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Barefoot jogging:

After two goes, I can say that overall I like it.

Vorteilen und Nachteilen:

  • It is very apparent when I am using the right or wrong part of my feet to run. With shoes it is not so clear
  • The added weight of shoes on my feet makes me tired more quickly - I have more endurance barefoot
  • I am slower to change speed when barefoot
  • I need to pay more attention to the ground when barefoot. My feet are tough enough that I can jog over gravel, provided that nothing touches the arch of my foot. That doesn't mean that it's fun.
  • I have to really watch the arch of my foot (on any surface) when barefoot.
  • My feet feel nice after a barefoot run. My feet feel all cramped and nasty after a shoed run.
Tonight's jog was longer than normal. My lungs used to always be the limiting factor in my jogs, with the first complaint about halfway through. Tonight, they did not complain at all, and the only thing keeping me from extending it even further was my wondering if my lungs would suddenly force me to stop and walk back.

The jog was spent wondering if the continuing education system for doctors is sufficient to keep their medical practice reasonably guided by current research while still having some insulation from studies. I suspect that some insulation is necessary (just as the appointed parts of the judiciary are partly insulated from public opinion and current trends in legal philosophy), but there is the danger of doctors, particularly those in small towns, practicing medicine of the 1960s rather than that of the 1990s. I understand that lawyers, doctors, and teachers all have continuing education requirements. Are there other professional fields like this, and do their systems more-or-less work? Do they all penetrade to more rural areas?

Several years ago, I went to a party (gasp!) mostly attended by international students, and got into a really interesting (friendly) argument with an Iranian about Khatami, Rafsanjani, and Ahmadinejad. It would be interesting to have the chance to continue that discussion given how events have unfolded since. Even back then, I think I only attended the party because someone practically dragged me there. Hmm.


The fact that in the same post you complain about small town doctors practicing medicine from the 60s rather than the 90s in the same post that you practice running from the stone age rather than the 2000s kind of amuses me.

I remember that first year that I played a season of disc barefoot. I developed me a wicked case of plantar fascitis. That's the sort of thing that makes you crawl out of bed in the morning rather than standing up. My suggestion to you is to embrace modern arch support before you give yourself permanent damage. If you were running on grass or sand, I'd advise differently, but you don't mess around with your feet. Just lookin' out for you, bud.
I don't know much about the topic, but I did dig up a reference to the barefoot running trend. I know it's iffy for not-so-knowledgable-people (like myself) to get too involved with trends, but I generally like doing things barefoot anyhow.

I'll see how it goes. I'm already preferring to crawl out of bed most mornings after I run out of tiredness, but at least it's a change from routine.

Best wishes.
In social work/counseling/mental health, some rural areas are on the cutting edge, others aren't. Where I work, isn't, but another rural clinic that is part of my agency is part of a cutting-edge kind of movement.

The psychiatrists at my agency do use new (and expensive!) medications, but I think that would be the case anywhere. I'm not sure how many live in the city and commute, like me.