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Ran in my Vibram Five Fingers

I think I overdid it…  I wanted to get a run in before heading off to work and my procrastination made my running window smaller and smaller.  Finally I got dressed to run and with only 20 minutes before work decided to throw on my Five Finger shoes and do a quick run.  I started out and felt fantastic.  These shoes force you to run on the balls of your feet which is supposed to automatically correct any running form issues.

I felt more upright and was landing lightly.  I haven’t busted out the Vibram’s since Sept. of last year, except for wearing them in Oyster Bay during lunch on a bike ride.  I know the Vibram’s are something you need to build up with.  But I figured, “It’s only 15 minutes”  what could happen?

About 6 minutes into it my right achilles started feeling sore.  Not good.  I ruptured my left achilles back in 1999, so I am very cautious about any achilles pain.  It wasn’t a fun rehab.

I turned around at 7 minutes and had to adjust my stride.  Shortened it up and landed a little more heel-toe.  Needless to say, my calves were on fire the next day.  I did get some regular ice baths in for my lower legs, which I’m sure helped.

I’m just now getting back to normal in my calves and my right achilles still has some tightness and soreness.  Nothing too serious, it loosens up once I run for about 5 minutes, but it’s still sore in the morning.  I’ll try the Strasburg sock to get some stretch in it tonight.

In hindsite, I should have done a warmup to the park then slipped on the Vibram’s instead of starting off in them cold.

I’m 36 y.o. now, don’t bounce back like I used to in my 20’s.  The aches and pains linger for awhile longer.

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  1. July 6, 2010 at 10:55 am

    You might want to take a pain reliever for that. I actually felt the same way as you do at first but I’m getting used to it now. This shoe is definitely an eye catcher and I didn’t regret buying one. I’ve been using VFF Classic for quite some time now and it’s definitely worth the purchase. God Bless

  2. Dad
    July 6, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Chad, maybe you’ve spent too much time having shoes with heels and the shift to no heels will definitely put strain on your achilles. I think even if you warmup and stretch, that will still be a lot of strain. I would look into yoga stretches for the achilles. Take care.

  3. e
    July 29, 2010 at 6:12 am

    I recently bought a pair of Vibram Five Fingers KSO Man (Keep Stuff Out) iteration of shoes as an alternative to vibram kso are not only my business to the gym every day, but as a replacement for footwear summer, when I go, or a hike. CSR is different from the sprint, because five finger vibram are already considered more rugged, in terms of the overall protection of the feet and hiking and water sports. After wearing shoes on campus last week in various conditions (rain, sun) and over 1 million, what on Earth? If questions, I understand why my friend raved so much about vibram five fingers shoes.

  1. July 5, 2010 at 11:33 pm

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