Tag Archives: Barefoot running

First Race in Vibrams… Check

5 Jun

Today was the 2010 Komen Connecticut Race for the Cure. I’ve been looking forward to it for pretty much an entire year, since last year’s race. I volunteered for my first Race in 2009 and was hooked. This year I ran in the 5k which was great; allowed me to combine a new favorite thing of mine (running) with a favorite, favorite thing of mine (Komen). Not only was this race awesome because it was a Komen race, but because it was my first race in my Vibrams! I’ve had them for about a month and have been taking short runs and longer walks in them but today was my first actual race. So here’s how it went: I ran the first mile in 8 minutes, that’s a record for me in a huge way. I’m usually a 10 minute miler and was shocked to cross mile 1 at 8 minutes. I’ve thought about it and decided there are probably a couple of reasons that I ran it so quickly; probably didn’t hurt that I started at the front of the pack rather than at the back of it like usual, and I also just think it felt good to run in the Vibrams! I felt lighter and more balanced. After mile one, however, there was a hill. My calves were already burning from my new running style and the hill didn’t help much with that. The last two miles were pretty painful in the really good, burning, sore, muscle building kind of way. And other than my calves, everything else felt great. My feet didn’t hurt (though that might change tomorrow) and my knees didn’t hurt at all, which I was waiting for the whole time, especially on the downhill. I’m excited to continue my running and my 3-day training in the Vibrams.

I got a lot of questions and comments about my Vibrams from people who had seen them before and wanted to know what they were like. I did see two other Vibram runners after the race and stopped to chat with them about their experiences and see if they had any tips. I was told that to help build up calf strength to do some short sprints interspersed with longer runs, and that seems to make sense.

So overall it was a really good run! It didn’t hurt to have the amazing energy from the other runners and the spectators. We were all there for an amazing cause and that kind of good energy helps to push you along. There were 2117 runners and I came in 1491 with a time of 36:46.

Komen Connecticut is still fund raising to reach their 2010 Race for the Cure goal, please feel free to donate to this amazing cause!

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Race for the Cure 2010!

29 May

Only 1 week away from the 17th Annual Komen Connecticut Race for the Cure! Last year I volunteered for Race Day and it was an unbelievable experience. I can’t wait for next Saturday and to be sharing photos on Facebook and tweeting for Komen from the event! I’ll also be running the 5k (my first barefoot race!!) so I apologize in advance for the blurry photos I’ll be posting and the mis-spelled tweets!

Check out this awesome video made by my friend Helder from Rabbit Ears Media. The pictures are from the 2009 Race for the Cure and the song is “Pink Warrior” by Candy Coburn.

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.

Going the 3-day barefoot?

16 May

Let me start off by saying that I don’t know if the 3-day would allow anyone to walk barefoot. I’m going to venture a guess and say no; I’m sure it’s in the handbook somewhere. But what about walking with barefoot shoes? Barefoot shoes are just lightweight covers for your foot, so your foot can still feel the ground beneath you but you’re mildly protected from the elements. I’ve gotten really interested in the barefoot idea recently for both running and walking.

Ever since last year’s 3-day I’ve had some knee problems that spark up after walking a few miles or running any distance. I became interested in barefoot running when I heard that it actually helps to realign your body properly and may help with knee problems. I’ve read that when running with shoes on your body actually absorbs about four times the amount of shock as you would running barefoot.

But then it got me thinking… if my knee problems started because of the 3-day last year… would walking barefoot help this year? I think I would at least be inclined to try it and see what happens. I’ll be picking up a pair of barefoot shoes in the next couple of weeks, particularly the Vibram Five Fingers and I’m excited to see what happens over the next few months.

Are there any other barefooters out there?

To read more on barefoot running and walking, visit the Born to Run official site, the Barefoot Walking Lifestyle blog, and this article called “10 Things I Learned from Barefoot Ted”.