I’ve been intrigued by minimalist running for a while, but after reading rave reviews from Ashley @ The Edible Perspective about her Vibrams, I was ready to give them a try. I got the Pink Vibram FiveFinger Sprints!
I walked around in them all afternoon on Saturday (and got some very confused looks). And I was surprised how comfortable they are without any cusion. They do kind of rub between my 2nd and 3rd toe on my right foot but I think that’s more of an anatomy issue with my own foot than the shoes.
On Sunday, I went out for my first run in them. Per Ashley’s advice, I started out short and sweet – 0.75 miles. (Sleepy sleepy eyes…this was about 10 minutes after rolling out of bed.)
Thoughts during my first barefoot run:
- My toes felts like they were being stretched.
- I could feel my calves working overtime.
- My ankles felt like they were being challenged. It didn’t hurt, but I could tell they were working. In a good way.
- I was definitely aware of when I landed on my heel. It only happened a few times but it didn’t feel good.
- It wasn’t as hard to run up on my mid-/forefoot as I was expecting, but it’s definitely a conscious effort at this point.
- I took smaller strides to keep my legs under my body instead of reaching forward with my legs and heel striking (like this horrendous form seen below).
- When I stopped running, I felt an odd sensation in my arch of my right foot. Kind of like it was charlie-horsing and needed to be stretched.
- When I left the house, I had knee pain just walking around– something that has been lingering for the past week or so. I didn’t feel ANY pain in my knee when I starting running. Fo’ reals.
- It’s hard to say if running felt easier because it was REALLY humid so breathing was tough anyway.
- Overall, it was a much easier transition than I was expecting.
So, not too bad for a first time! I ran again tonight; again, 0.75 miles.
Putting on Vibram Five Fingers
The first few times putting on Vibrams are definitely awkward. I tried to get on the KSOs in the store for like 15 minutes before giving up. I have no idea how anyone would get those on.
Maizey thinks because they are the same color as her snake toy (on the floor) that they are a new toy. Bad Maizey!
“Mom!! Come on!! I’m ready to run!”Phew! Got it! Let’s go!
Today’s run also felt great. My calves are still tight from Sunday and it was humid, so breathing was still tough. But my stride felt lighter and more natural when I focused I lifting up with each step, like Ashley explained in the first video on this post.
So far, I’m loving these. I look forward to running since it’s a new challenge for me and as an injury-prone distance runner, I’m excited to see how my SI joint and IT band hold up with this new running style.
Would you ever consider running in Vibrams?
How do you guys pronounce “Vibrams”? VEE-brams or VIE-brams? I say VEE-brams.