27 May '12, 12pm

Barefoot Running Carries Risks and Rewards: Should You Stick to Shoes?

Barefoot Running Carries Risks and Rewards: Should You Stick to Shoes?

Ultramarathoner Gordy Manuel stands at the starting line of the Wounded Knee 100-Mile Trail Ultra. Above the ankles he looks like any of the others who are milling around, waiting for the race to start, but a look further down reveals a striking difference: Manuel is barefoot. “I’ve run several hundred milers,” says Manuel, “but my times just don’t seem to be improving. My feet and legs start to ache around mile 50, my muscles just feel beat up. Something needed to change.” Manuel became intrigued by the idea of running barefoot after reading about the growing scientific evidence that humans evolved to run barefoot. “Cavemen didn’t wear Nike’s,” reports Manuel. I asked Manuel how much experience he had running barefoot. “None,” he says with a grin. “Look, if my ancestors didn’t need shoes, then neither do I. Barefoot running is supposed to be more efficient, and it’s suppo...

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