meindzai wrote: Two books that really made me think about running in a different way were "Chi Running" (which is a style of running modeled after Tai Chi) And more recently "Born to Run." A book about a tribe of indigenous people in Mexico (The Tarahumara) who run hundred or more mile races with minimal or no footwear. The problem with the way people run today is that our shoes block off all the sensory input to our feet, and we have learned to run in a mindless and distracted way. (Always with headphones of course, with distracting music to block out the pain of running, which is actually caused by the expensive shoes).
So I am switching to running barefoot (on the treadmill) and when spring comes around (or I move to Florida!) I will be out in my Haurache sandals - just a little bit of material between me and the ground - and no headphones.
There has been a bit of a story lately (Time magazine? New Scientist?) about an important but previously unnoticed difference between the African long-distance runners and the Westerners. It seems that the Africans have always landed on their toes while Westerners land on their heels. Landing on your toe, you have a shock absorber; landing on your bare heel, you send a jolt all the way up your pine every step; landing on your heel wearing running shoes, their heels have have do the job of absorbing the shock and they don't do it very well.
That's the gist, anyway, as far as I remember it. You might like to look into it.