Vibram five fingers

Which pair for distance running.

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15/03/2013 at 17:46

NOTE: Going straight for a 5K run is TOO MUCH unless you've already been running in minimalist, or at least zero/minimal heel-toe drop, shoes. Try 1/2 mile to start with and work up from there. You may be able to do a bit more, since you say you're used to walking around barefooted, but better to try a bit and find you can do more, rather than assuming you can go straight for 5K then finding out you've knackered your calves...

(I don't wear FFs myself - tried a pair on and they were too narrow - but I do all my running now in VB Neo/Neo trail).

15/03/2013 at 17:59
Thanks for the advice

It's appreciated, sounds like it really is going to be dramatically different, I'm looking forward to it, sounds like starting again. May 6th will be my second mara a year to the week after I did my first run.

I guess just do a little bit in them until then and use them more seriously after that.
17/03/2013 at 20:40

Booktrunk, am not stalking you (honest).

I too am awaiting deliver of my Bilikas (though not pink) and my main question is the best way to transition from 'normal' running shoes? My first marathon isn't until the end of September (Loch Ness) and training starts proper the beginning of May. If I can build up to running 3 miles in the bilikas by then would it be ok to do my short easy runs in them and gradually increase the distance until I can use them for my LSR and possible the Marathon?

17/03/2013 at 20:52
Have a look on the homepage they have a training program which they say is a 13 week plan to get you fully running in them.... But, it says some can do it in weeks, others can take Upto a year!!

Have a look on here http://www.vibramfivefingers.it/education_why_barefoot.aspx

It's you can see in this thread taking it easy is important to begin with, so I think that I will start in the first moth just getting some little runs in completely separate from my training program, so it's just a quiet little training on the side

But hey we can find out together per the next few weeks
18/03/2013 at 13:45

Txs Booktrunk and yes, we can compare notes

Never one to do things by halves I just ordered a DIY pair of Huaraches as well

19/03/2013 at 13:07

I've taken a pair of Komodo Sport from 5k to 20 mile and plan on running London in them.

Advice for anyone considering adopting these shoes;

  1. Wear them in gently and slowly
  2. Work on calf exercises to strengthen
  3. Use the measuring tool to find your best size (they measure differently from regular shoes)
  4. Buy the socks for them to avoid blisters and a rancid stink
  5. Enjoy

I won't go back to regular shoes as my main pair now, the comfort is miles better and my running has improved dramatically. It took me two months to get back up to speed but I know it varies for everyone, just run how you feel.

Edited: 19/03/2013 at 13:09
19/03/2013 at 13:13
They arrived hurrah and they fit just. My left foot is virtually a whole size bigger. So right slightly loose and left is tight but it fits might have to wear 1 sock hehe anyway they fit. Have my first run in 2 weeks tonight after a knee injury, so... Doing a gentle 5k in normal trainers, then maybe a 1/2m / 1km spin in these
19/03/2013 at 18:57
Woohoo.

5.1km in Asics 2170s followed by 1 km in my VFF's they felt very different quite distracting when you look down

It felt to me as if I ran a lot more upright in them, as if without realising it I'm slouching in my other trainers.

Lack of padding felt fine.

But, after I got home and sat down I have a slight ache in calves so i know I've been working in them

All in all fun, and very exciting!
19/03/2013 at 19:32

One word booktrunk - DOMS (ok, 4 words really) and look forward to how you are Thursday

Mine came but way too big so after a few phonecalls and re-measure have ordered Size 8 - my Riot 4's are 9.5!!!!! Tonight I'll be lacing up my Huaraches from Invisible Shoes

Good advice Shanko and have some calf exercises that I already do.

19/03/2013 at 21:02
Yes these are euro 38 my asics 2170s are 40.5 so a huge difference.

Complete opposites tight & snug compared to loose with tons of toe space.
19/03/2013 at 22:23

Am even more jealous now but wandering around in my Huaraches so ner ner

19/03/2013 at 22:45

I got the kit for the huraches - just before doing my tendon in in November. Must get around to cutting off the excess, stabbing the hole and working out how to lace them up now spring is on its way (well, by dates, anyway).

Booktrunk: now you know why we suggested short distances to start. Note: do NOT try to keep up on your toes. Your heel IS supposed to touch the ground, just not first.

19/03/2013 at 22:55
Yes worked that heel touching down bit out looking forward to running in them quite often but in small doses
19/03/2013 at 23:18

@BT, maybe you (we) should start another thread if there isn't one already? I've been forestriking on the patio whilst having my fags and letting my heel drop, it takes some thought for me but am sure it will come good soon enough

@Debra, I have a big pen mark where I want to cut and currently laced up for the 'slip on' version, works a treat and looking forward to putting them through their paces (so to speak). Have you seen the invisible shoe vids? am going to try the method where the knot isn't between your toes and play with lacing styles.

05/04/2013 at 20:34

How are the Bikilas Steph? I've not been out in mine for ages and tried .6 of a mile this evening jogging round the block.

06/04/2013 at 22:32
Good but still only going once a week due to getting close to my marathon.

Wore them whilst out shopping n walking today.

So walked 5k with dog plus 3 hours around shops.

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