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One Man’s Take On Barefoot Running

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 23, 2010
  • Updated Feb. 19, 2013 at 8:46 AM UTC
Barefoot coach Lee Saxby observes reporter Miles Dickenson running barefoot on a treadmill. Photo: The Telegraph

Barefoot coach Lee Saxby observes reporter Miles Dickenson running barefoot on a treadmill. Photo: The Telegraph

Form is key, says ones of Britain’s leading barefoot running coaches.

Taking part in an ongoing series by The Telegraph about finding the best ways to stay in shape, reporter Miles Dickenson tried out barefoot running.He became aware of the concept after reading Christopher McDougall’s bestseller, “Born To Run,” and decided to give it a shot. Dickenson consulted Lee Saxby one of Britain’s leading experts on barefoot running. Saxby put Dickenson on a treadmill and observed his form. “You look like the average jogger. You’re running really badly,” he said.

Saxby then put the reporter back on a treadmill and had him watch a metronome set at 180 beats per minute. “What I want you to do is get your step in rhythm with the beat,” said the coach.

“Free from the constraints of £150 [$230] trainers, with “air-cushioning technology” that encourages you to run hard on your heels, I feel my entire gait change,” recalls Dickenson after he tried out barefoot treadmill running.

Saxby urges caution when first starting out barefoot. “It’s easy to pick up injuries in the first six months of running barefoot. Although you can run without anything on your feet, specialist shoes offer sensible protection. Training is key,” he advises.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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