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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I already wrote a race report, but I forgot one VERY IMPORTANT detail:

This was my first marathon in MINIMALIST SHOES!!

I ran this marathon in my Saucony Hattoris, true minimalist, 0-drop shoes. As of mid-February or so this year, I have ONLY been running in these or my VFF Bikilas.

So, how do I feel post-marathon???

*** I have absolutey NO sore muscles whatsoever. None. Zip. Zero. Nada. Null. Indicating that I really did take this marathon at a comfortable pace, without pushing myself.

*** I have no other aches or pains, other than ever-so-SLIGHT tenderness in my ankles. Obviously, running in minimalist shoes puts a little more strain on those stabilizing muscles & tendons. But even this is not debilitating or extremely painful!! I had some slight pain in my hip on Sunday, but that had even vanished by Monday morning.

*** I went for a very slow & easy 5-mile run this morning in my VFFs, & felt GREAT!!

I am gonna chalk this up as a HUGE success in the minimalist running for me!!! WOOT WOOT!

I also feel like this marathon was that absolute BEST choice for me to do my first minimalist marathon. The relaxed atmosphere & lack of pressure for a certain pace was PERFECT! I did not want to tear up my body, & it absolutely worked, even WITH lots of hills & pavement the entire course!

Since fully transitioning to minimalist shoes earlier this year, I have noticed I suffer from significantly LESS aches & pains following my long runs than EVER before. I am not sure if it can definitely be attributed to the shoes for me, OR if running in minimalist shoes has just helped me be more attentive to my form, & through changing things up along the way & improving my form, I am protecting myself from injury.

Either way, I LOVE the minimalist running!! I do NOT foresee myself EVER returning to "normal" shoes!!
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    You have come a long way! emoticon
    1850 days ago
  • HHOLT6
    2060 days ago
  • LZY0108
    That's really cool! emoticon
    2110 days ago
    interesting...i have been eyeing some minamalist shoes but am afraid to make the switch....i just might have to dive in after all!
    2112 days ago
    wow, your journey is inspirational !!
    A few months ago I started using minimalist shoes, in my case Merrell gloves, Pace and Dash and I really like them and they are for sure improving my fitness and running endurance. My weak point in running is my feet, and these type of shoes allow the feet to strengthen instead of being overprotected and always being sore after long runs. Kind of not logical that my feet are less sore in shoes that protect less haha, but it did work that way.
    2134 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/22/2012 11:23:54 PM
    Love to hear about minimalist shoe success! Glad to hear it all went well. emoticon
    2135 days ago
    I didn't know you'd been running in Hatori's. Very cool!

    I've been using Saucony Fastwitches which i think have a 4mm drop and I love them, but was worried about using them for higher mileage (half distance) because someone here commented that they had foot problems in them over 6 miles.

    I guess it just takes time for those different muscles to get used to it, but I think I may just try them on a long run to see if they'll work for my half in September. I think the big, cushy shoes may be contributing to my knee/foot pain.
    2137 days ago
    hmmm, interesting. I have never thought about this before. wheels are turning-thanks!
    2139 days ago
    emoticon You did awesome.
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  • IRP1114
    You are such an inspiration Darcy. Give me plenty of notice when you come to my neck of the woods so I can pick up my running just enough so I can keep up with you on one of your "easy" runs girl!
    Definitely a success. emoticon
    2140 days ago
    Awesome Darcy! I have bought some 0.4 mm drop shoes to walk around town in - just to see what this is all about. I'm not sure with all my issues that I will ever completely convert over to minimalist shoes for running - but I can tell a difference in my calves and knees just from wearing these to walk or run errands in.

    Very impressive!
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