Josh Hughes

Thinking [Running] – Gait & barefoot

In Fitness on March 31, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Five Fingers

I have enjoyed running since high school. Yes. I enjoy running. Get over it.

Despite how much people hate running for lazy reasons, it can also be hatefully harsh on your body.  My father learned that with all the running he had to do in the Navy.  He would eventually have knee surgery for men 10-15 years his senior.Being that I really love running, I began researching options and information passionately.

Have you seen those weird 5 toes shoes walking around your city? Know someone who has a pair? Well, after many years of contemplation, I now have my own. A running expert talked to me about barefoot running and the kinds of running shoes I needed.  Evidently, running on trails and beach barefoot [or simulated barefoot] with a front footstrike is best for those with knee risks.

To runners, I fully suggest having your run tested and proper shoes bought for you.  Make sure it feels right and hit the pavement, beach, or trails.

  1. Although the transition to the Vibram Five Fingers has been rough (over due it and your calves are in AGONY!) I have found that I just enjoy running even more in them. There is less impact jarring my body, more connected to everything. I found them as I searched for the same reasons, and they definitely make a difference!

    • I went running in running shoes today but used forward foot strike. I can’t wait to take the vibrams out. Do you just use vibrams now? Do you wear those to the gym as well?

      I am interested in finding out how people that use these shoes transition to walking/working in other shoes..

      • I love my Vibrams. Unfortunately, I keep over-doing it because it is so much nicer to run in them. I hit mid-foot instead of forefoot, and have even gotten so that I do it in my normal shoes.

        I don’t work out at a gym right now, so I haven’t gotten to use them there. But as for how to switch – listen to what everyone says on line – slooowly. I have a pair of hand made boots with no heel rise at all to them, I wear those when I am not at work to help with the transitioning.

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