So i have been reading the book"Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall and am learning some interesting things about running. I am unsure if anyone else has read it, but if not, I highly recommend checking it out. One of the area talked about in the book is barefoot running and injuries. Before you go out and spend $100 on another pair of running shoes check this out.
"in 1989 The Journal of Sports Medicine stated that the most common variable among the casualties wasn't the running surface, running speed, weekly mileage, or competitive training motivation. It wasn't even the body weight or history or previous injury: it was the price of the shoe. RUnners in shoes that cost more than $95 were more than twice as likely to get hurt as runners in shoes that cost less than $40. Follow-up studies found similar results, like the 1991 report in Medicine and Science in SPorts and Exercise that found that wearers of expensive running shoes that are promoted as having additional features that protect (more cushioning, pronation correction) are injure significantly more frequently than runners wearing inexpensive shoes (costing less than $40)."
The book advocates barefoot running, or running in 5 finger shoes or what not, and for good reason. Prior to Nike coming up with the running shoes (when they our parents / grandparents wore flimsy, lightweight shoes, there were faster running times with fewer injuries. Runners were running how mother nature intended. There is a tribe in Mexico that runs either barefoot and sandals, over a hundred of miles at a time and do not have injuries. We have become so dependent on running shoes that are legs and feet have become weaker, hence all the achilles, knee injuries, stress fractures shin splints. When you do not run with all of the cushioning you are using different muscles that make your legs and feet stronger. I have never had an injury running until i bought my first pari of shoes that cost more than $45. And when i get back to the United STates, i plan on getting some Vibram Five FInger Shoes, and or something like Nike Free that offer some protection, but are more like how we were meant to read. Look for the book review under the reading forum on here for the review of this book. I feel this is a "Must Read" for anyone who runs at all. Enough rambling. I have more reading to do.