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.
Thanks for reading. Keep Sparking,