Barefoot running remains a hot topic, and with any hot topic comes strong opinion — often ill-founded. One of the greatest claims of the barefoot running revolution has been that running barefoot reduces injury risk for distance runners. I must admit, I sit very firmly on the fence here. I came to barefoot running with long term plantar fasciitis and also tendency to suffer with runners knee (patellofemoral
For a start, it’s not just runners, but us runners do have an acute awareness of when our hamstrings feel tight. And, it can be a strange and frustrating problem. It might just be a slight feeling of tightness or stiffness, or it can be more apparent and significantly effect our running action. In some this can considerably slow us down, make most runs uncomfortable and heighten the risks
This is a great article and set of barefoot running shoe videos from Planet Fear and offers sound advice for anyone interested in how to start running barefoot. It’s really worth checking our before jumping straight in and becoming injured. Also, good review of the Inov-8 Baregrip 200.
In another article about the Snowdon Mountain Race and Inov-8 F-lite I’d mentioned a strange fitness affliction. Many runners — and others who train their bodies — report abnormal heart beats or
Runners frequently encounter calf injuries, and they often seem to appear without any rhyme or reason.
One runner I know who does a lot of mountain races succumbed to a calf injury whilst out jogging an easy run on the flat.
Calf injuries often appear without warning, but they can also disappear just as mysteriously.
A couple of years back I suffered a painful calf that literally stopped me
Plantar fasciitis is certainly one of the most common running injuries. According to research carried out by the Sports Medicine Centre, University of British Columbia, it is 3rd on the list after runners’ knee and ITB (iliotibial band) friction syndrome. Not only is it very common,