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Friday, May 14, 2010

First Run In Vibram Five Fingers

I had my first 1.1 mile trail run yesterday in my Vibram Five Fingers and it was great. I actually had fun running. I have been dealing with plantar fasciitis issues as you all know, and since I've tried almost everything that was offered by doctors and therapists, I decided to try the Vibram Five Fingers approach.

My heel is actually a little better than it usually is in the morning and I do have some sore muscles that I never had before, but overall I feel good. The ball on my left foot is a little tender, but not bad.

It felt really good to run through the woods feeling like I had no shoes on. It is definitely a strange feeling, but after a couple minutes, you tend to settle in and feel like a kid for some reason. Even though it was only a mile, I felt like I got a decent workout and I felt like I could run much longer. I was cautious because I know I am suppose to ease into these and also while still having heel pain, I did not want to overdo it.

As of now I love the new shoes. I will continue to post updates as I gain more experience and mileage in the Vibram shoes.


  1. Keep easing in to it slowly, you are correct on taking that approach. I found out hard way that pushing it doesn't work. Started in VFFs last September and ran my first marathon in them 2wks ago. I've done over 20 marathons, but this felt like my first and I felt young again doing it. Love VFFs they have me custom orthotic free for first time in a decade. Good luck w/ them and your quest for 1/2 IM.

  2. Thanks for the input. Have a great weekend.

  3. Oh man, I feel hopeful. I've been off w/P.F. for 7 mo since my last marathon in middle of 60 mile per week ultra training on trails, and years of struggle before that since my first 70.3. I've tried all the things you listed in your blog, Craig, and nothing works. So the VFF sounds like a good thing to give a whirl. Would love to hear more about how you went this route.