As I have mentioned many times, barefoot running has to be eased into. In fact, many responsible, barefoot shoe makers, such as SoftStar, are putting caveats on their products. You can, however, discuss deep philosophical topics without shoes or special training like these scholars of old.
In the “how to run barefoot” section of my site, I include a video that has step by step instructions about how to start running barefoot. But some people prefer reading and want to have a schedule. So, here are three resources to help first timers make the transition to barefoot running:
- The utter beginner program. For people who haven’t run a while and want to start out in their barefeet.
- The shod to shodless runner. For people who run in bouncy shoes, but want to become hippie barefoot runners.
- The “common sense” approach. This is for people who want advice from a Harvard man. Yes, it’s Lieberman. Lieberman is a luminary in the barefoot running community. His paper about the evolutionary roots of running explains much about the our biological need for cardio vasular exercise: “endurance running is a derived capability of the genus Homo, originating about 2 million years ago, and may have been instrumental in the evolution of the human body form.”