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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.
Thanks for reading. Keep Sparking,

Paige
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LESLIE871948 9/27/2013 9:04AM

    I Absolutely adore my vibrams. They are what allowed me to begin to run at All, after a lifetime of wishing I could.

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CHANTENAY 5/25/2013 9:01PM

    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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WATERMELLEN 5/25/2013 7:24PM

    Glad that this is working for you: sooooo wish that I could return to running sob sob sob!

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NISSANGIRL 5/25/2013 3:23PM

    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

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CAROLJEAN64 5/25/2013 1:38PM

    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.

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