September 15, 2009 I took my first barefoot 1/2 mile run around my neighborhood block and knew instantly the transition was a done deal. (I also quit smoking cigarettes on this day as well). I wish I had some magical, mystical reason why I wanted to run barefoot but i don’t have one. It was just something different to try.
I was a shod runner for 18 years. My case was not about getting injuries from shoes, though some knee pain was evident at times, it was more about getting frustrated with running shoes. Always trying to find the right shoe and fit, the over dramatic designs, the high cost, the massive cushioning just wasn’t doing it for me anymore. I started doing some research online about getting more minimal in footwear, where upon I stumbled across some information about barefoot running which was enough to peak my interest and went for it. I was about a month into barefoot running when I saw the book book “Born to Run” at my local library and checked it out. I loved the book and it just added more fuel to the fire to embrace this barefoot running adventure I was on. From there I just submerged myself into researching everything about barefoot running and the rest is history.