The NY Times reports on a study showing more injuries in people who run barefoot compared to those with shoes…
When Born to Run first came out, I went out immediately to pick up some Vibram Fivefingers because I was so excited to embrace my body’s natural state. My first run was 3 miles. My second run was 3 miles. My third run was nonexistent because I had strained my calf. Turns out I didn’t read the instructions for a proper adjustment period and subsequently injured myself.
Right now I wear barefoot shoes when I walk (These are my work shoes!), but since I don’t do much running I don’t feel like I’m at risk for the injuries described by the NY Times.
The barefoot shoes do help me when I’m squatting and lifting in Crossfit giving me a stronger sense of stability since my feet are closer to the ground.
While I still believe in the benefits of barefoot shoes… I no longer believe in the benefits of long distance running nor do I have the time for it since all my energy is directed towards BJJ and Crossfit.