This is a summary on my travel and interest to barefoot living.
Running barefoot – I should maybe wrote “running”, because I’m not very keen on running at all… more like average Joe, who runs in a while – then it might go long time not to run at all – couch-potato? Oh, no – not at all. I train every single day and keep me fit – but purely running has never been the major thing to me.
Running barefoot – or generally barefooting (including using minimalistic footwear) – has been a huge interest to me last couple of years – so, do I feel myself quite a rookie on this area, oh no, no at all…
It’s time to take little flashback to my journey with barefooting.
First Steps…baby steps
… As physiotherapist since 1996 I have had a big interest on feet – the major base – actually two bases: right and left foot - which carry us and secure contact to the ground (most of the time… hopefully).
At school, I took extra courses about the feet – and interest has been there since that time – more or less latent during my career
Darkness or at least little bit shady…
The interest to shoes increased a new amounts in 2005. I was in one seminar and saw MBT-shoes at the first time – LOL, that looked like strange… I got the chance to try these shoes – I was feeling like a seasick, but somehow it felt good in the funny way – when I put my regular shoes on my feet again – I felt like a go on concrete barefoot!!! And it hurt like a… This was not right – how come these rare shoes could feel so good to have on my feet … I started to sell MBT-shoes and used those daily coming four years.
Couple of years later I invested in Footbalance machine to make insoles – to tune up shoes individual. Luckily insoles were/is functional (what ever that mean). It should not inhabit movement to feet and allow activity with muscles… actually – good alter to those who use regular shoes .
After I have often thought my choices:
* MBT-shoes should remind us to go barefoot? Why use them – just take them off and go bare foot!
* Footbalance insoles: What is normal foot ? what’s not, when and why not let the nature form our feet? – do we really need insoles?
See the light...
The biggest thing happened in the Summer 2009, when a friend of mine was visiting me. He had Feelmax Panka shoes – and I tried those! Oh, my holy cow – what a hack of the shoe this was. My training with CST (Circular Strength Training) needs a lot of free movements on my feet – every single shoe I had tried was on my way – and when I tried train outdoors barefoot – I had to concentrate all feelings from my feet and couldn’t keep the focus on training. But Feelmax Panka allowed me to train without inhibition! I got my pair of Panka same Summer (and actually I’m still using that same pair of the Feelmax Panka)…That was a huge turning point on my life… Autumn 2009 I did 8 hours hike on the mountains (1500 m over sea level) with my Panka – and that experience reinforced my believe to barefooting/minimal footwear.
“IT HAS TO BE MORE NATURAL NOT TO USE SHOES THAN USE SHOES!!!”
I started to surf on net and found out more about barefooting – commented on forums around the world and here in Norway. At Spring 2010 I was with a seminar here in Norway as “barefooter” – lot’s of media writing about me and my journey – my plan was to “spring totally barefoot in Summer 2010″… how I have manage that?
Well, changes happens not so fast – I run with my Panka and Osma (which shoe I’m also using at my Floorball training).. and couple of tours totally barefoot – Okay, Panka has 1 mm sole, but the difference to take off that 1 mm was huge!!! I managed to ran on concrete 2 km (1,25 miles)… when normally running 10 km (6,25) with Panka was no problem at all!
I feel that barefoot running has something right – actually a lot of right. Here in Norway we have four seasons and in the Winter time I have used Feelmax Kuuva (nowadays retired) and VivoBarefoot Aqua and VFF Bikila (review on writingdesk)…
My interest has been bigger and I have found more good information and made new friends like Dr.James Stoxen and his Human Spring Approach and Barefoot Ken Bob Saxton for a mention someone.
Luckily weather has been better and now it’s easily to go barefoot. Our culture don’t accept to go barefoot everywhere and that’s why I’m using minimalistic footwear (when it’s needed). Lately I have not run at all – trained a lot with kettlebells, clubbells and my own bodyweight, but I feel like start to run a bit more – good motivation is the newest book I got on a while a go: Barefoot Running Step by Step by Barefoot Ken Bob Saxton… maybe this is the next big step what I need to be more barefooter?