Yesterday, two other runners in Riverfront Park thought it was funny that I was wearing gloves while running barefoot. I have to admit I didn't really need the gloves once I warmed up after the first mile or so but I had no place to put them so I kept them on.
I've been working on the exercise and technique Christopher McDougall wrote about in the New York Times last week. It's anecdotal evidence on my part so far but I've certainly noticed an improved level of comfort while running, especially on the soles of my feet. Time will tell if it helps me with speed. I'll put it to the test on Bloomsday and see if or how much I improve my finish time.