I try to run at least one run each week barefoot on the treadmill. I feel like it helps me be really aware of my form and how my feet are landing. I find it virtually impossible to heel strike while barefoot as it just hurts too much.
My treadmill has kind of a rough belt, plus it gets pretty warm. In fact, the brand I have was deemed “unrunnable” by a barefoot runner who reviewed a bunch of treadmills. I don’t think it’s unrunnable, but around the four mile mark, the balls of my feet start feeling a bit roughed up.
Enter a pair of Adidas socks:
Why these socks? 1. I had them on already. 2. They are cheap. 3. They are black, so wouldn’t show the dirt as much.
I didn’t actually expect to wear them for the whole run. I just wanted to see how they felt. Turns out they feel just fine.
5 miles in 49:45.