Rocking Chair Decisions
I heard a speaker at a conference (I don't think it was running related) talk about life choices and the "Rocking Chair Decisions" he had made for his life, family, etc. He continued to relate how these were decisions that he would smile and feel good about as he lazily spent his retirement years rocking back and forth in peaceful bliss. I got to thinking about barefoot running and how glad I was to have "run" across Ken's site a couple of years ago. For me, when I decided to run exclusively barefoot, was one of the biggest RC decisions I have ever made. Ironically, I have a feeling that I won't be the one reflecting from my rocking chair on the choice to run barefoot, but I believe many others who cannot or will not give up their running shoes will be the ones consigned to a sedentary, rocking chair retirement.
Learning to run barefoot, for me, was not the easiest thing I have ever done. If barefoot running was easy, I believe everyone would be doing it. However, most people associate something that might be hard in the beginning as something "bad". Most runners will continue to take the "easier, softer way" which, in the long run (pun intended) they will find it is the way of chronic knee, leg, and back injury. There are so many people that I talk to who were once runners and wish they could still run. It's kind of like talking to a recovering alcoholic who knows he has lost the privilege to drink because of his abuse and thinks back to the day when once drinking was still fun.
That's why I mention on the main page of www.barefootrunner.org that I am a "grateful recovering shod runner". I know that without finding www.runningbarefoot.org and people like you, that I would still be in denial and running from one injury to another. My rocking chair decision for today is to make decisions that will not put me in a rocking chair someday, but will give me longevity at my life hobby for years to come.
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