About to give it my first try on the road up above the farm.

by Jenna
(Nowra, NSW, Australia)

In Australia there are spiders and 'three corners' in the grass that I really want to avoid so I may need some protection in the future. So today I will make my way up to the pavement and then try out the local tennis court as well. Thanks for posting it was the extra nudge I needed to give it a try right away. Can't wait to feel like I did running around barefoot as a kid in summer again!

Hello Jenna,

Give it a shot. I like the feel of running in the grass barefoot the best. Pavement is the best choice when you start going barefoot. You will feel a bit awkward at first, but after a little bit of jogging, it will start to feel natural again.

I have three children, ages 2, 4, and 6. I am very tempted to get them running in minimalist shoes or barefoot if they ever get into the sport of running.

They haven't learned the bad habits that we all learn because of the big bulky and super supportive running shoes that we have been running with.

Doesn't this all seem backwards. 40 years ago, there weren't any big supportive shoes and there were very little foot problems from running. Now we have all these super protective footwear and there are more injuries.

Alright, enough rambling about running barefoot or running in minimalist shoes. If you like the barefoot feel and want to run on the ground where there are spiders and such, I recommend the Vibram Five Fingers shoes. It feels just like barefoot, but you have good protection from the nasty little things on the ground like bugs, thorns or sharp rocks.

Happy Trails - Coach Tief

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