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.
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.