion with my Chiro that I got ART treatment from about orthotics vs barefoot running. They sell orthotics so he opinion is that 31 years of me wearing shoes by body can not be reverted back to millions of years of evolution. So I did some more research, looked up the Terra Plana shoes that Tim talks about, I have wanted to get some Vibram five fingers for a while too just never have. I found out another brand called Inov-8 makes a 0 drop minimal shoe as well. Most importantly it looks like New Balance and Merrel are jumping on the barefoot band wagon as well. I posted this question on quora (which is pretty sweet by the way) http://www.quora.com/Is-there-a-cheap-alternative-to-Terra-Plana-shoes and then answered it myself after doing my research.

The New Balance shoes have a 4mm drop which seems to be a bad thing. Here is the link to the New Balance site, the shoes are coming out in March http://www.newbalance.com/performance/tony-krupicka-and-chris-wawrousek-talk-about-the-evolution-of-nb-minimus/. And a great review of them here http://barefootrunninguniversity.com/2010/11/17/new-balance-minimus-trail-review/.

The Merrel shoes are coming out in February. Here is a link to the Merrell site http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Static/BarefootPreview.mvc.aspx. And a great review here http://barefootrunninguniversity.com/2011/01/04/merrell-trail-glove-review/.

But, the shoes are not magic, they may help you not heel strike but my gait is terrible. There are lots of videos on gait analysis but I had a hard time finding instructions on how to fix my form/technique. Then I stumbled across chi running invented by Danny Dreyer. His youtube channel is here http://www.youtube.com/user/chilivinginc.

There is also POSE running. Which seems to be a bit more developed and technical.

I will going doing my walk/run tomorrow morning, I don’t have barefoot shoes yet but I do have some minimal pumas that I can use. I will be working on my stride for sure. I also did some research on sprinting form as I want to get my 40 time down and help the kids I coach with that as well. I found a video of Usain Bolt in slow motion here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MC_t8MfGHMQ which is an amazing thing to watch. The form for sprinting does not seem different at all to the form for long distance running.

I am surprised and disappointed that Tim did not touch on running form more as he did with swimming.

January 7, 2011Permalink

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