In my quest for self betterment I realized that my need for running was pushing past what my body could take while wearing typical shoe coffin marshmallow fluffy huge running shoes. I couldn't get past 15 or so miles per week and my heart and mind needed more.
So I ditched the shoes (which in and of itself took bravery and soul searching) and I found a joy in running that I had never known before. First off I could see improvements that were measurable and I could see the miles building up. Even better I was doing it injury free. To put the icing on the cake I have and often still do set down those heavy loads I carry on my shoulders and straighten my spine, hold my head high, and run free.
I notice things now. I notice the seasons pass in a detailed and profound way. I notice the temperature. I notice how my body reacts and interacts with that which is around me. I notice my breathe and my feet touching the earth. I started by paying attention to my feet and the sensations that came with running barefoot in the beginning. Then it spread up my body and then out.
It makes me happy to run. It relaxes me and calms my spirit. I love when I get better and faster and can run for more miles but over the last couple of weeks it has been done when I just went out there because I felt like running and greatness came along for the ride!
Other people are getting that too. If you haven't read Born to Run yet, you should. Its an excellent read regardless of your foot wear choices. Its for runners.
Here is a blog post that also gets in touch with things other than gear and times and expectations we put on ourselves.
This is fantastic list that I copied from the above blog link.
Top ten ways to become a better runner and a better person. Simultaneously.
Go check out MissZippy's latest post!! Seems as though the self examination bug is going around!