I would have to say that my first 5k in the Vibrams was a huge success! I PR’d by 41 seconds, I came in under 25 minutes (barely) AND I took 2nd in my age group.
The running skirt? That was a major FAIL from a running standpoint. I’ve lost a couple of pounds, so the skirt kept sliding down and the compression shorts totally worked themselves up where they should not have gone. It was a recipe for chafe. It annoyed me at first, but I decided I wanted to focus on the run and I’d deal with the chafe later. Surprisingly, while I’m sure it looked unattractive, I managed not to chafe.
The Vibrams were great for the most part. The first mile and a half of the Clarendon Day 5k are largely downhill. The last mile and a half are rolling hills, with an uphill finish. I’d bet there’s less than a quarter mile in the entire race that is actually flat. I started out in the crowd and still managed an 8 minute first mile. Mile 2 came in at 7:42. Mile 3 was all about holding on for dear life and I managed to pull out an 8:15 or so. I didn’t have much kick at the end. I can run fast in the Vibrams, but I don’t sprint well in them.
Overall, it was a positive experience. Lots of people asked me questions and I passed a ton of people at the end. There was one bad point though. There are grates across the road at the bottom of the big hill that you can’t avoid. They have a very pointy top surface that borders on sharp. My form going across that was not pretty. ;o) Today, my calves and feet are a bit sore, but I’m pretty sure that the mile I walked in high heels on Friday evening played a major part in that.