We have written 2 pages about minimalist running since I posted last but the page I want to link this thread with has been put on the "back burner" for a month. We just need to polish up on some research before we finalise the page and these things can take time
In the meantime we have published 2 pages regarding minimalist running - one which explains the best way to make the transition to a minimalist shoe and another which is a guide to buying them:
I'm looking for some feedback from other runners who have ran in minimalist footwear - testimonials etc.
My wife and I are writing a webpage about minimalist running which will be published next week (we author www.myrunningtips.com )
We have about 2 years experience - my wife runs exclusively in minimalist footwear while I do most of my running barefoot nowadays and VFF at other times
The research papers and anecdotal evidence circling the web are mostly about runners who got injured (metatarsel fractures, for example) and we have little said about runners who have had a positive experience when going minimalist (maybe you have?)
As we understand it the underlining issue with the runners who injured themselves was that they failed to transition slowly enough for the bones and muscles to recover - in fact many of the runners we read about continued to run their normal weekly mileage (30-40 miles) when transitioning to minimalist footwear... oh my..!
I'm sure there are runners on here who have had good and bad experiences from running in minimalist footwear and with this in mind I wondered if you would share these experiences with us...
[Our own experience of running in minimalist footwear has been good. I have personally overcome an old knee problem by running both barefoot and minimalist vs conventional shoes. My wife Julie has had less ankle troubles - she used to have support bandages on her ankles constantly when she ran in padded shoes, now she has been bandage free for many months]
- BUT rather than giving our readers the benefit of only our own experiences, we also need some feedback from folks like you to give us a more complete picture
So feel free to tell us your experiences (good or bad) and be sure to include as much detail as you wish.
Thanks in advance for your replies
PS. I will link my page to this page when the posts appear, I won't just use your posts on my site.
thing is with the five fingers you just have to "transition" into them - ussing your existing shoes and doing some small distances in the five fingers (or any minimalist shoe) or, start from scratch in the fivefingers but start with small distances (1-2 miles) and increase by 1/8 mile per run, if you get pain step back and so on
main reason i went minimalist/barefoot was to attempt getting rid of a persistant knee problem (runners knee) - to early to tell if it's actually working (NO PAIN SO FAR!) - i'm still tiddling around with small distances but the research on barefoot running points to a more efficient running form so fingers crossed!
just remember if you do go minimal or (better) barefoot go very sloowwwly, build gradually and be mindful of your body's messages - so worth the effort though!!