There is a lot of talk about barefoot running, where the purpose would be to get connected to Nature again. But you probably don’t want run barefoot in the forest, or even with five finger-shoes. It seems to be an all-asphalt phenomena, and what’s the “nature” in that? I have been running barefoot on the smooth rocks on the beautiful islands of the archipelago outside my hometown Göteborg, but I still prefer running shoes for that, cause I don’t like cutting my feet.
However I’m very fond of lightweight trail running shoes, like the Inov-8 212 x-tallon (230g). A lightweight shoe like this will help you “float”, reducing resistance. But my point is: that the most of the resistance is in your head – not your feet! Therefore I want to use the term “barefoot thinking”, or “barefoot attitude” – a consciousness without a lot of “cushioning” like thinking patterns, judgemental tendencies or any other desire than being. Running. In the Now. The thin sole of a racing flat or super lightweight trail shoe will protect against sharp egdes but not lobotomize your running sensation.
If you let your mind become light as a racing flat, making your presence stripped down to the essentials: the Now. Leave your mental luggage at home and run light. Your mental luggage is only real in your mind anyway, directing you to behave as you use to. But you don’t need that. You need an open mind, with space for new sensations, space for Now.
Don’t worry so much about the shoes! Actually, don’t worry! Flatten your forehead by letting go of any resistance. Any resistance what so ever. Just accept: what you see, what you feel, what you think. And let it pass. Let it drop! Just like the trees on your run. Like the pebbles under your feet. Like the air you just passed. Like the breaths you just breathed. Be the wind instead. Or just Be! Nothing else. And run, without aiming, without any “shoulds” or “musts”!