When I first learned of the Tarahumara people of Mexico and their extreme endurance running; I was amazed. Well nothing has changed; I'm still amazed at their incredibly enduring long distance running. The Tarahumara people have lived generations within a transportation network of narrow footpaths through the high canyons of northern Mexico; Their Rarámuri or "foot runners" can tread 500 miles a week wearing just simple handmade sandals.
So this got me thinking. How would my feet do running without my cushy Nikes? Could I run better? Could my feet handle not being surrounded by running shoe goodnes? Because really, even with expensive running shoes, I still rolled my ankle at least once a run.
Then I decided to try running totally barefoot.
I guess 20 years of fancy foot support had made my feet a little weak. Because the experience was totally alien for my feet.
I ran really slow. Felt heavy. I could feel every pebble under each step (seriously, every. single. pebble).
Running barefoot a couple times was hard and I was about to give up. Those stinky pebbles just hurt too much!
But around the same time I was discovering barefoot running, I found these shoes and decided to give them a try. Well, I love them and I better for all the money I spent on them!
My girls call them my "froggy shoes". My froggy shoes give me enough sole protection to tread over those nasty pebbles without any excessive cushion.
Alright, so I may not be able to run 500 miles a week in sandals but I can run for a while without rolling my ankle with these. Good right?