As a barefoot/minimalist runner I like to keep just enough covering on my feet for the days that I’m not going 100% feet. On those days I opt for Vibram Five Fingers. Those funny looking toe shoes from Italy. I’m on my fifth pair, and see almost no reason to try any other shoe.
My VFF journey started out in Vibram Sprints, then KSO (Keep Stuff Out), then KomodoSport, and most recently the Bikila LS . After my experience with the KomodoSport I was hesitant to stick with VFF, but opted to give their running shoe, the Bikila LS, a shot.
When my Vibram Sprints finally wore out after 504 miles I was feeling pretty good about the brand. My alternate pair of KSOs (Keep Stuff Out) pulled off an impressive 576 miles (and counting).
Knowing it was only a matter of time before my KSOs would need replacing I hit up my local REI, tried on a few different models, and settled on the KomodoSports. They fit snug, had a double strap so I could tighten over the top and around the heel, and were fairly lightweight.
Every New Year’s Eve I tell myself I’m gonna be healthier. I start by saying I’m gonna run every day. Which quickly changes to every other day. And eventually settles on somewhere between three and five times a week.
I didn’t run every day this past year, but I did get my health in order. My running is up, weight is down, and chewing is out. For 2012 I’d like to ride that momentum and start something new. If you’re game I suggest you run an #Anywhere5K with me.
I’ve been a minimalist runner for going on three years. While I prefer going completely barefoot I do wear Vibrams when my feet need to recuperate or the pavement is hot as hell. The other day, after a week of sticking it to my feet, I slipped on my Vibrams and went for a 10-mile run with a group of friends.
The first four were clear and cool, the fifth was a bit drizzly, and the remaining five were a mixture of lightning, thunder, and torrential rain.
I’ve been running barefoot or with Vibram Five Fingers for going on three years. About three weeks ago I started running with bebeJosito in a BOB baby jogger. When I’ve got my Hobbit feet on the rubber soles lessen the impact of rocks, glass, sticks, and other debris that I step on. When I don’t, I can literally feel every single bump in the road. And, when I run with a stroller in front of me, my gait can sometimes be a little off.
Both shoe-free running and running with my son have been quite enjoyable. And both would play a part in the outcome of my latest run.