|Great shoes for rowing, by the way.|
My point is: I am back in my Merrells (I discarded the others prior to the move.) I had been thinking that I needed to lose some weight before I ran in them again. However, I tried them on a short run during the summer and I felt fine. I do not run in them all the time right now, but I am doing most short runs and speed work in them.
As an older runner, i.e. over 40, I need to protect my feet and ankles as they account for about 50% of all injuries in runners over 40 or so. I also have an annoying on-again-off-again case of what I believe to be posterior tibialis tendinopathy (sore foot in simple terms) that I need to manage. To do this I have been doing work in the agility ladder (also good for the hip musculature which will help protect the knee) and I do a lot of strength workouts, including some plyometrics, barefoot (in my living room).
Result: my feet are feeling good in the Merrells and I think I am faster in them. Bonus! Also, I think I may be tripping less often. So, when the barefoot running craze comes back around, be sure to strengthen your feet first.
|This is what I run in now, most of the time.|