to treat myself to dirty feet

to treat myself to dirty feet

Beneath my bare feet, the ground comes alive. Or maybe my feet come alive? There is so much to sense, and to react to and so much to be adjusted accordingly while I walk. The feeling of fresh wind gliding over naked toes is so out of the ordinary; it fills me with childlike wonder and joy each and every time!

There are not many things which are as easy, surprisingly satisfying and healthy as simply taking off those shoes and going barefoot, no? How nice it feels to actually experience the ground. It is like being given a whole new sense. The possibility to walk and run like this is one thing I love summer for; on soft grass, on sun-heated concrete, on slightly wet earth.

Have you tried walking or running barefoot lately, or have you had any sensations that felt all new?
How did you feel?

4 thoughts on “to treat myself to dirty feet”

  1. It is really wondrous how different your feet fell outside of your shoes. And how the sensations change and especially how quick you notice how hard your muscles have to work and how seldom they do in everyday life. I am convinced that every runner should incorporate barefoot running to strenghten her feet and to just enjoy the sensations of it!

    1. Yeah, it feels like the muscles go “w00t, is there work to do? For me? What was it I was supposed to do again? Like this? Ow, not too easy, but I will do it!!” … or something 🙂

      I agree entirely! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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    I’m curious, how did that work for your feet afterwards wear-wise? I mainly mean the ankles and the bones in your feet, was there any hurting?

    I’m wondering because a couple weeks back I ran my usual short Friday distance in preparation for Sunday’s football and the next day the ball of my left foot was quite painful. It didn’t entirely go away until Wednesday or Thursday the following week.

    Apparently that’s because I’ve been running in (very) flat shoes lately, and that’s not recommended. So I wonder how that relates to running barefoot… Though I’m fully aware that our ancestors often ran great distances and they did well without any sort of shoes. (Then again, didn’t their joints start to complain when they hit the age of 40 or so?)

    Second thing, recently I experienced a new pleasant sensation stroking a wet rock (sounds a little weird?). The rock was a small fountain with water gently flowing down from the top over one side, very neat looking AND feeling.

    Perhaps if you wanted to give someone a physical example of the sensation of ‘freshness’, you might lead them to that rock and place their hands in the cool water.

    1. My feet always feel great after some barefoot time! Personally, I love running in flat shoes – 0 mm to me is the greatest fun, although the 6 mm in my salomon sense pro shoes are also nice. I don’t like running in any offset more than that.

      Besides my personal preference, the past years have had this major turn in the running shoe industry that partly shifted from the omnipresent paradigm that running shoes need to be well-cushioned, fat and squishy, especially under the heels, to the paradigm that natural running, in minimalistic or at least less cushioned shoes, is somewhat healthier, helps avoiding injury, or is more natural, or at least more fun. (For completeness, I have to add that another trend is the maximal-cushioning kind of shoe, like Hoka One One, but even those kinds of shoes often have 0 mm or very little offset nowadays). Of course, the calves and muscles in the feet have to be given enough time to adapt from a hibernation-like state in protective shoes all day long to being all-out active working muscles.

      So on the whole, I think those flatter shoes of yours are a great thing! Just give yourself enough time to transition, if flat shoes are a relatively recent incorportation into your sporty life. Though of course if you feel pain like that regularly (and it is not just muscle aches; can be hard to identify in those feet muscles!), you should react. Slower training or switching between more and less cushioned shoes? If pain returns or persists, though, an orthopedist might be an option, too.

      After all, whatever feels good for you and works is a good thing, but flatter shoes definitely have a lot of potential for being a good thing!

      About the wet stone, that sounds magnificent, it was precisely the kind of new-sensation thingie I was thinking about 🙂

      Thanks for sharing it in such vivid imagery!

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