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It's funny. I remember when I joined SP in Oct 2010, I started running and heard about them. Last week, I went to a running store, saw a run expert who was wearing them, asked a lot of questions and ended up trying them on. I had been considering them but continued to research. (I'm a geek.)
After seeing this discussion, finishing my eval, and placing value to what Coach Nancy says, I just decided to stick to my ASICS Kayanos. I've done 21 5Ks & 1 HM in them with nothing but comfort. I have a lot more races to do in my life as I run for my health and the pure joy of it. Oh, I still consider myself a beginner 'cept with "lightning turtle speed!"
Monty, Team Leader
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Top Gun Triathlon 072614
Ft DeSoto, FL
Courage to Tri 082314,
Sand Key, FL
Tarpon Springs Triathlon 090614
Hooters Duathlon 092214
Ft DeSoto, FL
TriRock Clearwater Triathlon 110914,
Clearwater Beach, FL
My husband has those shoes and loves them.
And I am a beginner runner and I bought the Merrel Pace Glove shoes that have the Vibram sole and I love them! They are more expensive than the five finger shoes - I think I paid $100 - and they don't have the five fingers. But, I love how lightweight the shoe is. In the beginning I found my feet would get sore after a long walk in them, but after using them for a couple weeks I got used to them. I haven't had any other issues and I've been using them now for well over 5 months.
One drawback to both shoes is if you go running/hiking on rough terrain with small rocks on the ground, you will feel every rock and it can hurt!
They were all the rage at one time and while some runners still wear them, but I am seeing fewer people wearing them. In fact studies actually show that these shows do not make one a more efficient runner and for some they can actually create issues, especially of the calf muscles and Achilles tendon. I would be VERY cautious about running in these shoes, especially if you are a beginner runner.
It seems like some people really like them, and some people really hate them. I am getting some for myself soon, as a reward for finishing the BWC 5k. Unfortunately, they are kind of expensive, so if you try them and determine you don't like them, that's $80 gone...
Post with updates on how you like them if you decide to go for it!
I had been looking into running shoes and liked the idea of the Vibram five fingers because it's almost like running barefoot but with some support and protection still.
Has anyone here tried them yet? What do you think? Are they worth the price?
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