It’s not necessary to run completely barefoot to gain the benefits of a “barefoot running style”, and to be honest at this time of year in Ireland you’d be crazy to try. You don’t need to spend money on minimalist running but you can adopt the principles and work on your foot strike, stride length, running cadence, hip(gluteal) strength and hip, ankle and thoracic mobility and flexibility. Changes to running technique should be introduced slowly and progressively to avoid injuries. But if done properly it will improve your times and more importantly your enjoyment of your runs.

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courtesy of naturalrunning.ca

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