We could look towards the elites, the sports-coaches and the guru’s, but if we want to take barefoot and minimalist running mainstream perhaps we should look to promoting the sport at the Mum’s waiting at the school gates.
During two different types of races I was able to examine how many minimalist runners took part. Would I see more minimalist runners during a road race or a technical trail race? Despite my own expectations, my conclusions were surprising.
When I first visited my local independent running store, I felt uncomfortable as the only minimalist runner in the running club. Nearly two years later, the store has made a commitment to stocking a range of shoes from a manufacturer that only makes minimalist shoes. The growth of independent running stores who are making the change and educating their customers will the be cornerstone of the minimalist running community.
I have struggled to find a way to describe how Caballo Blanco has affected my whole attitude to running. So I did the most honest thing I could think of — I went for a run.
Do we lose more than the sensations coming from the soles of our feet when we put on cushioned shoes? When we take off our heavy shoes, do we in fact, experience so much more than just the gravel under our feet?