Monday, October 18, 2010

Keep on Running...

Ok...a quick post about running.

First of all, I've been slacking on my running...a lot. I hope to get back on track tomorrow. The scale demands it!

Next up:



They are called Vibram Five Fingers. I find them...odd. I've seen people wearing them at the track and I just don't get the appeal. Somebody explain this to me.

Last, but not least, I have a new running goal. Next fall there is a "Run to the Tower" a 12K run from Camp Darby to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I want to run this race!

22 comments:

Tasha said...

I don't get the Vibram obsession either. It seems like everyone ends up with tendon injuries while they are trying to adjust to these so I'm avoiding them. I love your Run to the Tower running goal! SO VERY AWESOME!!! You can do it!!!

Optimistic Liz said...

I just saw these for the first time like days ago. I dont get it either...I wonder if they make you feel barefooted.

Susan said...

Read Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. It's about barefoot running.

lola said...

I don't get the Vibram thing either. I have a friend who switched over to running in them and it killed her shins and gave her horrible blisters. She gave up on them after a couple of weeks of trying to switch.

Dogs.Dogtags and Stilettos said...

Love the running goal!! We have something similar in Hawaii called the Aloha Run. It is to build military/civilian relationships and is a 12K from Aloha Tower to Aloha Stadium. I am hoping to fly back from Germany in February to run it! We can be "training" buddies :) You go girl!!

Smiling is Good for Your Teeth said...

yeah they are weird looking but they give you a really goo work out, supposedly!

The Mrs. said...

My husband has been trying to find these in his size. Every where he turns they are backordered. They are supposed to be better for your joints and as close to barefoot as you can get. I still don't get them and when he finally finds them I will ridicule him mercilessly.

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I've seen a few people wearing them and they kinda freak me out. They look completely strange you when you look down and see them!

Southern Jane said...

Logan actually just ordered a pair of these! He said they were backordered in his size, but they should be shipping soon. I think they're pretty cool looking and I'd love to pick up a pair, but it seems like they are really hard to find/size.

flaneuse said...

Originally I thought the VFF were totally strange. Then I read more about them, and also Born to Run. Bought a pair of the Bikilas for myself and I LOVE them. However you have to build up your running in them slowly. I have had mine since May and I can only run about 5k in them max. They are so much more comfy and lighter than my Mizunos though. It is like running on air!

And yes to your goal!!! You can def do it!!

SS said...

That sounds like a great running goal, I need to set one myself or I tend not to keep up with it. :-(

For no other reason than the looks of them, those shoes creep me out. And particularly when I see people just walking around in them as casual foot wear. *bleh*

I do love toe socks for in my running shoes... I know different, but they look funny to me too when I take my shoes off.

JG said...

In case you haven't seen this yet:

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/10/14/will-toning-footwear-get-you-in-shape/barefoot-technology.html

Just fyi. :)

Jessica @ Acting Adult said...

A friend of mine got those shoes for running and rock climbing. I just think they're weird.

AbbeyG said...

I don't care how much those Vibrams help you run or whatever it does.. I would never put them on my feet. EVER. But that's just me :)

Jes said...

I avoided the Vibram train for a LONG time (my friends have been wearing and raving about them for almost 2 years now) until my old running shoes bit the dust. I decided to give them a try and I LOVE THEM! I love the way they fit my feet (I hear if you have super short toes, you probably won't like them) and how it feels when I run in them. I wish I had picked them up 2 years ago when I 1st heard about them!

Becca said...

I have an acquaintance on FB who loves those shoes and just did the Run to the Tower wearing them. There's a store in Milan that has them, apparently, if you needed an excuse to go to Milan.

Do read Born to Run! I got it from the library and it's not my usual type of book at all, but it's amazing. It will make you think differently about running, in a good way, I hope.

I have quit running since my knees won't tolerate it anymore. Not that I was ever much good it anyway!

Suzanne said...

I get the concept, but the fact is that we've been wearing shoes for quite some time now and a drastic change will create more issues/injuries for some. Oh yeah, and they're not very pretty:)

Jon and Steph said...

My husband is dying to get these! I don't understand it... I've heard only bad things about them.

Dana said...

Stumbled across your blog - I love my Vibrams. I have the sprints, the same pair you posted as a picture. I've definitely had my fair share of injuries while running in them, but just like you shouldn't blindly try to lift 250lbs of weights the first day you start working out, you shouldn't try to run a half marathon in weird shoes your feet aren't used to without training for it. I'll continue to wear mine. I love feeling the ground under my feet, I love the sense of balance they give, and the freeness my feet have! It just takes months for your feet to adjust from being squished into stilettos, tennis shoes, pumps etc to being practically barefoot in Vibrams!

Sara said...

Like everyone else that says they own a pair, I love mine. I'm not used to running in them but for weight lifting and hiking there's nothing better.

When you lift weights in shoes, you have to fight to keep the weight balanced on your heels (where it SHOULD BE, even in air squats) because running shoes are canted forward.

Hiking in them is awesome. They grip everything instead of sliding downhill like hiking shoes and runners do. I love feeling the rocks and grass and everything while walking in them.

And they fit like a glove. They breathe so well that working out in them doesn't cause me to rip off my shoes after a hard workout.

Stefanie said...

Ok so once you put the VFF on you will never go back. There is also Terra Plana which makes a barefoot shoe that is more tolerable. TRUST ME, every single person I know that HATED the VFF is now a convert. Here's a good little article:
http://cisnotc.wordpress.com/2010/02/13/vibram-fivefingers-barefoot-talking-points/
My husband wears them and so does my mother. I would but I haven't been able to find a size small enough so I have two pairs of Terra Plana's shoes ( flats and the running Evo) LOVE THEM

Allison C said...

My husband wants something like this but he needs something he can wear during PT.