Which oddly enough has nothing to do with the fingers on my hand, but the toes on my feet. What?
Who named them Fivefingers anyways? Super confusing if you ask me.
Anywho, this post has been a few weeks in the making. I have been running in vibrams for almost 3 weeks now, and am absolutely astonished that I haven’t written about it yet.
So here it is friends!
My Vibram Fivefingers Review:
I bought my first pair of Vibrams back in January….
And have been wearing them as much as possible when I am not at work to get my leg muscles accustomed to the new style of walking.
Because you are practically barefoot, you are forcing your legs to work different muscles when you walk/run in the Vibrams. So that is why there is a caution to start out slow in them. You could seriously injure yourself if you are not careful.
These cute little pink Vibrams are the Classic model.
After hearing all the raves from J. Alabama, I finally decided I was ready to take them to the pavement.
I set out for 1 mile run, just to get a feel for them.
My feet made a little pitter patter noise as they hit the cement. And I felt like I was prancing down the greenbelt.
Weirdly enough, my strides felt hard(er). Like it took a little more energy to run. But at the same time I felt lighter.
But I felt great with each step. Until, (twice) I tripped over my own feet. I realized that I am a shuffler when I run, and this doesn’t bode so well in Vibram running.
The damage… a hole in the toe of my Vibrams. First time running in them and got a hole. 😦
Aftermath: The day after (and the following 4 days after) I felt excruciating soreness in my calves. Like I barely move they hurt so bad.
1 mile in these babies, and I was hurting. But to be fair, this was my first run post-Robie Creek, so I may have still been a little sore from the beast of a mountain.
After my first run in the Classic Vibrams, I wasn’t completely sold on them.
I stopped by my local running store and walked out with these.
The Bikila model. I dunno there was just an instant love with these. As soon as I tried them on I knew it was a match.
There is a slight bit of padding inside the shoe (which adds bit more comfort than the Classics). And I believe the stability of having the full shoe coverage helped a lot too.
The true test came when I took them out on their first run.
This time, I did a combo of 2.5 mile run/walk.
Love Love Love! Every step I took I seriously felt like was running on a cloud. My steps felt even lighter than in the classics, and I did not trip over my own feet.
I even tested them out on the shredmill for a 3.25 miler run a week later to really see how they held up.
It was glorious. It was one my better shredmill runs. My feet hitting the tread, it made me feel fast, and strong.
Aftermath: I had zero calve pain after running in the Bikilas. And they felt amazing. I’m totally SOLD on these now.
What I have decided, is that I’m going to use my Classics for running errands, going to yoga class, riding my bike etc..
But when it’s time for running, I’m going to gradually incorporate the Bikilas into being my permanent running shoes.
I will carefully and mind fully start running longer distances in the Bikilas, But not without slowly adding in the miles. So probably add 1 per week as I get into the longer distances.
I will keep you posted on how I like them as I run in them more. In the meantime I will be switching between these and my regular running shoes as I “wean” myself off of running shoes.
In doing this, I must be super aware of my feet. J. Alabama pulled a muscle in foot when he switched between regular running shoes and Vibrams. It’s a totally different step in your running.
Meg & I after my first Bikila run
So my plan is to run my shorter runs in the Bikilas adding 1 mile a week in distance. And my longer runs will be done in regular shoes, until I am comfortable in the longer distances in the Vibrams.
Any thoughts from anyone else that has made the Vibram switch?
And if you have any other questions regarding running in Vibrams, please ask them in the comments section. I will work with J. Alabama (since he has been running in his for over 6 months) to answer all your questions.
Thanks and Happy Running! 🙂