So... how do you cope with being a barefoot running fanatic, when your significant other is a shod runner? Hmm... I'm still trying to find that answer. After reading Born to Run, and then taking my shoes off for my first barefoot run, I've been hooked. I have been researching it, watching videos about it, and of course... following the BRS! Initially when I started talking about it, my girlfriend (Christine), was very interested. She reserved Born to Run at the library and everything, but then failed to go pick it up. It has been very frustrating for me. Thank goodness for this forum, otherwise I may blow up. She does listen on occasion, but she has not done the research like I have... plus.. she is a shod runner, who is in the middle of training for a half marathon. I'm sure she doesn't really care to listen to me all that intently at this point. She has made the usual comments : "I couldn't do it because my feet are way too sensitive." or "But what if I step on glass?", or has anyone got this one... "Those huarache sandals are hideous!" Christine is the type of person that if she saw barefoot running on Oprah, then she may give it a go, but since it is coming from me, and there are only like 3 people in Des Moines that run barefoot, she tends to not keep an open mind. For the most part, she is very open to me doing whatever I want to do, but sometimes I just wish she was on board. I'm just waiting for the day that she gets shin splints again. How bad is that?! She probably wouldn't even tell me. If there is anyone else out there dealing with something similar, whether with a significant other, or even another family member or friend, please share.