Mini Podcast – Barefoot Running 003: Gloves

Take a listen or read a little first.

Bare Feet Provide Information And Allow Easier Movement

Just a quick thought I’ve pictured in my head, but had never put down before. Putting shoes on your feet – which are amazingly great information receptors – is like putting gloves on your hands. Sure there are times that it is appropriate: if your are playing hockey or lacrosse, you protect your hands in a way that prioritizes protection from blunt force trauma over precise sensitivity. However, when you need your hands to do something precise like threading a needle you need the sensitivity for reception as well as for performing actions with fine control.

Am I threading needles with my bare feet when I run?

Of course not. But when I go for a run, I am also not in much danger of getting my feet rolled over or banged up. (People somehow picture this being a possibility, but those things would hurt WITH running shoes on, and shod runners don’t worry about it either.)

Acrobats Don’t Wear Gloves When They Walk On Their Hands

The point is that, when I run, I am somewhere in the middle. Picture someone who has the ability to get into a handstand and walk on their hands. She would opt to forego gloves because she needs her sensitive receptors for input as well as the ability to control all of the muscles, joints, and bones to help her keep their balance. She uses her arms, shoulders, and core to do all of the heavy lifting, but if you put her in gloves that constrained her hands from splaying out correctly, feeling the ground beneath her, and even shifted the weight off of the palm of her hand with high-tech fan and air bubbles, you would be making it harder for her.

Podcast – Barefoot Running 002 – Running Form

barefoot runner sole

A second installment as I gather my thoughts around being a barefoot runner. Previously, I provided my perspective on “does running barefoot hurt?“In this audio post I discuss a mindset about running that seemed like a revelation to me during a run. It revolves around a holistic look of the mechanics of running. With sports, it is easy to think about bearing down and running in a way that is more appropriate to propelling your body through a wall –  pushing your feet into the ground in order to have leverage. As I had found to enjoy running in a more leisurely way, I now view running being more like the act of ‘continuing to lift your feet off the ground,’ – more like walking in place for a few steps, then leaning your hips forward. Too much thinking about mechanics? Perhaps. But I think it seems pretty logical that, in the long run, there will be less were and tear on my knees, calves, ankles, and feet.

Podcast – Barefoot Running 001 – Does it hurt to run barefoot?

I really enjoy running barefoot. In fact, for me, I believe it to be the correct way to run. When others see me running or find out that I run barefoot, the most common questions I get are something along the lines of ‘doesn’t that hurt?!’

In this mini podcast, I discuss a couple of points. None of them have to do with me being a masochist or condescendingly brushing the question aside.

What’s in a name?

not the greatest domain name in the world, I admit. But the thing is – I’ve ‘owned’ this name for as long as I can remember.

‘jakesimon(dot)com’ was taken as of this writing. Perhaps I will look into buying that, but you know how it goes…I use my domain buying site,, it says the domain name is already taken. BUT do I want to make an offer? I say yes, it says ‘you need to offer a minimum of $199 for us to help you,’ I say ‘peace out.’

no biggie.

jakers19 is appropriate. it is my email, I used it for FB, twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and any number of digital profiles that have or haven’t stood the test of time.

I’ve even had friends refer to me as “jakers 1 9” irl! I dig it