Running is a big part of my life, and I like to consider myself an avid runner. It’s not only great exercise (duh), but it’s also a great way to get out and be alone for a while with your music and your thoughts. Something that I’m getting into lately is running ultra marathons, and I’m doing all of my running in minimalist shoes. While there are a lot of people out there that think that this is a fad, let me set the record straight here.
We (humans) are animals. It’s the way it is. We evolved over the course of time to become a species of runners and MAN are we good at it. In fact, not that many people seem to realize just how good of runners we are. Everyone always looks at the brain of us humans as our only real advantage over other animals– with their powerful jaws and immense speed. But did you know that we actually have a physical advantage over other animals as well? We are, bare none, the most efficient long-distance runners in hot temperatures in the entire world. When the temperatures climb, a human being in good shape can outrun a Siberian Husky and even a deer over the long haul. This is because of many different components of our physiology, but two of the major ones are our ability to sweat and our ability to control our breathing as we run.
Anyway, long story short, we are born to run– every one of us. Since I’ve never seen a baby born with shoes on, I’m fairly certain that we’re born to run without shoes, but this isn’t what we’ve been taught in the west. While you need to be careful if you decide to switch from running in clunky old shoes to minimalist shoes, you’ll be glad you made the switch. I for one have totally eliminated my knee pains thanks to shifting the way I run.
One great way to keep yourself fit while staying eco-conscious is by taking a look at the Brooks Green Silence line of shoes. These are minimalist shoes that are built out of recycled materials throughout, making them one of the most responsible shoes you can buy today.