Spring has sprung. As I read a blog by a fellow barefoot runner (barefoot as in no shoes and not "barefoot shoes") it hit me that soapbox season has started! This is when barefoot runners start to realize that warmer weather is here, the first races of the season are on the calendar and those minimal shoes that we convinced ourselves that they are wonderful have been tossed aside.
For me, I decided that winter would be shoe testing season. I thought it would make it easier to accept the inevitable cold. It was fun. I like most all of the shoes I have tried and I have made some wonderful friends and connections in the process. Last week after running 29 miles and only 1.5 of those in shoes, of which in hindsight I didn't need, all the joy that running barefoot can bring came rushing back from my feet up. I love to run barefoot. There are no shoes out there that can come close to being barefoot no matter if their marketing claims to. Granted I like some of my shoes, but they are still shoes. They keep my feet from chatting with the ground as they meet.
So now when you read barefoot running blogs or posts you will find much more "barefoot is best" on the top of the lists (as it should be) instead of all of the usual advice such as keeping your cadence around 180, relax, midfoot landing, ect. Don't get me wrong, those are all important but listening to your feet is all you need and the rest will come. I have been reminded of this as I welcome spring with my feet and dust off my soap box!
SOAPBOX on my friends!!! Run happy! Run Free! Free Your Feet!! Welcome SPRING!!
The true sign of spring is when sweet little boys bring their mama flowers for the first time this year!