Slipping on the Vibrams

It has been almost two weeks since I went out walking/jogging, but I manned up today and greeted the sunrise. Part of the break was because I’d messed my shoes up again–turns out when it’s early in the morning and I’m tired, stumbling around in the name of exercise, I sometimes drag a toe on the concrete. When this happens, the fine upper fabric of the Vibram Fivefingers tears, leaving me with a hole above my toenail. I was afraid to wear them with the hole, afraid of tearing them further.

Some shoe goo, a few days for that to dry, and a good night’s sleep let me get out again, and it was great. I think this weekend I’m going to try and jog 5km just because I keep reading about them and how hard they are. How painful will it be? Probably terribly, but I’ll have a couple of days to recover.

Any 5k tips you can share with me?

2 thoughts on “Slipping on the Vibrams

  1. Yes–3 miles doesn’t sound like much, but it’s enough to injure yourself if you aren’t conditioned to do it. I’ve had 5fingers for short distance running for a while (I haven’t taken them on rough terrain or anything over 5 miles), and the extra advice I’d give with those is to make sure you stretch your Achilles tendon for a good long while after any run. I’d never been prone to tendinitis before getting Vibrams (though they resolved my near chronic shin splits), but I’ve heard several people say it’s more of a risk with them.

    1. I’ll definitely be careful! April went running almost immediately after getting hers and has been out of commission for over a week now. Her achilles has been hurting a lot (though as of the last day or two it’s finally subsiding).

      I think a large part of the difference is that I grew up barefoot. I only wore shoes to go to school or the store, and I’m always barefoot at home. Going walking and jogging in the morning hasn’t been much of a strain to me because it’s not much different from what I normally do.

      Thanks for the excellent advice–I’ll certainly take it to heart.

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