Earlier this week, inspired by my review post on my Vibram FiveFinger shoes (VFFs), I woke up and knew what had to happen that day: a real run in those glove-like finger shoes…so run in the VFFs I did! It was such a great experience to not just wear them for training clients or my own workouts (or around town, which doesn’t always look so classy but I’m okay with that) but to wear them on an actual run. I’ve spent long in enough in them breaking my feet in and strengthening some of those feet and ankle and calf muscles so I felt comfortable taking them out for longer than just a few minutes.
About 3.5 miles and 30 minutes later, I was back home – all in one piece! As I ran around my neighborhood, I found that shortly into the run along the concrete sidewalks I was naturally seeking out grassy areas, bounding on little bits of lawn and fields in between the unforgiving ground to give my feet a rest. The good thing about running in my VFFs was that I sought out this softer ground naturally and in that way gave my body a break as I practiced running with shorter strides and gliding off my mid-foot strike:
Overall, the run was enjoyable. It took me longer than usual to complete the loop; although I feel faster in my VFFs normally because of the more forward foot strike – like I’m being propelled forward – I ran of steam holding onto that pace and can see how I usually rely on my “clunky” runners for comfort to keep me going. But I was more aware of my surroundings, laughed when I felt the long, dry blades of grass not be crushed underfoot but slide up between my toes, and was so excited afterward that I snapped some pictures!
…I think I’m hooked. I did 2 more runs that week in my VFFs, one a speed play workout for 30 minutes and another easy 30 minute run the next day, and I think these calves of mine finally need a rest – so Monday it’s back to the regular runners to give my body some relief. Plus, today is Sunday, my favorite day of rest. Enjoy it well and take the time to be well and live well by resting and enjoying the company of others. Take care,