Barefoot Running News: Another Guide, Runner of the Year, Barefoot Running Debate

We have some interesting stories for this week. Did you know that another book for those who want to switch to barefoot or minimalist running is coming out in 2011? Did you hear about the Times Girls Runner of the Year? And of course, the debate about running barefoot is still on the rise due to its growing popularity.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Barefoot Running

The Complete Idiot’s Guide is going to release a new title in 2011 that would help people to transition to minimal footwear or barefoot running. This guide will reveal the stages of the transition as well as provide an outline about the benefits of going barefoot, what’s wrong with the traditional shoes and how one can prepare his/her body for the change ahead.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Barefoot Running will also share with readers how to choose footwear, how to run and navigate trails in all seasons, and how to race more proficiently and naturally. Authored by running coach Thomas Hollowell and barefoot running pioneer Dr. Craig Richards, this guide is bound to be quite helpful to those who are just starting out and those who are still in the lookout for more great information.

View the press release: Barefoot Running Book Saves Soles.

The Times Girls Runner of the Year

It may have come as a surprise to junior Hannah Oneda herself for having won 8 out of 10 races on the county‚Äôs girls cross country but she certainly wowed WM coach Kelly Gruber. What’s more interesting about her races is her shoes!

Instead of wearing her usual cross-trainers, Oneda had slipped on a pair of Vibram FiveFingers. She was prompted to wear these shoes due to the pain in her arches while she was in her sophomore year.

Want to know more about her journey? Girls Runner of the Year: WM’s Oneda puts best feet forward

Debate, Debate

There are always two sides to a story. This is also true for barefoot running. Although there have been reports about the great benefits of running as nature has intended us to, there are still experts who say that going barefoot or minimal can pose some risks for the newbie or even average runners.

Read more about the debate here The Barefoot Running Debate Continues.

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