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Running in regular running shoes made me feel like I was missing something: mostly the ability to maintain forward momentum. Specifically, even though I was trying to minimize heavy heel strikes in the new style, I still felt that the heel strikes were slowing me down and bleeding off a lot of forward movement. After all, why would you land on your heel when you're trying to move forward.
I came across the whole "barefoot" running thing somewhat accidentally and thought that it looked interesting. But I didn't think much more about it since my regular runs combine dirt/gravel roads with paved roads. Then a large billboard went up in Spokane for a specific brand of barefoot shoes... and after mildly tweaking my ankle again I thought to myself "let's give that a shot."
After doing a reasonable amount of research I decided that the right shoe for me was the Bikila. I followed the foot-measuring instructions on the Vibram website and ordered my first pair.
The first thing I have to say is that I really, truly did follow the instructions precisely. But when the shoes arrived they were too big. Not just a little bit too big, a lot too big.Read more ›
I normally run 4 miles M/W/F and 2 miles on T/T. I LOVE these shoes. Never going to run in anything else again!
First day at the gym and I started running and I'd reached the 15 minute mark and no knee trouble, so I kept going and upped the speed and did another 10 minutes. No pain at all. Now anyone who's started running in these knows what I'm going to say next! ...
... They REALLY work your calf's because they force you to land on the balls of your feet (exactly as you should run) so about 2 days after my first run damn did I have DOMS in my calves, I was walking around like a croquet hoop! So friendly advice, start slow!
After that initial adaption my calf muscles I was fine going forward.
No more knee pain, I ran an hour for the first time yesterday (~5.5 miles), I'd have never been able to do that before.
I've never been much of a runner, with a bad knee it always slowed me down, so I never got very far with it. I ran across these one day in a mall, and they intrigued me, so i did some research. The running style, from what i read, claims to prevent the heel strike which i thought might be a factor for my knee pains. I was a little hesitant to try these out, but by the time they showed up at my front door, i was stoked to take them around the block.
- They are hard to get into the first time. Take your time, follow the instructions. They feel great once your in.
- Make sure the fitment is right. I went to a local store first to try them out, and found the right fit. Snug, but make sure they aren't compressing your toes.
- TAKE YOUR TIME. The first run i did about 1 mile, and felt so lightweight and ready to keep going, but i knew i was going to be suffering later. I took a day off, and did a 2 mile the following day, quicker than i ever had with regular running shoes. The next 4 days i was walking like a bull rider. It took me a few days to recover, since i feel like i over-did it :-\
I've had them for a few weeks now, and i LOVE the way they fit. My calfs are still sore after runs, but i feel much more nimble and have NO knee pains :D The sole has the right amount of protection. I run a mix of trail/asphalt, and i've stepped on all sorts of little pebbles and sharp rocks, none of which made it to my fleshy sole. Highly recommended for anyone swapping over to this style or running.
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