Thoughts about Introducing Minimalist Running

Running Times shares this video showing some flexibility tests you can do if you are wondering whether minimalist running is for you.

Some people find this approach fussy and overly complex, but I think it’s attempting to be mindful of the reality that there is a very wide range of starting points. For most people it’s not enough to say, “Try it out, and if it doesn’t work for you, don’t do it.” This is a hard problem. You have a few minutes – how do you account for different strides, levels of experience, levels of confidence, medical history, terrain interests?

Bonus: It does a nice job of saying “this is a long-valued approach” by showing some vintage flats, designed for the Olympics, from before the ascendancy of today’s heavy-soled, built-up-heel “traditional” running shoe.

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