Or maybe I should title this “Going Minimalist”, since I live in an urban area and true barefoot running can be hazardous.
I’ve been playing with barefoot running for a while now. Before my achilles issue, I got up to a four mile run, once a week. All of my other miles were done in neutral running shoes. I’ve decided it’s time to stop playing and get serious.
Right now, I don’t have any races on my calendar longer than a 10k. It’s spring, so the ground is getting warmer. I have a pair of Vibrams and a pair of Merrell Pace Gloves and, of course, I have the option of bare feet. In fact, I haven’t worn anything but minimalist shoes for more than a week now. So, I’m going to embrace minimalist running. My plan for the month of April is to run only in minimalist shoes or barefoot on my treadmill. My mileage will likely be down overall as I’ve only made it up to 3 miles so far, but I plan to run at least 5 days a week and will slowly build the distance on a few of those runs.
April should be an interesting month…
14 thoughts on “Going Barefoot”
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I'm excited to hear how this goes. I have zero desire to run barefoot, but I'm intrigued by those who do …
I'm with Tonia on zero desire but intrigued. Good luck with the transition to running exclusively minimalist!
i think you and your clients would love that Idiots guide to barefoot running that i just reviewed. seriously it provided such great info on the transition and running form
Have fun chica!!Any thoughts on meeting up in May? On the 7th when I roll into DC it will be National Train Day and lots going on at the station and then of course I have never been to DC so lots of possibilities for a couple hours.. Let me know and hope you are getting back into the swing of things after your trip!
All the best with this! Take it easy!
Good Luck. I'm working on running with my vff's got up to 6 miles so far but boy my feet were hurting. I guess as Angie bee says I need to lesson to my feet. So I will keep on plugging away at running with miminalis shoes.
I found that once I started running in my VFFs, I couldn't run at all in "regular" shoes. As it happened, I was coming back from an injury, so my mileage was super-duper low anyway and I just made them all Vibram miles. Six weeks later, I'm still only at about ten miles a week, but I'm feeling great. Hooray for minimalist!!
I think you should block j-moo. Why is he always talking about naked things?
I always love an experiment! Good luck!
Good for you. I am doing it a bit differently–a mile or so bf first, then sticking my shoes back on. Today, for the first time, I reached a point where I really hated putting the shoes back on! Can't wait to get more miles in to fully transition one day.
I'm excited to hear about how this goes. I'm intrigued by minimalist running, but I don't know if I have the patience to make the proper transition.
I have the exact same pair of Sprints! I'm helping my friend do her first C25K and I'm using it as an opportunity to break in the Vibrams.