Going Barefoot Presentation

This evening, I am doing a presentation at school all about going barefoot. This post provides links to resources I will use in the talk, and a few more that might be of interest. If you are thinking about going barefoot, I thoroughly recommend taking it slowly and reading/watching the media in this post, but also pursuing your own search for other advice by barefooters much more experienced than I am.

Feeling Nervous

The first I ever knew about running barefoot was when I saw a young Zola Budd compete at international level. Nearly thirty years later, I ran without shoes. The article this image is taken from is an interesting read from 2010 in the Daily Mail, ‘Why barefoot running is better for your body‘.

My Feet

Websites

The foot on wikipedia:

The human foot and ankle is a strong and complex mechanical structure containing 26 bones, 33 joints (20 of which are actively articulated), and more than a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

The Barefoot Runners Society Facebook group

Harvard University Skeletal Biology Lab

Thinking about a transition to barefoot running, YouTube search

Books

Barefoot Running: Safe Transitioning and Healthy Biomechanics by Jae Gruenke

Born To Run by Chris McDougall and it’s website

The Cool Impossible by Eric Orton and his website

Barefoot Running Step By Step by Ken Bob Saxton and his website

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

A Simple Guide to the Forefoot Step – Natural Walking by Dirk Beckman

Videos

The Barefoot Professor, Daniel Lieberman, Harvard University

Foot dissection on BBC

Barefoot running guide

Ken Bob Saxton on being barefoot and broken glass

Blog posts

My post about why I run barefoot

Why I ditched my running shoes by Mark Boustead

Gait 101: learning to run more naturally by Dr Phil Maffetone

Principles of Natural Running with Dr. Mark Cucuzzella

My post from the earlier days about minimalist footwear

Police horses go barefoot in the USA

 

Going Barefoot Presentation

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