I have been almost entirely running barefoot or with my Vibrams for a bit now. My form has gotten better and I don't have to think about it as much. It's not automatic yet and I find myself having to make corrections throughout the runs but it is getting there.
Vibram held its first barefoot clinic at City Sports this past Saturday as they unveiled their new shoe, the Bikila. I partied in town the night before then rolled myself out of bed for the early morning clinic. As luck would have it I got to run in the group led by Dr. Daniel Lieberman of the Harvard Human Evolutionary Biology Department, a veritable expert in how the foot works. We headed out into the cold, wet morning and did a few laps around the Public Gardens. I believe I was the only one in the group who actually ran barefoot, everyone else had on Vibrams, and I was particularly happy when Dr. Lieberman called my form perfect. It's the little things in life.
After the run we went back to City Sports where I had the opportunity to talk to Dr. Lieberman directly and learn all about the correct form, how the foot works, and what caused the pain on the top of my foot (it's a tendon, I had been landing way too far forward on my foot and spearing it into the ground). Then there was a Q&A with him, Chris McDougall, author of "Born To Run",