It started when I read Born To Run
, Christopher McDougall’s inside look at the Tarahuma, barefoot and ultra running, the shoe industry and his own challenges with injury. If you haven’t read it, you must. Since then, I wondered if I could also ditch my shoes and turn myself into an ultra runner. So I started reading ultra running blogs, minimalist shoe reviews and trail racing calendars. Since first reading Born to Run
in 2011, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve Googled “How to Run Barefoot
” or “Best Minimalist Trail Running Shoe
”. But erring on the side of caution, I kept my shoes on. What if I stepped on something sharp and pointy? What if I fell down? What if my feet got cold?