7/6/2016 – no running, nursing blisters, day 2
Some of my neighbors have seen me walking barefooted for weeks along the sidewalk and driveway.
It is what I have been preparing myself for the minimal shoes that I will wear while running and what Dr. Mark Cucucella, Director of Natural Running Center, called Barefoot Therapy.
Surely as a kid I walked barefoot. But it was so long ago. Honestly I couldn’t remember how it felt. So this barefoot therapy has been quite a rediscovery for me. One thing I did not know was that our feet (and ankles) contain*:
- 26 bones (One-quarter of the bones in the human body);
- 33 joints; and
- more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments
These amazing pieces together absorb tons of impact and provide bases for our movement. And barefoot walking helped this learning process to develop naturally without the interference of any man-made devices such as arch support or padded heels.
For me, the barefoot walking sensations is like what Steven Sashen, CEO of Xero Shoes, described as to “feel the world.”
When my toes are liberated from any restraints, they are free to wiggle, breathe, and expand – truly happy feet. With this freedom, I find it hard to go back to some of my footwear that no longer feel comfortable.
And if walking meditation is your practice, I guarantee that barefoot walking will enhance your experience.
Do you remember how it feels to walk barefooted?