Love at First Sight

18 May

I’ve owned a pair of Vibram Five Fingers for one day and I’m already in love! I’m taking the advice that I’ve gotten so far and taking it slowly… when I got home yesterday I went for a short walk, only a few hundred feet and an even shorter jog. It felt great! As I was driving home from the store I was thinking about how they would change my running style. I’ve just finished BORN TO RUN and he talks a lot about what the proper way to run is. Short strides, knees bent, straight back, and how you should land on the pads of your feet rather than the heel. I’ve always run like I walk – heel, toe, heel, toe. So I wondered how I would figure out how to run properly. I thought maybe I’d go on YouTube, see if I could find any videos that would show me how. But first, I’d try it out and just see what happened. As soon as I started jogging in my normal way, heel-toe, I immediately realized that that wasn’t comfortable and popped right up onto the pads of my feet. It was amazing, like I’d been doing it for years.

I’m excited to train with them, and to build up my foot strength. I know I need to take the time to build slowly so I don’t strain myself and hurt my feet. Derek from the Trailblazer store in New Haven was extremely helpful in giving tips for breaking into them and was really excited when I told him that I planned to train for the 3-day barefoot! He encouraged me to buy SuperFeet as well so I can work on walking and running properly so I can be a normal pronator.

I have until July to train so I think I should be ready for 60 miles in my Vibrams by then! But for now, I’m going to go jog a few hundred feet, and then walk  back. Slow and steady!

An update with pictures! John wanted to know what the Vibram Five Fingers looked like on the bottom so I took a few pictures.

Here are the bottom of the Vibrams. It’s a rubber skin, and like I was telling John in the comments below… it allows me to go over gravel and rocks without feeling the sharp edges but being able to feel each rock.

Here’s a side picture, they’re pretty thin and mold to my feet really well.

And then with the toes, the rubber comes up and around the toes so as you run the tips of my toes won’t chafe.

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4 Responses to “Love at First Sight”

  1. Kristen May 18, 2010 at 11:30 AM #

    I’m so intrigued by this experiment! I just started running this year and I’ve heard so much about Barefoot running. I never even thought about what it would be like to do the 3 Day this way. I can’t wait to see what you think about the Vibrams on a longer walk!

    ~ Kristen

    • ctinct May 18, 2010 at 4:22 PM #

      Thanks Kristen! I’m also curious about what they’ll feel like on a longer walk. It’s hard to be patient and take it slow when I really just want to jump out and walk 5 miles! But I’ll be sure to let everyone know how it’s going along the way!

  2. John May 18, 2010 at 4:04 PM #

    What do the bottoms look like? How thick is the sole? Looks pretty cool!

    • ctinct May 18, 2010 at 4:43 PM #

      Ooh I hadn’t even thought about posting the 360 degree pictures! I’ll do that when I get home! The bottoms are thick enough so that if I’m walking on gravel or rocks I can’t feel the sharp corners but I can still feel each rock beneath my foot. Does that make sense?

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