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Running in Vibrams

Saturday, May 25, 2013

So I have been transitioning my running from heel striking to toe running. It has gone pretty good. it has been a lot harder than I thought but I am really liking it. My sciatic nerve doesn't seem to be bothering me as much but my piriformis fasciitis is still kicking in after my run so I thought I would take the plunge and try out my vibrams. I have had them since Christmas but never had the nerve to run in them as I had been told how difficult of a transition it is. Well, yes it is. But I think it is a transition well worth making. Since I began running on my toes, I have noticed more defined muscle definition in my legs ( I also attribute this to my spin class!), and stronger feet and ankles. It has taken me over a month of runs to build up enough strenght to do a complete run of about 3 miles. I still struggle to get in 3 runs a week sometimes with my schedule. Anyway, I digress. Oh yeah, back to running on my toes. Its really been nice so today since I have still been suffering the heel pain, I thought I would try the vibrams.
I only got about 1/3 of the way through my run before my calves were tuckered out. I ended up run/walkking the rest of the way. It was interesting. I could really feel my calves working. I never felt winded probably from the run walking, but my legs were really feeling it. I couldn't really believe the difference using the vibrams would make. About 1/2 way through my run I was searching for grass to run on, not quite sure why. My feet weren't really hurting from the pavement, it just felt like I should be running on the grass. It could be because my legs were feeling the pounding. NO wait, I remember. It was because while I was running I flelt a twinge in my ankle. I didn't want to push it to hard, but I did want to finish my run and I felt that using the grass would be less of an impact on my ankle, which it was. So it wasn't so hard on my feet as my ankles, and I did feel it a bit in my right foot.
It looks like I will have to work on building up my ankle strength a little more. My next run I will take it a little easier and use my shoes instead, I think. Well, we will see how sore my calves are tomorrow. HAHA. A nice soak in some essential oil and epsom salt later on tonight may be in order.
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  • LESLIE871948
    I Absolutely adore my vibrams. They are what allowed me to begin to run at All, after a lifetime of wishing I could.
    1611 days ago
    I've never heard of Vibrams before so I looked it up. They seem like a good idea. I heard years ago that a person should only land with their legs bent when they are running, so I got in the habit of doing that. I make sure I never extend my leg completely. Still, I'm afraid to do much running until I lose some more weight. I only do it as a intervals during my walks, up to 30 seconds at a time. So fat so good. I don't want to get near my goal weight, only to find out I messed up my knees in the process. I know so many people with knee surgery, even thin ones. I'm glad to read about your experiences because I have so much to learn.

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    P.S. so far so good. emoticon
    1736 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/25/2013 9:02:28 PM
    Glad that this is working for you: sooooo wish that I could return to running sob sob sob!
    1736 days ago
    emoticon Great job girl! I think I may need to take up running! glad the Vibrams worked well for u. Lets do this girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1736 days ago
    I have a pair of Vibrams I used for yoga for a while. My issue is that my right leg is shorter than my left because of a bad leg break over 10 years ago. I could put a lift in the Vibrams to even things out.
    I don't know exactly why I gave them up for yoga... partially because I needed to remove them 1/3 of the way through my routine as I began seating and supine poses.
    I can't run.. ortho doc says no high impact or ankle will pain me so much it will need to be fused. However, I am going to give walking in my Vibrams a try.
    1736 days ago
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