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vff's exclusively?

posted about 8 years ago | Report

I'm curious who all runs exclusively in their Vibrams. Maybe what model and why? How was your transition into them from "regular" running shoes? What type of runs do you do in them? Miles? Thanks

  • Ive had my vibrams (kso's) for about a month now and i instantly went from running in brooks to the vibrams with little pain. my knees seemed to be sore for about an hour after but nothing bad enough to be alarmed by. ive been transitioning between my brooks and my vibrams whenever i want to and its not been hard on my body at all really. ive been able to put in 5-6 mile runs in them no problem. I think the reason i don't have as much pain is that im barefoot most of the time when im at home and when messing around outside...

    posted almost 9 years ago | Report

  • in reply to what Taylor M. said:Ive had my vibrams (kso's) for about a month now and i instantly went from running in brooks to the vibrams with little pain. my knees seemed to be sore for about an hour after but nothing bad enough to be alarmed by. ive been transitioning b... read more

    Thats awesome! I've probably got 70 some miles in the vff's, I started with the kso's and have now bought the treksports. I love the extra tread on them. I live in northern Minnesota so it has been hard to get much running in them yet this winter, can't wait for it to warm up. I'm hoping to build my mileage up to do a half-marathon this spring in them. Good luck in your runnings.

    posted almost 9 years ago | Report

  • in reply to what Taylor M. said:Ive had my vibrams (kso's) for about a month now and i instantly went from running in brooks to the vibrams with little pain. my knees seemed to be sore for about an hour after but nothing bad enough to be alarmed by. ive been transitioning b... read more

    Thats awesome! I've probably got 70 some miles in the vff's, I started with the kso's and have now bought the treksports. I love the extra tread on them. I live in northern Minnesota so it has been hard to get much running in them yet this winter, can't wait for it to warm up. I'm hoping to build my mileage up to do a half-marathon this spring in them. Good luck in your runnings.

    posted almost 9 years ago | Report

  • I do run in my vff's exclusively...other than some soreness in my calves, my transition was very easy but I'm also one of those people that if I didn't HAVE to I'd probably never wear shoes so I spend a lot of time barefoot anyway. The only reason I never run barefoot is because I run primarily in the dark either in the middle of the night or very early in the morning before the sun comes up and there tends to be a lot of broken bottles and other sharp objects in the streets where I run and wouldn't want to risk an injury that could sideline me for a while. Currently I have a pair of the treksports and I love them, but I am thinking about getting a pair of the new BikilaLS with the laces in them because my only complaint about the treksports is that I have such a high instep that only the very end of the velcro actually touches and it occasionally comes undone. I average between 8-10km a day, with a few longer runs sprinkled in. I plan to run a half in them in the fall.

    posted over 7 years ago | Report

  • I have done one run with Vibram 5 fingers

    Verdict:
    The run went well, so I’m hoping it’s something I can keep up. I didn’t feel any pain while running which is fantastic. My bike crash injury on my right knee still sensitive to pressure but I’m hoping that with daily massages it will heal over time.

    The Vebrams were really comfortable. The only complaint is the the seam under the arch of my right foot is rubbing and was quite painful towards the end of the run. Hopefully it will soften over time.

    History:
    I have done very little running on hard surfaces since having knee issues. 6 years ago I tore the connecting tissue between the medial meniscus and the Medial Collateral Ligament. The injury was caused by running downhill with a heal-strike technique. It took 3 years of repeatedly re-injuring myself to realise that I had to stop all forms of running, including tennis and running for the bus! In addition, had 2 bike crashes on the road where I smashed both knees on the patella. I also have a family history of knee issues. 4 years ago I finally decided to forget about running regularly because I should not expect a body like mine to run. I took up cycling as my main sport instead. A couple of times I ventured back to running, but each time the problems would return and I have to stop again.

    So I guess this is another attempt to get back into it. What I’m excited about is that barefoot running is a different approach. In the past I’ve tried to change my running technique to a mid-foot strike, but kept falling back to a heal-strike when not focusing on it.

    I have had allot of success with soft-sand running in the last year. The technique is very similar to barefoot running on a hard surface. Although the soft sand offers a cushioning effect, you still naturally land toes first because you need to dig in to get a grip on the sand. So on soft sand you’re getting double impact absorption from the damping effect of the sand and the suspension effect of the forefoot.

    I’m hoping it’s something I can keep up.

    posted over 7 years ago | Report

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