In 1960, Abebe Bikila ran the Olympic marathon in a time of 2 hours 15 minutes and 16 seconds to earn a gold medal. He did this in his bare feet.
An isolated native tribe in Mexico known to the rest of the world as the Tarahumara run ultra-marathon races lasting up to 200 miles or more and do so in bare feet or minimalistic sandals called huaraches.
These people only seem supernatural because we are so accustomed to running in shoes.
Running barefoot can be dangerous in many modern conditions. The foot was evolved to run on softer terrain like dirt and grass, but in modern society it can be difficult to escape the endless sea of asphalt.
Rocks, broken glass, sharp rusty metal and many other dangerous obstacles may be encountered while running barefoot.
Thanks to the research done to support the benefits of barefoot running and its increasing popularity, some companies have designed and released different models of shoes that are designed to be minimalistic and simulate barefoot running.
When learning about barefoot running I became pretty obsessed with it. It really changed the way I thought about running and human kinetics.
I had always enjoyed being barefoot and would often get teased about it by family and friends. Now that I am informed about the proven benefits of being barefoot I can have something to come back at them with.
I hope that this slideshow might influence someone else to give barefoot running a try.
McDougall, C. (2009). Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
Sshilke. (2010). Interesting Olympic Moments, Abebe Bikila “The Man Who Ran Barefoot”. Retrieved January 27, 2010 from http://hubpages.com/hub/Interesting-Olympic-Moments--Abibe-Bikela-The-Man-Who-Ran-Barefoot