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After going on a run tonight, thinking easy. light. smooth. fast. and soaking in the beautiful place where I’m lucky enough to live, the endorphins are kicking! Christopher McDougall, author of the national best seller Born to Run, has now convinced me to join the barefoot revolution. Why, you ask? Well, here’s why.
According to Dr. Daniel Lieberman, a professor of biological anthropology at Harvard University,
"A lot of foot and knee injuries that are currently plaguing us are actually caused by people running with shoes that actually make our feet weak, cause us to over-pronate, give us knee problems. Until 1972, when the modern athletic shoe was invented by Nike, people ran in very thin-soled shoes, had strong feet, and had much lower incidence of knee injuries."
Dr. Craig Richards, a researcher at the University of Newcastle in Australia, revealed in a 2008 research paper for the British Journal of Sports Medicine there was no evidence based studies that proved running shoes made you less prone to injury.
Every runner before 1972 wasn’t wearing Nike and the slew of brands that exist today. Yet, the injury rate in runners has gone up since people started wearing running shoes. The cushioning, springs, shocks, and other twenty first century technology that we pay hundreds of dollars for has to be helping us…right? After reading Born to Run, I don’t think so. Pick it up, and give it a read. You may find yourself wanting to run barefoot too.