Barefoot Running Shoes – Week One

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    A review of my first week with barefoot running shoes – the Five Fingers by Vibram. The video includes sites on barefoot running – including Harvard study – my …

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    1. You shouldn't be up on your toes – you'll damage your metatarsals. You land on the ball of the foot, the heel dips down so that the foot is flat, then you pull your foot straight up towards your buttocks. Pilates is an excellent way of re-establishing your correct, natural posture. Most of us spend our days seated, our stabiliser muscles switch off and we lose natural alignment. Be aware of VFF – I quite like mine, but they can force your feet into unnatural positions causing tension

    2. rbvid: Looking at your form, there's a good reason you're in pain… You're chasing your head. Your head is in front of your hips so to keep you balanced, your feet need to land underneath your head. Lift your chest, keep head pointed at horizon so that you've a straight line from head through hips, and your feet will land under your hips – your whole body then acts as a shock absorber, nicely balanced, and your pains should eventually disappear. Think less about feet, more about posture.

    3. From what I've read online, those articles on barefoot running that make it sound like you can just take off your shoes and run a marathon are extremely irresponsible and could lead to a huge backlash on barefoot running's image. The older longer you've been running in shoes, the slower you need to be in transitioning to BF running It seems, due to people's feet being somewhat atrophied by running shoes. This causes them to be susceptible to stress fractures and other permanent damage.

    4. @fourpointohh I've thought about it myself, but the problem with using Five Fingers for hiking is they have no ankle support like you would have with most decent hiking boots or shoes. That's pretty important, because it's normally a long crawl back to your car after twisting your ankle on a bad root or rock. Now, if you hike paved paths, then it won't be as big an issue. But these things would be a bad idea for hiking a rough trail.

    5. Good review. I have been running barefoot and in minimalist shoes for about 8 months now – I have tried everything but keep coming back to the Vibrams. While you can't beat barefoot for learning how to run properly, the Vibrams (and their cheaper rip off cousins) are by far the best if you want to run injury free.
      I ran the Melbourne Marathon in them and was very happy with my time and the fact that I got no blister or hot spots.