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.