Recently, scanning our library’s website, I saw that they had, in their collection, Barefoot Running by Michael Sandler, the author of the aforementioned appendix. When I first started the book, however, I was crestfallen, as the first several chapters were of the granola and hippie-dippie prose variety. I’m not against spirituality, but I am not really comfortable reading about it. Better left unsaid as I find it detracts, to me, from the actual subject matter of the book. However, Sandler does have a lot of good things to say about transitioning to barefoot running and the benefits it conveys.
I’ve decided to use his 12 week program to add some barefoot running to my training, with the thought that it may benefit me and hopefully won’t hurt me. Contrary to a lot of reports, barefoot runners do not get injured any less than those shod, though the injuries tend to be of a different ilk. After each week, I’ll report back to let you all know what I think.