This grassy area was the first thing I went to after the Walk Of Glass. I stood there for about ten minutes just wiggling my toes around. It was the best feeling- springy coolness on a hot July day.
It was like standing on a cool moist sponge of natur-ey goodness. Ice cream for the feet.
Ahh, the post walk pic- look at those sexy Used-For-What-They-Were-Intended-For feet!
When I started researching running I came across a lot of information about pronation, supination, stride and shoes. LOTS about shoes. All kinds of them- stabilizers, grippers, track, distance, cross-trainers…
Something inside me rebelled at the thought that something was inherently wrong with how God made me. We were given feet- powerful and beautiful feet. So why was I looking at them like they were the bastard child of my body? I don’t wear gloves to ‘correct’ my finger grip or rotation of the wrist do I?
So what made feet different?
That kind of thinking lead me to barefooting. I started minimalist and am transitioning into barefooting. I found that I wasn’t the only one, even ‘real’ athletes agree, who thought that nothing was inherently wrong with my feet- just that I wasn’t using them correctly. I had babied them, thinking they were ‘weak’ and couldn’t be trusted outside of a pair of 150 dollar shoes.
Turns out, those shoes are why my feet are so weak in the first place.
It’s been about a week of walking minimal/barefoot and my ankles are stronger than I ever thought they would be. I’ve always had weak ankles and I thought that I had to shore them up with braces and the like. Turns out they’re weak because I never used them.
Common sense. Where have you been all my life?