Barefoot running is making fast tracks in the running world. Proponents believe wearing shoes alters the runner’s gait in ways that lead to injury, and the popularity of a new book Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superatheletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen is spurring this craze onward.
The percentage of runners suffering injuries has been climbing lately, in spite of what we think have been improvements to running-shoe design, McDougall asserts. While I agree that ill-fitting footwear can contribute to injuries, many other factors could also explain why runners of any given age seem to be getting more injuries today than in the past.
The REAL Secret to Endurance Running
One of the most important overlooked factors in running is an athlete’s connective tissue strength.
Connective tissue health is vital to fitness and healthy aging, as it forms the backbone of your entire musculoskeletal and circulatory systems, as well as your digestive system and your skin. The subject of connective tissue certainly deserves more coverage than it typically gets in athletic magazines, medical journals, and sports medicine clinics. Look for more posts on this fascinating science in the near future!