Minimalist running

I am not an apologist or a poster boy for the minimalist running movement. I do believe that it is the best way to run, and that the modern running shoe is over engineered and the benefits over stated. I also believe that it is not for everyone and that modern running shoes work for a lot of people. We are all different. I had a lot of varying injuries for the first three years that I ran. I tried everything I could to overcome my recurring problems. One day I noticed a photo of my father running the Comrades Marathon in South Africa in 1980. He was wearing a pretty basic shoe. It got me thinking that I couldn't remember him ever being injured. I thought about how we rarely wore shoes as kids. I began to research barefoot running. Around this time the cult book Born to Run by Chris McDougall came out. Encouraged I bought a cheap pair of aqua shoes to run in. It felt good, I felt the shift in running form from heel striking to a forefoot landing. I felt free and light and my body moved in a different way. More importantly my injuries drained away. I am now years into this experiment and I am virtually injury free. I say virtually because it is not a cure all and I still get aches and niggles. I love the incredible strength I've developed in my feet, how my arches have improved and my balance too. I feel that I have a long way to go and that I am still learning.
Now days I run in Vibram Five Fingers, in the rain, mud, snow and in the dry. They are not the only minimal shoe option in the minimal running scene, it is a sub culture that is exploding at the moment.