Friday, December 4, 2009

My First Run in My Vibrams

Today I tested out the VibramFiveFingers at the gym.  First let me say, that I just love the way they feel.  They absolutely mold to my feet, and make me feel invincible!! On Wednesday, I walked to the bus stop in them to see if it would be feasible for me to run in them outside during the winter.  That would be a no.  Even with temperatures in the 30's and no snow or moisture on the ground, my feet would get way too cold.  I have since realized that Vibrams makes some winter suitable ones with neoprene, but I guess for now my barefoot running will be inside.

So I donned my VFF's and hopped on the treadmill.  Up to this point, I've been running about a mile in just socks, and then putting on my running shoes to complete my run.  The first mile felt great--much nicer than running in socks, which can be a bit slippery.  After the first mile, I had to go to the bathroom, so I hopped of the treadmill and ran to the bathroom...and I loved them even more when I was running off the treadmill.  I might have to go out for a short outdoor run with them and just bear the cold.  I finished up the run around 2.5 miles, because I was starting to feel a blister forming on my big toe.  Even with socks, that has been a problem spot, and I just need to toughen up my feet a bit more.

That little red spot has been there since the first day I tried barefoot running.
That is still where the one hot spot is.

I was a little worried about the VFF's because I have a bossy second toe, and I wasn't sure if they would bother my toe, or if that would hinder the good fit.  For the 2.5 miles I ran today, it didn't seem to be a problem.  It will be interesting to see what happens as I get into longer runs with them, which I do plan on doing. 

See how much longer my second toe is than all the rest? 
I blame that toe on my career as a ballerina that never happened!

My form felt great, although my calves still really feel the change in form.  I wonder how long it is going take to get used to that?

I'm headed out for a six mile run with some girlfriends Sunday morning, so even though I won't be in my VFF's, it will be interesting to see how my body reacts to a longer run with my new form.  I'll keep you posted!!


  1. I have the exact same thing, my second toes are much longer than my big toes, not only was I a ballerina...... many swimmers have this as well! Interesting!

  2. Glad to hear that you liked the VFF. I just decided to switch from my motion control shoes to a neutral shoe. I am really excited about this experiment.

  3. more and more people are going 'barefoot' ... I may have to try it, esp. after reading Born to Run !

  4. Keep us posted on your progress! I am not brave enough to try it -- yet!

  5. Good Luck with your VibramFiveFingers!

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