Several weeks ago, my judo sensei (teacher)–Scott–talked a group from our judo class into running. Ever since then, we’ve been training for several running events such as Tough Mudder, Walt Disney World Marathon, and so on. During one of our night runs, Scott sensei recommended all of us to read Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall–let me mention it was an excellent read. One of the many topics Born to Run covers is minimalist/barefoot running–a rapidly growing style of running. To be honest, I find minimalist running quite attractive. I’m not one myself, but Scott sensei’s been running with minimalist footwear for nearly two-and-a-half years and, so far, it’s worked out well for him.
Before any controversy may arise, let me make one thing clear from the beginning: there’s a lot of debate in the running world weather minimalist/barefoot running is better than shod (your typical running shoes) running or not. I AM NOT SAYING MINIMALIST/BAREFOOT RUNNING IS BETTER THAN SHOD RUNNING. My only intention is to highlight the simplicity of running with minimalist/barefoot footwear.
In an introductory video of the new NB Minimus, Ultramarathoner Anton (Tony) Krupicka said:
“My philosophy of running–and even life–is stripping down the amount of gear to the very essentials. The main piece of gear as a runner is the shoe: it’s the point of contact between you and the ground […] If you can make that as natural as possible, I think it enhances the overall experience of […] running.”
Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe said, “less is more.” With a similar philosophy, Anton’s quote says that increased foot sensory perception is achieved through less gear (minimalist/barefoot running styles). I find it most fascinating how the intricate human foot is able to continually adapt to its surroundings when it’s in is most “primal” and simplest state.
There’s a time and a place for everything. Shall we spice things up now?