Invested in a pair of Vibram 5 Fingers and did first run in them today. I was very suprised at how much different they are to wearing a pair of racing flats, the run felt fluent and smooth. Achilles trouble appears to have diminished and legs feel good. So basically an awsome product based on one run although in seven days time they could be a pile of manure but hopefully not.
I was converted to all this minimalism after reading a book over Christmas. I threw out my orthotics and heel lift and ran with reckless abandon like nature intended. Was injured within the week :)
Heel lift and orthotics were rescued from the bin
No you didnt ! What did you do?
Jerome, chuck them back in the bin!
Changing your shoes for going barefoot or wearing 5 fingers and the like is not an instant cure for imbalances although it will go towards helping. You have to find the root cause of the problem and sort that out first.It is just like when people start wearing orthotics and their issue clears only for another injury/problem to occur elsewhere as the orthotics do not cure (ever!) just move the pressure somewhere else.
Stick with barefoot training but you need to adjust to it over time. Hope you read all of Born to Run; it's one of the best books I've ever about running and very educational in general.
Julian - I was just reading about the vibrams and you are advised to get them fitted at a specialist shop rather than buying over the internet. Where did you buy your pair and what model are they?I was thinking of trying a pair for soft offroad running as an experiment before risking my feet on tarmac.They also seem very expensive - but maybe nice for summer runs on grassy trails.Has anyone else tried these shoes?
Got them in run and become you definitely need to try for size mine are the offroad type but use on taff trail , the tendons under my feet are feeling the strain it is totally different to wearing normal trainers even racers the toes are able to work more than I realised. The lack of cushioning seems to force a forefoot/mid landing and quick cadence. Amazing so far in terms of curing achilles/back prob but only had them for 2 weeks see what happens in another 2 weeks.
Like a hard drug habit I need to weed myself off them. Which I am doing by taking it a day at a time
These insoles combine 5 different kinds of pseudoscience, which by my maths is four more than the five fingers, bargain !
I think I'll start to market placebo pills. Scientifically proven to make you feel better using the placebo effect. Guaranteed completely harmless constituents!