Alrighty. I’ve had these bizarre things for a couple of weeks now.
And I maintain that they’re pretty bizarre, which was sort of my impression when I bought them, but I figured I’d give them a shot. A couple of people have asked how I’m liking them, so I thought I’d give a little update.
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve worn them running a handful of times – just for a few minutes, never more than a mile – before switching in to my regular shoes and finishing the run. I will fully admit that I have been toying with them mostly out of curiosity, and not out of any strong desire to become a member of the Cult of the Barefoot.
- While running, they are rather unpleasant. I’m slapping the concrete like it insulted my momma and I feel like I’ve gained about 50 pounds. (Running on dirt or a rubberized track would undoubtedly be more pleasant. But that isn’t at all convenient for my everyday runs, unfortunately.)
- My calves definitely feel tight after I run in them – not so much right then, but the next day. From what I understand, that is to be expected. (I tend to run on my mid-foot in regular shoes anyway, which results in perpetually tight calves, so I don’t know that being in the Vibrams really changed my stride all that much, but the lack of cushion was definitely a change.)
- Pretty sure I look like a loon running around downtown Raleigh in these things.
- As much as I’m not a fan of them for running, I am surprisingly smitten with just wearing them around. They are really, really comfortable. I wear them to the grocery store (shut up) and occasionally the bar (no really, shut up).
I know people have strong opinions when it comes to the whole minimalist/barefoot versus traditional shoe thing. Honestly, I really don’t. Having given it quite a bit of thought over the last year or so, I think the theory behind barefoot/ultra-minimal/zero-heel-drop running makes sense, but, like…shoes are pretty nice, too. And as one of my favorite internet running buddies is fond of saying, our ancestors ran without sports bras too, and I’m not about to give those up.
And you know what? You can reap some of the benefits of going barefoot without spending $90 on a pair of foot gloves. Doing barefoot strides after a workout as a great way to strengthen those little muscles. Choosing a lighter, more flexible trainer also gets you a little closer to nature. (There are so many of these on the market right now, it makes my head spin.)
Anyway, the bizarre toe shoes will definitely stay in rotation as a training tool. If I lifted weights, I’d lift weights in them (but we all know that I don’t.) We have a beach trip planned for the summer, and I’ll definitely bring them along for some beach running.
And for wearing to the bar? Most definitely. I might even wear them with my compression sleeves to complete the look.
Today’s EAT: Gah, I have a shit-ton of fresh basil to use up right now! How’s that for a white girl problem?
So I had a big pile of fresh mozzarella with basil for lunch. I can pretty much make a meal out of cheese any day.
Today’s DRINK: Catching up on a weekend wine…
This Lucinda + Millie Organic Chardonnay, sipped on Friday night alongside crab cakes, was wonderful. Very fruity with lots of apple and pear and a little orange, but not overly sweet. At $9, it was a great bottle that I’d buy again!
Today’s RUN: Was hot. Seriously hot. It’s only April and I fear that it’s time to switch over to morning workouts…until, like November. I’m crying inside. I hate mornings.
But I hate slogging through miserable evening runs more, so oh well.
Last week was a weird week, with lots of rest days:
M – 7 easy (1:00, 8:34 pace)
Tu – OFF
W – 2.2 easy (18:40, 8:29 pace)
Th – OFF
F – 13 long run, mixed bridle and trails (2:03:55, 9:32 pace)
Sa – OFF
Su – 7.3 easy, greenway, (1:13, 10:00 pace) + 4 w/3 at tempo, treadmill, (31:04, 7:42 pace)
Total: 33.5 miles. I suppose that’s not bad for a 4-day week.
Today’s QUESTION: Have you ever tried Vibrams or the like? Would you try them? Am I a douchebaguette for wearing them to the bar? Actually, don’t answer that last one…
(Edit: I don’t know why the paragraph spacing in this post is so wonky. I can’t seem to fix it. I’m going to just blame WordPress and go to bed, because I don’t feel like staying up all night trying to figure it out.)