Posts tagged ‘vibrams’

January 22, 2012

Why Minimalist Running Resulted in a Stress Fracture & Why I’m Still Doing It

There actually is a piece of footwear that causes strangers to stare more than vibrams do, and this fall, I wore it for 6 weeks.
I also had a “going out option” for when I wanted to look even cuter: No lie — the podiatrist called it a “going out boot”.

Over the summer, I was training for an October half marathon in Vibrams. This didn’t end up being the smartest thing a new minimalist runner could do — if you’re curious, here’s the post where I decided to accept that I was injured and stop running so much. After 2 wasted months (and many wasted dollars) of the podiatrist not trusting my google-diagnosis of “Stress Fracture in the Outermost Metatarsal” (which ended up being 100% correct) and having him inject me with cortisone numerous times, the MRI revealed a little stress fracture & I was instructed to wear the Boot for 4-6 weeks.

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September 30, 2011

On Not Running

So many of us who struggle with weight stuff get into this constant mode of “exercise exercise exercise you need to exercise if you want to be healthy GO GO GO It’s good for your body and good for you RUN RUN RUN WHY ARE YOU NOT EXERCISING? Oh, I guess it’s because you’re a lazy butt GO TO THE GYM.

or something

But way more important that exercising, I think, is to listen to your body, and, when this is what your body is telling you: maybe stop running so much in the vibrams.

I’ve got some tendonitis in my pinky-toe foot tendon area, and haven’t been able to run for almost a month now. I’m best friends with my foot doctor, and after the cortisone shot I got on Wednesday and the anti-inflammitories I am poppin’, it should be better within the next week or so, which is great.

My initial frustration with getting injured was very brief, and, to be honest, I was pretty proud of myself for not being a dramatic baby and curling up with a pint (I’m talking ice cream, but if you’re thinking beer, that’s fine, too) & a box of granola on the sofa, taking this as a sign that I was destined for eternal fathood.

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August 29, 2011

Thanks for the wisdom, Knee Doctor

I am too fat to be a runner and I should swim instead.

That’s what the sports medicine knee doctor told me. The man I had to wait a month to see. The man I am sure I will have to pay a bajillion dollars for the twelve minutes of his time that I got.

“You’re built like a swimmer,” he says, “maybe a triathloner. Runners are about 110 pounds.”

Yeah, I sure see a lot of fat swimmers and triathloners–they’re all over the place! It’s a miracle that I didn’t stab this man, let alone curse him out.

“Well, I started running when I was 260 pounds,” I say, to show that, while I am fat, I could be fatter. “I build up slowly, in a smart way. And I get the pain when I cycle, too.”

“You’ve lost some weight. You’re doing too much, too fast. You have to stop pushing yourself. Cross training is good.”

He’s such a brilliant man. I should open up a sports medicine branch with my associate, Google.

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August 15, 2011

You Should Just Go Try On Vibrams

I’m serious. They have real life-changing potential, and I don’t want any of you to miss out. 

Trying them on is not a big deal. Staff at athletic type stores are used to curious people coming in just to check out these curious shoes and, since they’re such a change from typical sneakers, it’s reasonable to leave without buying them (“wow, these are so neat and different! I have to do some more research and think about if I really want these kinds of shoes — I’ll be back if I decide they’re for me!”).

Just try them on. See what you think. I’m going to try to keep the soapboxing to a minimum — I really just think these shoes are great and make sense and I want everyone to have them.

Here’s my list of Why I Think Everyone Should Try On Vibrams.

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June 22, 2011

A Vibram Five-Finger Update

So I’ve had these crazy toe shoes for about two months now, and I’ve just gotten to the point where  I can go out and run for an hour+ like I used to do in sneakers.

The pain I had in my leg that eventually brought on this whole vibram curiosity? Completely a thing of the past. My entire running form has completely changed, and with every additional vibram run, I find something else to tweak in order to make running more natural and more comfortable.

Back straight, hips forward, upper body relaxed, knees up, heels kicking back, legs circling through, almost pedaling over the ground. The consistency in momentum is kind of remarkable with this running form — it’s not pavement pounding, it’s pavement gliding, I’d say, or maybe pavement…cycling? Whatever it is,  it’s a LOT more fun.

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June 1, 2011

The Best Run. Ever.

I just got back from the best run of my life.

Well, I wrote this on Monday afternoon and now it is Wednesday night. But I’m not changing the tense because I don’t want to.

So yes. I just got back form the best run of my life.

My iPod battery was dead, I wasn’t anywhere near my favorite paths, I forgot my heart rate monitor, it was 88 degrees, humid, and overcast.

Not exactly ideal conditions, huh?

But it was So. Much. Fun. Probably the most fun I have ever had running, actually. These vibrams continue to make me into a completely different runner. But I’ll do more of a Vibram update in another post — here I want to write about the surprising joy of the run I just finished, because it was like nothing else I’ve experienced. And I am so relaxed and happy and sort of in awe of what running can be and can feel like.

Damn, these Vibrams are making me into a crazy hippie. I’m even laying out in the park, handwriting this post. Still sweaty from the run, still wearing the “shoes,” and just feeling amazing.

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May 26, 2011

The Recent Healthy Life Things I’ve Been Up To

Did you know that one of the cardinal rules of blogging is to never do anything remotely close to apologizing or feeling guilty for not being the most consistent of bloggers? I’m grateful for that–it makes it much easier for this to be something which fits into my life, instead of something around which I feel obligated to shape my life.

Rather than come back at you all with a standard post, which, seems impossible when looking at this pile of photos I have taken for Blog over the past few weeks, I’ll life update. Normally, I tend to stray from the “and then I did this and here’s a brain dump and nothing in here is anything that anyone else can make use of” blog content, but there’s probably stuff in here that others can take and stick in their own lives. Right?

Instead of blogging, I have been doing the following:

1. Biking on my new bike (and not Ironing)

between these two, the choice is quite easy.

2. Getting creative with polenta toppings and flavor palates

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April 25, 2011

Vibrams & Barefoot/Minimalist Running

I’ve logic-ed it out, and I think this barefoot running stuff makes sense.

I’ve had Vibrams for about a week, and they only have 2 miles on them so far (frequently ignored muscles quickly became sore), but I’m psyched to get my body adjusted to running in them. It might take a while, but it will definitely be worth it.

These Bikilas are Vibram’s running-specific shoe

Among other things, Running in Vibrams is just more fun than running in sneakers. With them on, I felt like I was bouncing along the pavement, naturally moving forward, rather than pounding through it, pushing myself forward with every foot strike. I was a little kid discovering the most natural and exciting thing I had ever found. And with every other runner I saw, I wondered if they knew what I was figuring out — I felt a little bit sneaky, like I had found some elevated awareness of what running was supposed to be. I felt like my whole body was involved in my run– I could feel the ground my feet were interacting with and I could feel my legs and muscles working in a completely different way. I felt each step. And I’m still thinking about this twenty-something minute run.

Running in Vibrams was like discovering a secret. And I’ll try to share that secret with you all, by talking a bit about the shoe itself, the difference in my running step with the Vibrams, and why I am psyched about how sore my calves were post-vibramed run. 

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