Now that you know theres a big difference between the foot strike of someone who is a doing minimalist running versus a ˜normal runner, you might want to give it a try. After all, lets say you asked yourself, How well is my non-minimalist philosophy working in my life? and the answer is not very well. The evidence is all the foot issues youve developed over the years of running.
You're intrigued by minimalist philosophy and how those Olympic athletes could have possibly managed to run an entire marathon barefoot. Youre fascinated by the fact that the Tarahumara Indians can run up to 200 miles daily and not develop modern day foot issues.
A minimalist believes that back to nature is the best strategy for running. Since no one was born with shoes, it makes sense that we come equipped to walk and run in the naked state. However, theres a slight disconnect that has to be addressed. Its similar to the idea that when someone wants to change their diet, theres a lot to be considered. Often its not even possible to jump from Joe Smith Unhealthy Diet to Healthy Diet because it would cause too much digestive system stress. And when someone already has pre-existing diseases, its nearly impossible without a transition period of a few months. Likewise, it takes time to change ones philosophy.
If you already have pre-existing foot disorders such as Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis, part of these problems may have come from years of improper foot biomechanics. One recommendation is to purchase some minimalist shoes and insert some minimalist orthotics into them. This way you'll have proper support for your feet during the adaptation time period.
One of the minimalist orthotics on the market right now is the Superfeet Carbon Insoles.
Superfeet Carbon minimalist orthotics have a heel and arch stabilizer to keep your foot aligned as you walk or run. Interestingly, this one has perforations under the mid and forefoot to reduce weight and added breathability. It fits in all types of athletic shoes, and you can feel confident while using them inside your mountain biking and/or cycling shoes.
Heres another minimalist orthotics recommendation, the Currex RunPro Insoles.
These minimalist orthotic insoles feature a top cover that helps wick moisture away, a mid-level memory foam that is constructed with bamboo charcoal to reduce foot odor, an EVA foam rubber compound that is designed to mold to your heel and reduce excess motion within your shoes, and a poron heel and metatarsal pad that helps provide additional cushion from impact and shock absorption. Charcoal is a natural absorber of smells and has anti-bacterial properties.
These minimalist orthotics can reduce the pain of several different conditions such as Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, heel pain, knee pain, iliotibial band syndrome, ankle pain and arch pain.
The next thing to consider is how to change ones running technique. To switch from your current running technique to minimalist running (running barefoot), tune in tomorrow.