Last night I was able to go to a minimalist/barefoot seminar held at a local running shop. I got there right when it was supposed to start and I was surprised at how many people there were! It was pretty packed, which was awesome! I got some food, sat down, then looked across the way and saw someone that looked really familiar! I immediately knew who it was and went over to introduce myself! It was none other than Jill from Run With Jill! I was so excited to finally meet her! I moved my stuff to sit by her and we chatted for awhile before the discussion started! She is so nice, like I knew she would be, and I'm hoping to be able to ride with her (and maybe do some barefoot running!) some time this summer! :)
|Jill and me after the discussion|
The panel consisted of:
* Michael Sandler, author of "Barefoot Running"
* Thomas Howell, author of "The complete Idiot's Guide to Barefoot Running"
* Dr. John Hill, Professor CU Sports Medicine, medical director of Leadville 100, ultra marathoner
* Spencer White, director of Saucony Human Performance and Innovation Lab
I'm really glad I was able to go to this discussion. Although I already knew a lot of the information they presented, it was good to hear their insights into the whole barefoot/minimalist movement. Basically, here are the main points that I took away from the discussion:
1. When you first start out, do NOT run any longer than 200yards. GRADUALLY increase your mileage (200yds, 300yds, etc..).
2. If your feet/calves start hurting, STOP and put your normal shoes on to finish your run. LISTENING to your body is key to making the transition work!
3. One thing I found very interesting was about efficiency. It was found that the way your foot lands (heel/mid/forefoot) is not as important for efficiency as you would think. Instead, having a strong CORE which allows you to have a good running form is what really matters for becoming a more efficient runner.
** At one point, Michael had us all stand up and get into the "proper" running position. Basically, you want your shoulders back, arms close to your sides with a 90degree bend in your elbows, chest out and open, arms swinging front to back (not side to side or across your body). In order to assume this position over a long run, you REALLY need to have a strong core.
Overall, it was a great discussion and I'm glad I was able to go! I learned some great things, met Jill, AND I ended up winning a raffle prize!!
I got Michael's book, which I had him sign! Woohoo!!!
Oh, and I got to see the new minimalist shoe from Saucony, the Hattori:
So, do any of you wear minimalist shoes? If so, what is your favorite??