You may have noticed a new badge lower down on the right hand side of this page. It’s for the Primal Foot Alliance. I recommend it to you, both as an advocacy group for barefooting and as a resource for exploring the movement.
PFA have a nice quote on their home page. It’s from Leonardo da Vinci, and it says “The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.” That says a lot about da Vinci, who was both an artist and an engineer, but it also says a lot about why barefoot running appeals to me so much.
I’ve been running barefoot for almost two years now, and am enthralled by the art and science of it. The science has to do with things like finding proper running form, discovering the right cadence for each run, and working out issues around foot strike and pushoff. The art has to do with how I can lose myself in the magic of running freely and naturally, in full contact with the ground and in tune with the world around me. I’ve become more whole because of barefoot running, and am a better person for it.
There’s another nice quote on the Primal site. It’s a Chinese proverb that says “Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” There are lot of people these days “doing” barefoot running. If you aren’t one of the people already, I hope you’ll give it a try. When you do, bookmark the Primal Foot Alliance site, and refer to it often. There’s a lot of wisdom there.