4. Barefoot Running Will Reduce Injuries
The opposite is the case if you are not used to running in minimalist shoes or barefoot and jump right into it, explained John Martinez, assistant head doctor for the Ironman World Championships. “Everything in moderation including moderation; that holds true with barefoot or minimalist running,” Martinez said. “I see people come in [to my office] in the minimalist shoes after they’ve run five miles their first time out in them and want to know why they got stress fracture. It’s like taking a car and putting two different sized wheels on it and then asking why it’s not steering right.” Martinez warns about jumping into new running trends such as minimalist running because they think it will give them a one up on their competitors. “For a lot of triathletes and runners right now, if they hear something will make them faster, they ask how much is it and they put out a credit card.” Instead, do your research and ease your way into minimalist or barefoot running.