Hi Andy, I'm not a runner, but have been looking into it. Everyone else in my family runs wife and three kid now into teens plus. I have spent this summer going bare foot, first time in my life I have had tan feet. My goal is to run bare foot. The idea is short quick cadence, not a long stride which can enable a heal strike, something to avoid with out shoes. Stride is very important. Long term barefoot runners warn to take it slow when getting started, but once up and going it is bliss.
My gardening is changing too, going from tilling to no till with heavy mulch.
I swam today, open water with a group of friends, about half an hour, it was a great finish to the day after picking blueberries all day. Lake is cooling off, going to be back in the pool in another month.