Came across this great article by Barefoot Ted (or someone who looks like him).
The capstone important bits? Don’t go barefoot as a cure-all for injury and magic time improvement. It doesn’t work. I’ve been running with five fingers for a while now, and I’m still pretty darn slow, and while I do think that eventually I will get faster, it will take more than just running minimalist.
When you run minimalist or barefoot you have to focus on the trail or road, your stride, foot placement, and elevation changes. It’s relaxing in a way, and it helps let go of other things that are on your mind while you run. It is not easy or immediate. But perhaps worthwhile for you if you are ready to slow down.
Remember, run gently out there.