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This weekend, for the first time ever, Don, Mark, and I were all in the same room…the entire “1 Meal – 1 Workout” family. Sunday morning, Don and I went for a short run. He in his new Vibrams, and me in my Brooks PureCadence.

I’m endeavoring to run “more naturally” myself. My aforementioned Brooks shoes are one change I’ve made. Additionally, I’m working to have a natural stride. I’ve read, and found to be personally true, that if a person pulls off their shoes and start running, they will tend to move from a heel-strike to a mid-foot or fore-foot strike.

Here’s a couple of articles that I’ve referenced in the past, just in case you’re interested:

Born to Run Barefoot

More Evidence Supports Barefoot Running

So for the past few weeks, when I get to the last quarter-mile of my run, I’ll pull off my shoes and run home barefoot.  No, I’m not joking.  And yes, I look silly doing it.

But today, I was running with Don, and whether or not it was intentional, we ended up in something of a race as we neared my driveway. Here is what I learned from that race.

Running barefoot (socks really) is great and helps my stride.

RACING barefoot (still in socks)….hurts.

My competitiveness kicked in and I started pounding the pavement quite hard. Now, the balls of my feet ache badly on the outside edge. Hopefully by tomorrow evening I’ll be recovered for my Monday run.

I’m not discouraged…just a bit more wise.

This week I got some new running shoes!  I picked up a pair of Brooks PureCadence at Big Peach Running Company. These shoes are what some dub “transition” shoes.  

“What does that mean?” you ask.

On the “1 Meal – 1 Workout” podcast, we’ve discussed barefoot running and Don’s Vibram FiveFingers. Here’s a couple of the articles we’ve referenced:

Barefoot running: bad or beneficial?

More Evidence Supports Barefoot Running


So…back to my shoes…a typical running shoe has a heel-to-toe drop of 10mm to 12mm (or even 15mm).  That means that the height difference between the heel and toe of the shoe is around 10mm or 12mm.

Truly minimalist shoes like the Vibram FiveFinger pretty much have a 0mm drop.  This means they are basically a piece of flat rubber strapped to the bottom of your foot. 

The Brooks PureCadance has a 4mm heel-to-toe drop. What this does is promote a mid-foot to fore-foot strike. I won’t go into all the details, because if you want to know more, both articles I referenced above do a much better job with the details. It’s in between a flat 0mm shoe and a traditional running shoe. A lot of people use them to “transition” to barefoot running.

I’ve gone for two 3 mile runs in my new shoes and the verdict is…I love them! They are super light, “flat”, but still very supportive. I don’t know that they are for everyone, but I think they are going to be for me!

This week Shawn Kibel’s back, and we discuss his experience with the Warrior Dash. Should you do it? Is it for you? Click HERE to start listening and find out!

In the news:
MSNBC: Barefoot running: bad or beneficial?

Healthy Recipe Tip: Don’t eat out. 🙂