4 mile run
3 sets of:
50 jump ropes
25 plié squats
Hello friends and TGIF! Today I decided to run in my Vibram Five Fingers shoes. I don't typically run with Vibrams (because I'm totally a Newton girl); however, I tried them out today and I wasn't too thrilled about them. Perhaps I'm not used to running in them, which is why they felt uncomfortable, but truthfully, the feeling of being barefoot felt very awkward. I was concerned about my ankles and further injuring my knee.
So what exactly is barefoot or "minimalist" running? Minimalist running is a theory that states that runners should run without shoes. They believe that running barefoot will strengthen your feet and correct your stride. They argue that running with cushioned shoes will impair your foot's natural ability to run with proper strides. The most popular minimalist shoes are the Vibrams, New Balance Minimus and Nike Free Run. Minimalist shoes are lightweight, flexible and have a zero-drop sole. This means that the heel of the shoe is the same thickness as the rest of the sole. Since conventional shoes have a higher heel lift, minimalist runners argue that they create imbalances of strength and weakness and stiffness in the lower extremities thus resulting in injuries.
Rules to follow when trying minimalist shoes for the first time: A) You should be injury free, B) Start by wearing your new shoes for daily activities and progress to running and c) Make sure you are regularly stretching your calves and the bottom of your feet.
Stretching my calf muscles and feet.
Stretching my calf muscles.
Cons to wearing minimalist shoes: The possibility of injury from sharp surfaces and stress on muscles and tendons that haven't been conditioned for this type of running. There's also an increased risk of stress fractures, tendonitis, bruises and lacerations.
I personally don't think that it's completely safe to run a marathon in minimalist shoes. I think they are best used for shorter distance running and walking.
What are your thoughts on minimalist running?
I'm grateful for the delicious veggie spring
rolls that I bought at Publix. The sushi
chef made one especially for me =).