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First Vibram Run

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

So, after my full-body lifting routine (which I haven't done in months), I did a mile on the treadmill in my Vibrams. It took 14 minutes, as I walked a minute, ran two, walked one, ran three, walked one, ran three, walked one, ran two, ended. I want the breaks so I wouldn't be putting odd stresses on my feet for the first time.

The run felt okay; I noticed my right calf was taking a lot of extra strain on the first two minutes and was swelling with water and getting tight, so I adjusted and it didn't feel weird again. I'll have to get used to hitting down on the balls of my feet, as I was not used to that.

Further, I don't have the 'right' anatomy for Vibrams. Your big toe is supposed to be longer, equal to, or minisculy shorter than your second toe to fit Vibrams. I have the other kind of toe spread, where my second toe is quite a bit longer than my big toe; this means my toe pushes against the Vibram material and is actually slightly bent. This only seems to be a problem when walking, as when I ran I didn't notice the issue. But this is a pretty big problem for me - I could only wear the Vibrams for six hours yesterday, which was mostly inside the house wearing. Then my second toe started to hurt pretty badly, so I switched to shoes.

I'll update this post tomorrow to tell you how my legs felt - since I did front squats and deadlifts for the first time in about a month and a half, a lot of my soreness should be from that, but I'm expecting weird places with weird soreness tomorrow, and I'll update as I see fit.
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    Everything I've read about Vibrams & barefoot running in general says to ease into it over a 2-3 month period. Start with short run times, then gradually add to it.

    That being said, I switched to a minimalist shoe (New Balance with a Vibram sole) for the gym and have found my squat & deadlift stability to be massively improved....light-years above doing them in running shoes
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