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Has real barefoot running changed the shape of my foot?

My instep and or high arches- also make sthe top of my foot quite high, and so I tend not to wear strappy shoes - my baby toes hang out and the straps are too tight across the bridge of my foot.

Well, in essence I have only been running barefoot for a year.  So no, I do not think this has changed my foot shape.

But, I have been stepping around barefoot for many years.  I have a twin brother, who has the same feet as me.  But then he has the same upbringing too….although he does not run.

I referred earlier on to my wide feet and my high arches.  As I have plenty of people asking me if foot shape is applicable.

Well honestly I could not tell you.  I can only tell you about my real barefoot.  Certainly I would say my natural foot shape plays a large part, as I automatically fore foot step into my strides, a major plus in bare foot running.  I also seem to have a very good foot structure and foot placement.

Remember, I have not been running previously for over 30 years, so my feet have not been trained/formed to run in running shoes either.

Additionally I have a vague 30 year old memory of my running coach making us plaster stones to the heels of our feet and prance up and down the track…Honestly cannot tell if that is a nightmare or a real memory…

A note on the photo…this is NOT my foot in a mirror.  This is my two feet together with a clipboard between them..If you look closely you will see a very slight difference in the arches.

About Dale-Lyn

Hi, I am in my mid forties and run barefoot. Mostly really barefoot, sans any form of foot protection. My claim to fame for this blog, is that I have run my first full marathon completely and really barefoot, in a respectable time of 4:16. Scroll through my posts and enjoy them - all with a good sense of humour too. My story is simply my story of running barefoot, brought about by all the various questions people ask me. I am not a specialist of any sort or any particular athlete or doctor or guru. I am an average woman who runs barefoot, enters a few club runs and a few fun runs. I run races from 5km to marathon. I love trail running, and include chats about my trail adventures. To date, although I only started running end of August 2013, I have done nearly 2000km, of that at least 1500km in barefeet. Real barefoot. No minimalist shoes. Although when I do run in shoes I use my zero drop mimimus ones (haha - they are my ONLY pair of running shoes..) The blog tells of my journey through life, on the road, barefoot. The journey my real barefeet go through when they connect with the road. The emotions my real barefeet bring out - in me, in passers by, in fellow runners. The aggressive reactions and debates as to the well being of the real bare-feet I run in. The passive acceptance of my real bare-feet and their exposure to the elements. The humour to show those real bare-feet of mine are not just a piece of running equipment, a statement, a leftie or a rightie, but real flesh and blood feet with real issues. An interesting post note..I commenced my first active run in August 2013 progressing sporadically. But it really was only from May 2014 that I started running on a consistent and slightly more serious note and slightly faster than walking pace. I am scheduled to run my Comrades Marathon in May 2015..that is a massive progression from walk/shuffle er um excuse me look at me run.. to aiming to run a World famous Ultra. Some one pinch me please!


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