i started in minimal shoes a few months ago, now run exclusivly in them, but hold back and just increase your mileage very slowly. I started off just doing a mile at the end of my run in them. now running over 30 miles a week. I still get stiff calfs after long runs.
If you had done plenty of research how could you fail to see all the advise of building up the running very slwoly to allow the calves time to adapt....i have only read the threads on here and learnt that fact ......
I love my nike free's, calves hurt like mad for the first 3 or 4 runs, but within a month I managed the Great North Run in them and smashed my PB. I rotated with my other running shoes so I didn't go out 2 days in a row until I was totally "adapted". I can't see me going back to other shoes soon, though I did bottle running my first marathon in them and stuck my Lunarglide's on at the last minute.
The only thing I noticed was that if your legs are so tired as to start heel striking than just walk - its safer. You soon get used to them.
Those mileages sound quite high - I've heard of people starting off with a few 100 meters to begin with and taking it very steady to get back to normal running.
I ran in a more traditional shoe today (Lunarglide+4) 8.75 miles - 3 miles off road - didn't really notice, though I've trained myself to mid/forefoot strike no matter the shoes (even do it in heavy leather hiking boots - don't ask, but did a 3 mile run boxing day in them!)
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Thanks again Gee Bee 2
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