We may become barefoot running nuns yet! My Vibram Fivefingers are on their way, and next week I hope to start short outdoor walks in them. Meanwhile I have been doing indoor walking barefoot, some days up to three miles in one workout. So, I am on my way to being a barefoot “walking nun.” My plan is to be used to barefoot already as I ease back into running over the next several months. (I am still waiting for the doc’s approval to start running again, but he was very enthusiastic about my barefoot hiking plan.)
Sister Maximilan is also interested. Since she runs eight miles a day right now (she runs two groups of kids, 4 miles each group) barefoot will be a slow, careful transition for her. She’s waiting for my reports on the Vibram Fivefingers before she makes her decision.
To learn more about barefoot running I have embedded Bordon Pirie’s book at the bottom of this blog. The book apparently never went to print, but I have found it to be highly recommended to understand how the body was made to run. Unfortunately I have not had time yet to read it myself, but I will definitely post on it when I have read it.
The link to the book is here.