When I run, I don’t wear much clothing. Just my tighty whities and an old pair of Umbro shorts. I don’t wear shoes. Why I don’t wear shoes while running is another topic, but by the looks I get, you’d think my man bits were flopping around in the breeze for all to see. People will sometimes let out a faint gasp and point at the freak running by. I’m not naked of course, but I feel exposed and at times uncomfortable with the looks I get.
But this series of blog posts isn’t about running barefoot per se. It’s about the lessons I’ve learned founding and selling two companies as well as my work advising start-ups. Barefoot running happens to be a great analogy to illustrate the secrets I’ve learned. In fact,these tips can be applied to accomplishing any activity, which, like running,requires focus, stamina and skill…that’s pretty much everything.
So what did I learn exposing my feet to hundreds of miles of hot asphalt?
Lesson 1: Feel the street
“But what if a nail or a rock jabs into your foot?” This is the most often asked question I hear about barefoot running. It’s a good question until you actually take off your shoes and experience what the ground really feels like under you. You realize the human foot is perfectly adapted to run this way. Running barefoot utilizes different mussels to tread lightly with each step. Your feet adjust as you run, padding your way and giving you instant feedback about the terrain.