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Barefoot Running Craze Dogged by Injuries

Most jump in a little too quickly, say experts

(Newser) - Swept by the barefoot running craze, ultramarathoner Ryan Carter ditched his sneakers for footwear that mimics the experience of striding unshod. Within three weeks of switching over, he was clocking six miles on the road. During a training run with a friend, Carter suddenly stopped, unable to take another step.... More »

Barefoot Runners Take to NYC Marathon

More are going shoeless, though not all podiatrists like the trend

(Newser) - More runners are expected to complete in the New York City marathon barefoot this year than ever before, as the trend in shoeless distance running continues to gain in popularity, the New York Times reports. (They'll still make up a "tiny number" of the total 43,000 participants.)... More »

Sorry, Nike, We Evolved to Run Barefoot: Author

(Newser) - Humans may be built for day-long hunts that could take a pack 100 miles, all without shoes, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. “We didn’t evolve as weight lifters, yoga gurus, or swimmers,” says barefoot runner Christopher McDougall, whose book Born to Run explores the hypothesis. “We evolved... More »

Those Shoes Are Just Killing Your Feet

Experts say barefoot would be better

(Newser) - Walk a mile in my shoes? No way, researchers say—even comfortable shoes warp how we walk and damage our bodies. "With one carelessly designed instrument, our shoes, we have warped the pure anatomical form of human gait," one expert wrote. So Brooklyn scribe Adam Sternbergh walks a... More »

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