Most of us don't have the privilege of running on soft grass every day, but there are definite benefits to fitting in a couple miles of barefoot running + strides occasionally. A few of those benefits include:
1. Increased propioception. Your brain makes a better connection to what your body and feet are doing when your feet hit the ground directly.
2. Improved foot strength and stability. Those little stabilizer muscles in your feet and ankles are working HARD when you run and stride barefoot. You may also be able to better pinpoint instabilities and muscular imbalances while barefoot.
3. Form improvement. Increased propioception means more awareness of where your feet are landing during your stride.
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