Running on the Fence

The debate between Running Barefoot (BF) & Running Shoes is a divided and controversial one. In my earlier post, I have described how BF has helped my running both technically & mentally. However, I am not ready to throw-away my running shoes just yet because to me, the pros & cons of whether or not to wear running shoes is far from clear-cut. I enjoy both running types because they each offer me different kinds of highs and lows. I like BF because;

  • I don’t have to worry about finding a pair of clean socks
  • I needn’t worry if my shoes are the right kind
  • It helps me focus on the road ahead

I like running with shoes too;

  • I don’t have to worry about a stranger asking me, “Isn’t it painful”
  • I needn’t worry if I stepped on broken glass, fish hooks or hot tarmac
  • I can run on tough trails

I have decided to improve my skills for both activities of running barefoot and “normal” running so that I can run confidently in both categories whenever and wherever I want. You see, in the end, I love running with shoes but I am in love with BF 😉

About Gus Ghani

Hi:) My name is Gus and I am a Fitness Coach who enjoys outdoor adventures. In particular, I like to run marathons & ultra marathons, and compete in triathlons and century rides for fitness, fun & friendship. My passion is to motivate my friends to exercise more so that they can live life to the fullest. The purpose of this blog is five-fold:- 1) I find writing very therapeutic & beats paying for a psychiatrist to keep sane 2) I like to share & inspire others into engaging in any healthy pursuits 3) This is a great way to keep track of my progress in all my sporting endeavours 4) This also keeps me honest & spurs me on to do more 5) Even if you are a couch potatoe, I hope you will find my entries entertaining and/or informative. In summary, this blog is helping me help others help myself...get it?
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