Barefoot Runners To Run In Marathon

Monday, November 16, 2009

Barefoot Running...YES - you get A LOT of attention! Especially wearing the Vibrams like I have that are bright blue. But it's all good.

Barefoot Runners To Run In Marathon
Rock 'N' Roll Marathon Scheduled For Sunday
Charles Gonzalez, KSAT 12 News Reporter

POSTED: Saturday, November 14, 2009
UPDATED: 2:24 pm CST November 14, 2009

SAN ANTONIO -- Kathleen McBride has run for nearly four decades mostly injury free until this year.

"I was starting to have a couple of little nagging things bother me. In my hip and my feet bothering me a bit, said McBride, who will run the San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon on Sunday.

So after doing some research on the Internet about barefoot running, she decided to ditch her shoes.

"The hip thing cleared up in the first week of barefoot running," McBride said.

There are theories and studies both for and against running barefoot.

Proponents say humans were born to run barefoot and point to the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico, who routinely go on 50-mile or longer runs in either simple sandals or nothing.

But not all barefoot fans do it because of science.

"Honestly, I just don't like to wear shoes," said Teresa Morris, who's run four marathons barefoot and plans to also run in the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon without shoes.

They all agree that running on the road doesn't cause any problems because just like with shoes, you avoid objects in your path.

"The primary rule of barefoot running is relax, relax, relax," McBride said.

"My speed actually increased," Morris said. "My times in my races, like 5Ks, increased."

Kathleen got in touch with Teresa and other barefoot fans online and they now get together a few times a week for group runs. It's about the only time they don't get the stares or hear the whispers.

"They'll be running behind you ... saying, 'Why is she doing that?'" McBride said.

"If you're going to start running barefoot, you have to be somebody who doesn't mind a lot of attention negative, or otherwise, because you are going to draw attention," Morris said.

And maybe pick up a few more converts along the way.

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  • ZOE314
    hahaha I love that everybody calls Vibrams Lizard, or Gecko, or Monkey Feet hahaha. But deep down they all want a pair!
    4129 days ago
    I was just researching this last week! Unfortunately, with the snow flying any day now, I will not be able to test it until the spring - I hate the cold!
    4162 days ago
    I just started running (week 4 of C25K) and bought Vibrams on Thursday. I did my first run with them on Sunday. LOVE them! :)
    4162 days ago
    I was barefoot as a kid all the time. Now my feet can't handle the street. I already use the toe socks, but I just don't know. I know there was a barefoot runner at Disneyland half and I was impressed. It seems to be gaining more and more popularity.
    4163 days ago
    I'm planning on starting barefoot running after my marathon in April.
    4163 days ago
  • TAMTAM64
    Ohhhh the peer pressure.... LOL

    I'm just fighting the urge to go buy some of those lizard feet...

    Y'all know I'm gonna cave in soon!

    4163 days ago
    Yup, I'm jumping on the bandwagon. I'm heading over to a store that sells Vibrams this week and will be starting some barefoot running =)
    4163 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2854415
    My friend, Wendy, just ran the OBX HM barefoot and set a PR. I do about half my runs barefoot and half in my VFFs. By next spring I plan to run all my races barefoot.
    4163 days ago
    LOL - YES! I think I just might! :)
    4163 days ago
  • 1972ROSES
    Are you trying to make up for all your anti-blogging in one day?

    I'm on run #3 barefoot. I'll be blogging about it later this week when I can begin to judge the post-run effects.
    4163 days ago
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