iPod? Check. Water bottle? Check. Shoes? Leave them at home. Michael Sandler, the author of "Barefoot Running: How To Run Light And Free By Getting In Touch With The Earth" is in town tonight holding a presentation at Fleet Feet Sacramento on the ins and outs of losing the shoes.
It's strange at first, but it does make sense.
"When you're fully barefoot, you're running 'awarefoot' - you have more nerve endings on the bottom of your feet than anywhere else on the human body," said Sandler "the first time you hit your heel into the ground, it hurts...and what you quickly do is shift forward onto the forefoot - which is the springy part of the foot - and you run extra light."
Those interested in "running bare" need to start slow, with 200 yards on the first day, and an additional 100 yards every day after that.
"Sounds ridiculously slow, but that's a 10K in only 3 months fully barefoot, and it's a full marathon in just over a year," said Sandler.
Sandler's presentation will be at Fleet Feet Sacramento tonight at 7PM. For some tips and tricks and a lesson on proper barefoot form, see the videos below or visit RunBare.com.