A few things happen when you run barefoot. Most of them are not what you would expect. If done correctly, rather than injuring yourself, your running form will improve which will actually allow you to heal injuries and weak muscles in the body. Rather than being distracted by trying not to step on things, you become more in tune with your surroundings. Finally, even at a fast pace, your mind won’t let you step on anything sharp - as long as you don’t look too far ahead. This to me was the most surprising and important find because of its philosophical implications. I was first introduced to the idea of running barefoot in 2015 at the XY Planning Network’s Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC.