I went jogging this past weekend with the extreme minimalist.
He’s been exercising regularly over the past month. He’s actually lost a considerable amount of weight lately, which probably has nothing to do with his new diet.
By now I should really know not to be surprised by any of his newly-acquired eccentricities, but I still did a Danny Thomas spit-take after we met up on the trail and I saw that he wasn’t wearing shoes.
At first I figured I should probably just ignore it. Questioning him about such things only seems to encourage this type of behavior.
Twenty minutes into the run I saw him charge right through some dog shit someone had inconsiderately failed to remove from the trail. I figured this might be a good opportunity to gently remind him of the obvious benefits of footwear. I should have followed my initial instinct, as he began to lecture me on the issue.
- I learned that Abebe Bikila and Tegla Loroupe set world marathon records without barefoot, so you obviously don’t need expensive sport shoes to be a good runner.
- I learned that wearing shoes contributes to weakening of the feet.
- I learned that I’m complicit in Chinese human rights violations by purchasing shoes made there.
- I learned the I can find out more about going barefoot by visiting the site of the Society for Barefoot Living
After a few minutes I realized he hasn’t just stopped wearing shoes while exercising. He stopped wearing shoes entirely.
I’m worried this might be progressive and he’s going to slowly become a nudist one article of clothing at a time.