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mark wilshire [Visitor] in response to: How to Transition to Running in Vibram Five Fingers — Let Your Skin be the Guide!

Sun, 02 Dec 2012 11:28:01 +0000

I wish i had heeded the advice in this article. If you are new to barefoot running or like me... new to running!! If you think things aren't progressing quickly and are tempted to push on... DONT. I thought i was taking it slowly, i missed out the " running barefoot first " and went straight onto wearing the Vibrams. Big mistake. First thing to happen was extremely tight calfs... unable to walk properly for a week. Then i thought i had cracked it.. i felt such a bounce and strength...then i started training for a 10mile fun run and intensified my training, doing sprint interval training... big mistake. I Ended up with what i now know to be " TOTFI" or top of the foot injury. I still did the fun run "in trainers and painkillers".. that was 8 weeks ago... i am only NOW able to walk properly but still suffer pains... heed the advice ... if you think your taking it easy... your probably not. take it even slower. i would recommend a progressive 4-6 months .. if you are like me... not a runner.
peace




Ben [Visitor] in response to: How to Transition to Running in Vibram Five Fingers — Let Your Skin be the Guide!

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 16:51:08 +0000

Hey there! I've been using Vibrams for nearly 3 years now. This goes without saying but I love them! I wear my vibrams all the time and have seen many positive biomechanical improvements in my walking.

I did not initially use these shoes to run but after about 2 years of using them I started going to the gym and using them on a treadmill. Things went great at first but after about a month of consistent running (3-4 times a week), my calves started tightening up to the point of it being difficult to walk in the morning. I stopped running at this point. Now about a year later I'd really like to start running again but after my first trial run last week my calves/achilles tightened up again to the point of inhibiting exercise.

What can I do to make this work? Should I just look at another type of running shoe (If so, is there a type you'd recommend)? I think I've given myself ample time to get used to the shoes, and I definitely have midfoot/ball of foot strike when I jog. Is there some specific type of stretching perhaps I should be doing?
Thanks!

Ben




BA [Visitor] in response to: How to Transition to Running in Vibram Five Fingers — Let Your Skin be the Guide!

Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:34:56 +0000

recently purchased my vff and still breaking them in-my main purpose in making the switch is to hopefully be rid of toe tip pain and bruised toenails after longer runs.Any comments/insight from anyone else experiencing this?




Tinus [Visitor] in response to: How to Transition to Running in Vibram Five Fingers — Let Your Skin be the Guide!

Sat, 31 Dec 2011 00:02:27 +0000

I started thinking out of the box running wise. Running in normal shoes costs me a lot of energie. I found out that I was a forefoot runner already and the my shoes forced me into a heel stride. So I started running barefoot on the treadmill and that worked out really well. Less effort per miles so to spead. So I ordered a pair of KSO and will start running barefoot outside. I hope I won't need to long a time to get used to the new way of running and that only the soles of my feet need getting used to.




richard [Visitor] in response to: How to Transition to Running in Vibram Five Fingers — Let Your Skin be the Guide!

Thu, 10 Nov 2011 17:12:51 +0000

After 30 years of on off achilles injuries interrupting my running I read Born to Run duirng an airport layover. What a revelation! 'Running shoes' had never done it for me so why not go back to square one! All the excercises for overcoming the latest achilles injuries sustained training for a 70.3 Ironman, (nearly nine months of no running but tendon and calf strengthening excercises) were perfect conditioners for going barefoot. Slowly building up the mileage in VFF's, but already have the grin :)
Not only that a neat pink pair got my wife running for the first time a month after her 50'th.




Cory [Visitor] in response to: How to Transition to Running in Vibram Five Fingers — Let Your Skin be the Guide!

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 23:26:17 +0000

I thought it was just me! Read "Born to Run" and got me a pair of VFF. Started running exclusively in my VFF - nothing crazy but 3 to 4.5 miles every couple of days (I'm a recreational runner, not competitive or long distance). Felt fabulous - tired feet and tight calves but no ankle, knee, hip or back problems, ever. Then about 5 runs in, wham! Top of my left foot starts killing me but still no ankle, knee, hip or back problems so I'm thinking what the heck is up?!? Nice to know I just overdid it and that extensor tendinitis is the likely injury. I've been walking the treadmill barefoot to toughen my skin and let my feet splay ('cause it just feels so good) and went back to running in my new balance shoes (but at least they're worn down). So glad I can work my way back into my VFF. Love them!




alan [Visitor] in response to: How to Transition to Running in Vibram Five Fingers — Let Your Skin be the Guide!

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 22:45:59 +0000

Thank you! I wish I had read this before! I just found out for myself today how different barefoot is from minimal. For me the idea of a transitional shoe was a dangerous route, putting strain on the achilles tendon.

Now happy in bare feet.




Ale [Visitor] in response to: How to Transition to Running in Vibram Five Fingers — Let Your Skin be the Guide!

Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:19:19 +0000

I just bought my Vibrams a little more than a month ago. So far I've been able to run once a week. Taking slow is a good thing I guess. I am up to 3.5 miles after one 5-mile trail walk and 4 runs. I play soccer regularly so I felt I could push myself a little harder than average folk. My first run was about a mile. I just ran 3.5 yesterday and my calfs are still sore but not as much as before. The main thing is if you start feeling pain along the bottom of your foot you need to stop. The most amazing thing is to realize how strong your Achilles is! At this point I am never out of breath because the legs do all the work. For proper running never land on your heel. I am guessing the older you are the harder/longer it will be because you've been doing it all wrong for all these years :)