ten toes – ok 5 fingers – first run

Yes, yes I too have fallen into the fashion trap and bought a pair of Vibram Five fingers from Drifters Xtreme.
I certainly hope this purchase does not remain a fashion accesory but hopefully improves my running.

I have been wearing them for a good few weeks now and have been amazed how comfortable they are. So today was the day to take them out for a little spin on tar. 5km it was to be. I combined minimalism with high tech by attaching my Polar footpod to them to see if anything would be different.

Straight off I noticed a destinctive slapping sound as my forefoot hit the ground. (similar sound when running in slops).
Then I noticed my cadence was way high. Normally I run at 82 (this is up from about 78 a year ago). Today my average was 88! Normally I can only hold this for very short periods of intense concentration.
Yes my calves felt like they worked harder than before!
At this point I think 5km is about the max.
No knee pain, no ITB niggles.
Yes you do get A LOT of looks!

I intend to do this easy run once a week and see how it changes the rest of my running. Will keep you posted.

Published by leorust

Trail runner and outdoor enthusiast. Inspiring others to explore their environment and pushing their limits.

2 thoughts on “ten toes – ok 5 fingers – first run

  1. Hi Niq
    The fingers are going well.
    I have only run in them twice (once a week for the time being) and 5km of running at a time. I wore them for a full day on my feet over the weekend and this was the first time that I felt my feet being tired. Nothing more than I would expect if I was wearing shoes. I think the big thing here is to start slowly and not overdo it.

    VFF are definately a fad. However I do believe that they will stick around for a while. Yes many people will get injured due to using them (I suspect this will be due to overusing them to start off). I do think it is too early to get some really good independant research here but I hope this will come from somebody who does not have a vested interest in either regular shoes or the new “minimalist” ones.

    For the time being it is just really good fun and I feel the big benefit for me is to increase cadence. This I hope to take with me when I go back to normal shoes.

    If in the future I am able to strengthen my feet so that I do not need more supported shoes then that is great. This is at least 6 – 12 months off though I suspect.

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