Those $150 running shoes that were supposed to help your knee and lower back pains might be making it worse. You see, modern running shoes aren’t exactly the problem; it’s what they encourage which is the problem known as the “heel strike.” Authors like Christopher McDougall and Paul Rambali have been writing about the technique of barefoot running for some time now, and along with it, a movement continues to gain in popularity.
McDougall has an amazing story about how he discovered barefoot running after being told that he would never be able to run again. You can check it out in the book, Born to Run.
Dr. Craig Richards, PhD writes in his review,
“It is a beautiful story and a superb synthesis of the science. It is about time that as a society we examined how it is that we have got to the point where it is considered unnatural to run.”
–Dr. Craig Richards, PhD, professor of biomedical research at the University of Newcastle and a leading authority on running biomechanics.
You might be a little bit worried about cutting up your feet around the roads and trails of La Mesa if you started barefoot running, right? If you’re not ready to dive in head first to the naked foot run, you can also use minimalistic shoes such as Vibram Five Fingers that will protect the bottom of your feet and add traction.
Check out retail stores close to Alterra apartments in La Mesa for more info about the Five Finger shoes: