Previously considered by many as an "extreme sport", barefoot running (BFR) is now becoming recognized as a more healthful alternative to shod running. Many "joggers" are surprised to learn that BFR is both accessible to the non-elite and enjoyable by the non-masochist!
Commonly asked questions about BFR:
Q: Why would I want to run barefoot?
A: Because you will learn to stop "jogging" (bouncing up & down) and start RUNNING, the smooth gait evolution has designed your body for, mile after injury-free mile.
Q: Will BFR make me a faster runner?
A: You will run slower at first but as proper technique is learned speed will return. BFR's main contribution to speed is keeping you uninjured and running and therefore in high aerobic fitness.
Q: Are "minimalist" shoes such as Vibram Five Fingers an acceptable alternative to BFR?
A: No, not for beginners. The tactile and proprioceptic feedback from your bare soles is critical for the rapid learning of proper movement and muscle memory. VFFs and their ilk are very likely to lead to injury with beginners. After ~six months of true BFR, judicial use of minimalist footwear may be indicated on extreme terrain or in very low temperatures.
Q: What's this Barefoot Running Clinic going to cost me?
A: Nothing. The cost is zero. I will never try to sell you anything.
Q: Then why are you doing this?
A: My running life has been so transformed by BFR I simply wish to share the joy with as many people as possible. That's it. No other motives.
Q: Are you a running coach?
A: Not by any stretch of the imagination. I have never coached any runners, not even one.
Q: Then what makes you an expert?
A: I have been running almost exclusively BF for more than eleven years, summer and winter. To my knowledge, I have the longest BFR career of anyone in the Chicagoland area.