I decided to run in my Vibrams today. For those unfamiliar, the Vibram Five Fingers are like foot gloves. My wife calls them “gorilla shoes”, and I agree that they look ridiculous. Looks aside, the shoes provide protection from the ground but no cushioning or support, meant to simulate running barefoot.
When I’ve run in them on the concrete, I’ve found that I was more sensitive to the pain in my feet. At several points, I wondered if I was going to injure myself of develop plantar fascitis, a common accusation against barefoot shoes (though it is also argued the other way).
However, I also have never enjoyed running so much as when I run in my Vibrams on grass. I actually felt like I was flying at one point, and thought to myself, “so this is what people mean when they talk about the ‘joy of running'”.
Because of these two conflicting feelings, every time I run I am torn about which shoes to wear. I am planning to run a 10k in a few weeks on the concrete, as well as the 10 mile Mudder on softer, uneven terrain.
So do I train in my Sauconys (to cushion my feet from the concrete) or my Vibrams (to strengthen my feet and get used to running on uneven terrain)?
Today I picked a course that had a reasonable amount of grass paths, and planned to run until I hit 5 miles or my feet started hurting.
I hit 5 miles first and felt like I could have gone 5 more.
We’ll see how my feet respond. But running in my Vibrams almost made me enjoy running. And I’ve never said that before.
I finished the workout with stretching, 30″ box jumps, and then a CrossFit triplet of bench (135#), pullups and ring dips.
Bring on the Mudder!
Question: Anyone actually enjoy running? What makes it so enjoyable?