How Abebe Bikila won the Olympic marathon without shoes By Popular Science, Claire Maldarelli
FACT: The winner of the 1960 Olympic marathon did the whole race barefoot
Running shoe technology has come a long way in the last 100 years. Companies have added arch support, ridged soles designed to minimize shin splints, and, most recently, literal carbon-fiber plates sandwiched between an energy-returning ultra-lightweight midsole. All of this research and investment is meant to help athletes run their best races, and while world record times, particularly in the marathon, have come down with the advent of higher-tech shoes, sneakers aren’t everything. Case-in-point: Abebe Bikila and his barefoot Olympic triumph.
Bikila was a last minute addition to the Ethiopian marathon squad at the 1960 Summer Olympic games in Rome....
Minimalist Running?: Runner Beats Half the Field in 5K Race Wearing a Pair of Crocs By Trill
A runner named Benjamin Pachev has managed to run a 5,000m race in Crocs, beating about half the field and coming in 12th place.
Earlier last month, Benjamin Pachev slipped on his pair of Crocs, and successfully finished a 5,000m race with a very respectable 14:47.62 time.
While he didn’t come in the first place, he still managed to outrun half his competitors wearing more traditional running shoes.
This unorthodox choice of footwear in a race has attracted a lot of attention, and it’s not the first time we’ve seen him rocking the Crocs during a race. According to Pachev’s father, the whole family uses Crocs to compete in races, just because – as bizarre as it may sound – they prefer Crocs to normal shoes!
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Be sure to check out this great video of Steven explaining why the health of our feet is so important and how traditional shoes can destroy your foot health, then spread the word to all those you know:
Do your feet feel better at the end of the day than they did at the beginning?
If not, it's because your shoes aren't letting your feet do what's NATURAL.
Your feet are made to bend, flex, move and FEEL the world. One-quarter of the bones and joints in your ENTIRE body are in your feet and ankles; you have more nerve endings in your...