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Weather and rough terrain are two reasons to wrap when running.
Throughout the majority of human history, runners have typically run barefoot or with a light foot covering such as sandals or moccasins, according to Harvard researchers. While science suggests there are benefits to throwing out your running shoes, there is also a case for protecting your feet, especially in cold weather and on ground where your feet are likely to get cut.
The first thing an aspiring barefoot runner needs to do is toughen up the soles of the feet. Walk barefoot whenever you can, indoors and outside. Choose softer outdoor surfaces to begin with, such as grass and sand, until the skin thickens and your muscles and joints adjust to walking without shoes. Harvard researchers recommend building up slowly and allowing yourself a few months to make a complete changeover from shoes to bare feet; wrapping or using minimalist shoes can help you make the transition.
Tape Them Up
If you're running on a surface that is extremely cold or hot, or where the terrain is so rough you're likely to suffer cuts, you could wrap your feet with duct tape. Alternatively, you could use elastic sports tape that is designed to support muscles, ligaments and tendons. To support your arches and heels, you need two pieces of tape, says FootGuru.com. Stretch one piece of elastic tape along the sole of the foot, starting just beneath the toes, and pull it over the Achille's tendon. Then take another piece of tape and, starting just above the ankle bone, stretch it beneath your heel and finish above the ankle bone on the other side. You can also tape around the foot to support the instep and protect the ball of the foot.
According to Harvard, wearing minimal shoes is a viable alternative to taping. These shoes mimic the bare foot and can play a part in helping you make the transition from wearing shoes to going completely barefoot. Harvard says they will prevent injury while you learn how to implement the forefoot strike technique. There are a number of brands and styles available -- look for ones that have no built-up heel and a flexible sole that has no arch support.
First Aid Kit
Barefoot running aficionado, Rick Morris, suggests you put a pair of shoes in your backpack, in case you either cut your foot or break a toe. As he points out, you may need to walk home and shoes will make that more comfortable. Also bring athletic tape, bandages, antiseptic ointment, cleaning wipes and an elastic bandage in case you get a sprain. He also suggests including some pain relief and anti-inflammatories in your kit.