Running is your best medicine, and your feet are your best shoes.
In other words, barefoot running is the smart way to achieve a healthy mind in a healthy body: Mens sana in corpore sano.
The book: Barefoot Running for Human Survival
Le livre : Courir pieds nus pour la sauver les humains
After the easing of the 8-week lockdown that we had gone through in France because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I ran 15 marathons and one ultramarathon (60 km) in less than five weeks (May 11—June 9, 2020). Then I did the 90 km of the Race the Comrades Legends on June 14 in SQY Recreation Park, France, placing second in my age category, and I ran within the next six days, on June 15, 18 and 20, three more marathons. All the races are documented by my Garmin GPS watch. The purpose was to show that long-distance running is meant to be one of the utmost pleasant activities for humans, and therefore a pain, injury and fatigue-free experience. The big challenge for today’s humans is to understand that, forget the inefficient and lazy quick fixes, and start enjoying the privilege of running like our ancestors, i.e. barefoot or with minimal protection, when the temperatures or the nature of the ground so require. As I explain in my book: Running Barefoot for Human Survival, running is your best medicine, and your feet are your best shoes. The icing on the cake: barefoot running is the smart way to achieve a healthy mind in a healthy body (Mens sana in corpore sano).