Originally Posted by pseudo_vegan
In the kinesiological sense, running in a practically support-less pair of Chucks on hard pavement would be a pretty bad idea...
...since not everyone has perfected their "barefoot stride"...
...leading to MUCH IMPACT on the knee joints...
Perhaps, then, there should be more focus in running on perfecting one's barefoot stride, rather than using shoes to do that work for you.
as an aside, my husband has been a runner for years (5 k distances, mostly). he also has flat feet and one leg is a little shorter than the other. he has a lift for his shoes on one side. he's always used specific support shoes to run.
over the past 6 years, we've worked on his foot structure through a series of yoga exercises, through walking barefoot, and then running on grass barefoot (in our neighborhood's greenspace). very short distances, mostly about mindfulness.
today, he has a discernable arch when he stands or walks. He now runs frequently on the sidewalks in our neighborhood without shoes. this would be concreate side walks. Even with his one leg shorter (we found a way to manage that aspect of his stride), he's still able to do it.
He said that if someone had told him how to manage his feet and legs when he was younger, he probably would have been able to avoid the knee injury he had at 18--even though he'd been wearing appropriate shoes. Interesting huh?
Another client of mine ran a weekend race last weekend. The tuesday prior, we'd spent an entire yoga class focusing on feet, culminating with a walking meditation to help maintain proper stature and alignment while walking. he then applied that to his running that weekend, where he increased his time by 2 minutes (and it was hot on saturday!). He was wearing 'good' shoes, albeit a little old and worn, but the difference he said was in how he watched his foot working, he wsa able to get better knee lift, and the whole race was much easier than in the past.
Perhaps actually paying attention to feet, instead of compensating through expensive equipment would be a method of liberation. I'm not against people buying the running shoes that they want or feel that they need. but i think it's important to recognize that what we think we need and what we actually need may be two different things.
And I don't have the freaking hills and plains and bush of Africa as my backyard to run in. I run up and down 6th Ave. Street. Road. Pavement. Hard.
i don't either. but, we do have some green space in our neighborhood. but, my husband does run on roads (black top which is springier) and on the sidewalk in our neighborhood (which is concrete). he seems to do quite well. I do well enough with the run/walk trail near the Y, which is 1/3 blacktop and 2/3 fine gravel. i walk the gravel part, run the black top part. I used to do it in old shoes, which hurt my feet, and when i started doing it barefoot, it was much better. I don't have any knee problems, feet problems, or whatever else.
i wasn't arguing the point about being barefoot in alpline places. honestly, i don't rightly know wht constitutes alpine. They say that when you get high enough into a mountain, you're in an alpine area. I climbed Mt Kataden and about 1/2 up, i decided to go barefoot because it was easier and more comfortable than my shoes. I wasn't harmed by it--and my feet were far less sore than my husband's or our friend's.
but, again, i don't know if that 'qualifies' as 'alpine' in any way. And, i do know that there are plenty of people throughout the world who have home-made shoes (traditional) rather than expensive western hiking or work boots who live in mountainous regions (tibet, northern india, etc). They seem to do fine without their "NorthFace" equipment.
And, that's my point. A lot of people think that you need expensive equipment to do a lot of things--not necessarily. a lot of people do a lot of things with minimal or no equipment.