Hey RIF REVers,
Some of the most frequent questions I am asked are: “what pair of shoes do you wear?”, “What are the best shoes to prevent injuries?”, “Is barefoot better than shoes?”
The topic of Running shoes is a bit like religion – you either believe or you don’t. Particularly in terms of barefoot running vs running shoes. But I believe there is an in-between and that you can run injury-free in any pair of shoes!
Since 1971 runners have been frequently wearing cushioned shoes - designed to increase stride distance and thus, speed. However, since this time (as documented in various studies) running injuries have been rife! Nowadays, up to 70% of runners each year spend time being unable to run due to injuries. But why is this?
Increasing stride distance:
- Makes us over-reach and thus, lose alignment, worsens our posture and affects our breathing rate and nervous system
- Makes our muscles have to over-compensate by relying on muscular force from sinking more due to an over-stride to initiate a second phase of movement
- It reduces our sensory information (proprioception) we receive from our feet which makes us lazy and sink through our body (we run as bent as questions marks!)
- And consequently over time, we have become more and reliant on our shoes, particularly to compensate for any imbalances in our lower limbs!
Why do people rebel with barefoot??
- I learned to run in minimal drop shoes b/c though running barefoot doesn’t make you a better runner automatically, it forces you to become one.
- The reason why is – you have to create absorption and reduce the high impact/ traumas of running ourselves: we instantly land in the middle/ ball of our foot, we straighten through the hips and chest and our posture automatically improves
Do I have to run barefoot!??
- I believe you can run injury-free in any pair of shoes. I run barefoot for a few hours a week bur the majority is in a cushioned neutral/ stable shoe.
- YOU CAN RUN INJURY-FREE in ANY PAIR OF SHOES simply by re-educating yourself on how each part of the body works, how to initiate natural movement, and how to adjust your body to reduce impact. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I TEACH IN EVERY RIFREV SESSION.
How long should I wear my shoes for??
- People accept 600 Ks as the “throw away time”. WHY??? Because if you’re reliant on your shoes to prevent injury, then as soon as they wear, the injuries return.
- If you don’t rely on your shoes and you create absorption naturally, using your body, you can wear them for much longer and longevity of a shoe becomes a void issue.
I HAVE BEEN WEARING THE SAME SHOE SINCE JUNE AND HAVE RUN ALMOST 7000KS IN THEM! THIS DOESN’T CAUSE AN INJURY BECAUSE I DON’T RELY ON MY SHOES TO PREVENT INJURIES. LEARN THIS SKILL TODAY AND NOT ONLY WILL YOU RUN INJURY-FREE BUT, YOU’LL SAVE YOURSELF A LOT OF MONEY AND BE A MUCH BETTE RUNNER FOR IT.