This is an interesting topic that my brother suggested for a blog post. Both my brothers wear Vibram FiveFingers during their workouts and they have both talked to me about the benefits of this “natural” style of running. I first saw a barefoot runner in the Chicago Marathon and I had no idea why anyone would consider running 26.2 miles without shoes on! Especially because I could hear my nurse Mother in my mind saying, “you’ll step on a rusty nail!”.  However, many people choose to run barefoot because it is known to help alleviate chronic injuries that running shoes often create. I thought I might try it as well, so I looked into it. There is a lot of information on this that I cannot write on because I’m not a medical professional. I do know, however, that people with diabetes should shy away from this style running because it may cause further dulled sensations in the feet causing a greater risk of injury. Even though barefoot running has great benefits, if you’re diabetic, it just might not be for you! If anyone knows any benefits that might come from this style of running for Diabetics, please post! Thanks!

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    Kris Fergus is training to run Red White and Blue 26.2 in Findlay, Ohio on October 7th, 2012. Though this is not her first marathon, it is the first race in which she will run after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Training began on Monday, June 18th, and Kris will be keeping a blog to bring you with her on her journey and she will be raising money for Lakewood Hospital during the process.

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