Fingertoes, update the second

For those of you who were mildly interested to read about my exploits wearing Vibram FiveFingers, you may be mildly interested in this.

At the same time that I want to be able to use these as strictly athletic shoes, I’ve been wearing my KSOs solid for over a week so that my foot muscles will have the opportunity to adjust. I’m trying to alter my step while I walk to more easily facilitate the change while I run, although I still have to actively think about how I’m stepping during both (after all, a week of walking differently isn’t going to erase the near-23-years of muscle memory from walking in mainstream shoes–or “foot coffins,” as my dental hygienist told me her FiveFingers-wearing running partner calls them). My feet were still pretty sore last week (despite wearing them off and on the week or so prior), but everything’s been smooth sailing (or stepping?) so far this week. For a better idea on how I’m trying to change my steps, check out the video on this NPR story.

With all this stepping on my mind, I went running for 20 minutes tonight (still working my way back up from my ankle injury, plus getting used to new shoes, so I’m taking it easy) successfully–no ankle pain, no extreme calf muscle tightness, no soreness in the top of my foot. Progress is slow, but sure. If things continue this well, then I’m considering procuring an extra pair of these babies for every-day wear so that my KSOs can remain strictly for their intended athletic use, and I can still wander around in comfy shoes all day that aren’t counterproductive to my running step.

I hope that was minimally interesting, enough so that you’re mildly intrigued for further updates on the subject in the near future.

Fingertoes

Well, it’s been a little over a week since I started wearing my FiveFingers. I’ve been trying to wear them in low-intensity situations (namely work at the flower shop) so that my feet can adjust. It’s not a question of blisters, since these are amazingly form-fitting shoes, I just need to give my foot muscles a break since they’re getting used more than they are in  my other shoes. I have tried running a few times in them, which demands a lot from your calves (since I’m shifting to running on the front of my foot).

Overall, I feel as though I’m walking around in my socks or slippers at home. And it’s spectacular to feel the shape of the ground underneath you, the plushness of the grass, without the awkward pain of taking steps on sticks, stones, and various fallen tree bits. I’ve drawn a lot of attention and questions from people while I’m out making deliveries during the day, and as our senior designer said, “They look comfortable, but you’re definitely not going to win a beauty contest in ’em.”

As I said, I’m only one week in–I’ll be back with more information on them and running (no ankle pain, finally) over the next couple of weeks as I adjust.

What the hell

Hurt something in my right ankle. AWESOME.

Things I hate about the gym

  1. People on their cell phones in the locker room, or worse yet, in the equipment rooms. In case you were not aware, the gym specifically mandates that people keep their phones put away because of several assholes using their camera phones in locker rooms a while back. And for the love of God, don’t talk on your phone while you are on a machine, especially when others are waiting to use it.
  2. Hey folks! If you are running just fast enough to pass people on the inner track lane but not faster than the person jogging/running and coming up behind you, then either speed up or wait to pass.
  3. Dear asshole who sees everyone on the track moving in the same direction: please follow the flow of traffic and walk in the same direction to get to the stretching/weights area at the back end of the track instead of walking against the flow of traffic in the runners’ passing lane.
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