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December 2, 2010

Running in my Vibram Fivefingers

Filed under: Running — Tags: , , — Marcus @ 2:00 am

One of the initial reasons I purchased the Vibram Fivefingers was because I wanted to try running in them.  Yes they are cool just to wear around, and I love walking through the woods and kayaking with them, but I want to be able to run with them.

I have been training to run off and on for the last probably 6-9 months, however it has been very sporadic because I have either been too sore or my knee would be hurting.  Most of the time, I would only be able to run once per week, and then I would barely be able to walk after that.

Enter my Vibram Fivefingers, I had to wait for over a month from when I purchased them before I could start running (Hurt my knee the first of September), but once I was cleared from my Chiropractor and started running, I knew immediately these shoes were going to make a difference in my running.

As per my Chiropractors advice, he wanted me to start off slow after hurting my knee and start off with much shorter distances, he didn’t want me to go more than half a mile, but I talked him into a mile for the starting amount, then he said I could add half a mile a week until I could build back up to my original distance (3 miles).  His advice turned out to be solid a couple ways, one I didn’t hurt my knee immediately again and secondly, it took a full 2 months for my legs to start getting used to running in the Vibram Fivefingers.

My normal run consists of 5 minutes walking, then running at the predetermined speed for the distance I have planned for the day, then cooling down by walking for half a mile, then I finish up by stretching out my legs.  As I started running in my Vibram’s, when I would get done running (even when I was just doing the mile), my Achilles tendon was just killing me, and my calf muscles would be twitching they were so tired, plus add in that I could barely walk because the arches on my foot hurt so bad.

It turns out I had to adjust to my Vibram’s twice, first was two weeks of my joints and such hurting just from wearing them (I discussed this in my last blog article), then my muscles really had to get up to speed to be able to run in the Vibram’s.

How about some results?  Well for starters, I just broke my 3 mile running record, well more like shattered I would say.  My previous record for running 3 miles was 24:59 and I didn’t know how I would ever beat it, however on Sunday I ran 3 miles in 23:15 shaving 1:44 off my record time.

I am still dealing with different sore muscles and my arches hurting immediately after running, but it has gotten MUCH better, the miles are coming much easier, and starting next week I am going to start pushing past 3 miles which was a barrier I could never make it past in regular running shoes it seemed.  Also, I now get to the end of my run in the morning and think to myself that I probably could have run a few more miles and not been too tired, where before, I would almost collapse at the end of my run.  I have also been able to run 3 times a week without having many issues with soreness and such.

I am training to do the Cleveland Marathon on May 15’th, though the 18 week training schedule I found online doesn’t start until the first week of January, I have already started, I want to make sure I am in good enough shape to keep up with the training schedule as I don’t want to risk hurting my knee again.

Sorry for having no pictures for the post today, I run in the gym each day, and I am not sure they would appreciate me taking pictures while in there (plus the fact I run in one of the movie theaters they have so its pretty dark to take pictures anyways.

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