Math + Running

I found this via free tech for teachers. What a lovely combination of math and science working together to demonstrate something rather non-obvious: learning to run without shoes helps reduce the impact of running on your body. The one thing they didn’t show was what someone that learned to run without shoes looked like running in shoes. Would it be even smoother?


  1. If I take away anything from this post it would be this; when I run, consciously try to remember to strike front of foot first. The newer, “minimal” running shoes help (the older, heel-heavy shoes hinder). I have friends who where no shoes when they run but I can’t handle that.

  2. Yeah, I’m not sure I could run barefoot even if I knew it was supposed to be better for me. Today I was envisioning heelless running shoes as a way to give runners the extra reminder to run on there forefoot.

  3. My finance Jill runs in the Vibram shoes. They have individual spaces for each toe, but more to this topic, they have no real padding on the heel. Without the padding, that shockwave starts to hurt very quickly and you just naturally adjust to run on your toes. It makes running a much more intense workout on your calves, but she also went from constant shin splints to none just from changing her shoes.

  4. I love the individual toes idea even more than the heelless idea. Of course, I ‘m not a runner. It’s just the cache for me :)

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