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Zen Habits blogger Leo Babuta writes at length about the pains, the benefits and the learning curve of running barefoot, something he's become quite comfortable with. His post on the topic thumbnails the reasons for barefoot running (or at least running with minimalist "five finger" shoes) and answers some frequently asked questions about barefoot running — including worries about glass, rocks and other foot hazards.
Most importantly, though, the post explains what to expect from your body when you take it out on its first few no-shoe runs:
- Strides should be short - don't extend your legs as far as you do with shoes. It should feel almost like you're running in place.
- Keep upright and balanced. Keep your feet under your hips and shoulders.
- Stay light. You should feel like you're light on your feet, not pounding at all. Barefoot runners tend to be a little more springy in their step.
- Run quietly. If you are making a lot of noise with your steps (as shoe-wearing runners do), you're pounding too hard. Try to run softly, quietly, like an animal.
There's a lot more at the full post, and we're open to your own barefoot running suggestions in the comments.
The Complete Beginner's Guide to Barefoot Running [Zen Habits]