Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Vibrams for Trimommy!!

Look what was waiting for me when I got home from work tonight!!  I filled out the order form several weeks ago and faxed it, and I was beginning to think that it had gotten lost or something, so I was so pleased when Kel announced that my "slipper shoes" had come today!!

As you know, I've been doing some barefoot running on the treadmill at the gym.  Well, actually, I wear socks, but I have gotten the evil eye from my good friend, M., who happens to be the supervisor of the fitness room.  Since I am an employee there, I would be lying if I didn't say I've been feeling just a bit guilty, so I can't wait to try my Vibrams there.  They are sure to get some comments.  I'll let you know how it goes!!

As far as the barefoot running goes, I do think that it is helping me, but my form is still not where it should be. I've been looking at pictures and videos of people who actually know what they are doing, and I do not look like that!! Here is a great example--professional triathlete and fellow Team Trakkers member, Bree Wee, just finished 5th in IM Cozumel and here is a picture of what I would like to look like when I am runnning:

The part I need to work on is the front leg (well, I guess the back leg too).  Bree's is bent and pushing off on the forefoot.  I'm now landing on the forefoot, but my leg is almost straight and in front of my body when I land.  Here is a picture from my race on Thanksgiving:

I've been exploring The Pose Method website, and I think I will try to implement some of the suggestions there.  Let me know if you have any tips!!

I'm off to do a little foam-rollering.  Happy training!


  1. Let me know about the Vibrams. Those shoes look so crazy! I have been reading up on the POSE method myself and just yesterday I got the POSE book for triathletes from Amazon. I actually found that I really liked the info on POSE swimming.

  2. Can't wait to read how the Vibrams work. I've been thinking about doing some barefoot running myself.

  3. I've only tried on a pair of Vibrams once, but they were really comfortable! I was surprised. Looking forward to seeing what you think.

    Check out this video of Mirinda Carfrae from Rev3. (I think that is even teammate Elaine in the background). She is an amazing runner, so it is interesting to watch her form in slow-mo.

    Warning: the audio is pretty boring and long (didn't even make it through the whole thing) but it is still interesting to watch on mute.


    What is interesting is that she doesn't land as far on the forefoot as I would have thought for being so speedy. It looks like she strikes mid-foot and even slightly in front of her, not directly under her hips like a lot of running form nazis suggest.

    I think the biggest takeaway for me(at least from watching this) is that the distance traveled per stride is more important than where your foot strikes. Because she strikes mid-foot just in front of her body, and extends so far back, she moves even farther with every stride.

    You should do your own treadmill video analysis! Have M. take a video of you using the slipper shoes for the first time on the treadmill and then a few weeks later to see how your form changes. Could be interesting.

  4. I always think those Vibrams look like Sleestak feet, hope they work out for you! Happy to hear your running is coming along, oh and btw, I totally think you can do an Ultra someday!!

  5. I went to a run clinic a few times that focused on the Pose method. To me it seemed weird because it seemed like what I thought I was already doing. I can't say whether or not my form has changed. What a good idea to look at pictures of you running. But maybe have someone do a video, since photos don't always tell the whole story, especially when you're changing your form to smile for the camera anyways! Can't wait to hear how you like the Vibrams. Seems like everyone is getting them now.


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