I had a really fantastic article (in my little mind) about barefoot running. But something just didn't feel right. Maybe it was the black bean burrito I had. There have been a TON of thoughts, many sides being taken, view points, barefoot wars, yadda, yadda, yadda. And yes, for the record I have my take on the fad, but honestly it all comes back to one thing. Running.
It's not if you wear shoes or if you go barefoot. It is about the love of running. The joy of running. Feeling the wind in your face. Making it to the top of that hill you thought you couldn't. Running when you want to scream (and maybe you did). Getting up when you wanted to punch the alarm clock. Remembering that very first time you put on some "does-this-make-my-butt-look-big shorts", but you went for a jog anyway. Running to clear your head when your boyfriend or girlfriend just dumped you. Running to a personal best. Qualifying for the beloved Boston Marathon.
Running makes you strong. Running gives you confidence. Running is healthy. Running is freedom. Running makes you happy (with some exceptions).
If you wear shoes or not, I don't really give a crap. I do care about your safety & so I would encourage you to listen to the podcast below. But again, it comes back to this: run for the love of it.
We are all runners. Let's celebrate that. Celebrate the fact that you run!
Just don't bare it all. Unless you live on a deserted island. And because you are a runner you won't scare the monkey's :)
**Here's the podcast I mentioned. Listen for some awesome view points on the topic. Thanks to Pete L for sharing it! http://www.runblogger.com/2010/03/rp16-barefoot-and-minimalist-running.html
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