Is Barefoot Running Dangerous?

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Editor's Note: Rust Belt Runner began running with her Vibram FiveFingers back in 2011 but was surprised to read a recent New York Times online article about the dangers of barefoot running. Are you a fan of barefoot running? Have you experienced any problems?~js

I got the point where I could run about 6-miles in the shoes and ran a few barefoot 5Ks with them on, including another one just last summer. . . . I have enjoyed barefoot running. It just feels more fun and natural and is a nice change of pace from what I’m used to. That being said I never experienced any known problems as a result of barefoot running. Of course I experienced some ankle and foot tenderness here and there, but nothing to write home about. I also made a point to adjust my stride to more of a mid-foot strike when running barefoot, which I think was very beneficial in preventing any injuries.

Vibram FiveFingers courtesy of Rust Belt Runner

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