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    June 06, 2010


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    This is so interesting! I loved reading Born to Run, and when I start to exercise again, I want to try this out. Thanks for all the good info! It's nice to hear from another mom that this really works. :c)

    I had been wondering how it was possible for my feet to have gotten smaller, but after ~3 months of running in the Vibrams they really have. I'd say they've dropped about 1 size.

    I bought my first pair of Vibram KSO Treks last June and have been using them for running ever since. For a while I thought my feet looked smaller, but it was confirmed today when I went to get fitted for new shoes and came in at a size 8 from a size 9-9.5. I'm not sure if it's a health risk, but I'd much rather be a high shoe size. It's worrisome, and is a reason why I am leaving Vibram Five Fingers for other running shoes. This is an honest statement and objective. I guess it can be good for you, or bad.

    Hi all, I deciced to join this forum as it would help me in training for the ragnar team relay in my state in January.

    I started running the other day 1 mile using bikilas. This was the first time ive done any real exercise in a few years. I made sure I stretched before and two times during the mile and again after.
    I did another mile today which was 15minutes (included some walking for a min or so).

    Im not entirely sure how to gauge the tightness/soreness of my calves. I read through the main post for beginners but didnt help that much. I figure its just normal soreness for being out of shape. But I might also add, is I practically walk in sandals ALL the time, which I believe has helped me somewhat strengthen other muscles and tendons.

    Is there anything that I should be aware of about my soreness? A friend of mine who does and has done a lot of running told me to keep with the runs like im doing for 4 days and take 2 days off, even if my calves are sore. But I've always learned in the past to stop exercise to allow for muscles to recover, so you dont over stress them.

    Any adivce or shared experiences would be great! :)

    Thank you all

    Hi and thanks for reading my blog. Please don't use my experience as a definite guide, but here are my thoughts.

    There are two kinds of people for the barefoot running experience. Those who can and those who can't. I am thinking I can't but haven't totally given up hope.

    Given my experience and that I am still suffering for it, I say, listen to your body. If your calves/achilles/ankles are sore, stop until it goes away and you seriously injure yourself. Once it is gone, try again, and maybe reduce your distance.

    The change you are trying to make doesn't happen quickly - it is a long journey in my opinion.

    Definitely check out Barefoot Ken Bob, which I link to in one of my Vibrams posts.

    Good luck! Please let us know if you are successful and why you think that is!

    How can I reduce the pain or correct this? I need an average of 2-3 days for the pain to go away enough to run again.

    I stretch before and after each activity

    I'm sorry but your statement on the part where you said
    "Vibrams focus the feet striking on the ball of the foot" is incorrect, it's all about the toes. You learn to push off really using your toes and frankly landing on the heel with Vibrams hurts like hell. But it does work the calf, but thats because your on your toes! I own Vibrams and go through a pair every 4 months ( I train a lot) and wow, I love the damn things. But my feet haven't shrunken, but I'n still growing. (I'm 16)

    Hi Leon and thanks for reading! Wow...I am amazed that you are - this is not the coolest place for 16 year olds to be hanging out. Are you training for anything in particular or just like to run?

    Anyway, thanks for commenting. I was striking at the ball of the foot, not toes. Maybe that is how I got injured?

    I am messing around with the Brooks minimalist now. Calves aren't as sore, but the old Vibram-related injuries are a bit grumpy, but not nearly as bad. I will pay more attention to what I am doing.


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