Fastest Barefoot Runner in America: Jeremy Johnson

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    Fastest Barefoot Runner in America: Jeremy Johnson
    Shared with permission from the Natural Running Center
    Jeremy Johnson, a three-time All-American and two-time USA national XC team member, received his Masters of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2007 and 2008, he was University of New Mexico’s Male Track and
 Field Athlete of the Year. His PRs are impressive: 13:35.13 for 5,000m (2010); 28:33.08 for 10,000m (2008). Academically, his post-graduate research involved computational fluid mechanics. Perhaps that kind of deep-thought immersion in the world of empirical testing and observations led him to finally question the nature of running shoes. In other words, are they really necessary for all runners, or all the time? Eventually, Johnson thought not. His personal story in his own words is a fascinating read— NRC

    To read this amazing barefoot story, please visit: http://naturalrunningcenter.com/2012/07/06/faster-barefoot-runner-america-jeremy-johnson/
     
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    Awesome! Thanks for bringing this to our attention, TJ. And thank you Jeremy (aren't you glad they didn't name you Jeremiah?) Johnson for the insights and thoughts, you're really an inspiration :)
     

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    Great story - doesn't seem like he transitioned at all, must be a natural.
     
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    Great story. I'd love to see him run. I suspect the transition was a relief for him. Runing in racing flats that didn't fit was challenging. He didn't say if he ran faster BF, but he certainly enjoyed it more.

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    13:35 5k bf!?! Thats what I'm talking about!

    Literally, I mean, I'm going to tell my running buddies at work.
     
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    I think you have to ask yourself what the 'transition' is for.... us mere mortals, usually have a pretty dodgy form, havent developed enough strength to run on the midfoot for any distance, and probably start off with under developed feet. However Jeremy was a pretty dang quick runner to begin with, with years of track work in spikes (otherwise known as the original minimal shoes), and probably a good number of miles barefoot during warmups or cooldowns under his belt. Most of what we need to build up during a transition, he allready had.
     
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    I have always thought the same about soccer players. The modern boots they train in all day are zero drop and minimal to say the least. Most of them have perfect form when pattering around between explosive bursts during a match. Most have been doing this since their early teens.
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    Yeah I think transition would vary from person to person. I mean its not impossible to run in shoes and still have good form and whatnot. So its quite possible he had a forefoot landing already and strong feet and calves and all, but still I think the skin would have to toughen up! I suppose if he was bare at home a lot perhaps?
     
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    Are his times before or after he started running barefoot? When I was in high school during cross country, I decided to do a warm up barefoot and my coach about freaked out. Also, at that time at least, the rule was that you had to wear shoes during the races for cross and track, too.
     

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