Doing the Ultimate Hike in FiveFingers - Help Alejandra Out!

Doing the Ultimate Hike in FiveFingers - Help Alejandra Out!

The following is a guest post by Alejandra Aldana

On May 4, 2013, I will be participating in Ultimate Hike, a 28.3 mile hike benefiting CureSearch for Children's Cancer. My goal is to not only complete this very long hike in one day, but also help raise awareness and $2500 in funds for CureSearch.

CureSearch for Children's Cancer, a National Childhood Cancer Foundation, funds and supports targeted and innovative children's cancer research with measurable results, and is the authoritative source of information and resources for all those affected by children's cancer. CureSearch funds both local and national research, ensuring that a cure will be found as quickly as possible.

I have decided to take this challenge for a number of reasons. I want the opportunity to help give back to those affected by cancer as well as improve my life and fitness. Part of what I hope to accomplish other than raising funds for children in need is becoming part of a community and pushing my boundaries.

I plan on completing the 28.3 miles completely in my Vibram Five Fingers and while many people are advising me against it, I just don't see myself doing it without them. It is going to take a lot of building my feet up, but I am more than confident I will be able to do so. If you are able to donate to my fundraising that would be great. If not that will be fine, too. What I would love to get out of this, is the opportunity to share my journey with others. There is nothing more powerful and exhilarating than a sense of community for a great cause. If you are interested in joining me on my minimalist journey please let me know as soon as possible (we have already started our first training session). If you would like to help follow and share me and my cause you can do so at 10littlepiggies.tumblr.com.

You can also donate directly by following this link.

Thanks again for your support and encouragement!

New site feature: Birthday Shoes polls!

I've long wanted to add a polling feature to the main blog* and I'm happy to announce that it's now active: you can vote on the current poll, which I anticipate updating weekly, on right rightmost column of the blog. I hope to use this feature to help aggregate feedback, add a layer of depth to the site, and help others get a sense for the community! Check it out!

For all you feed subscribers, that means you need to check in on the site every once in awhile to vote!

Finally, you might notice that from time to time the topmost blog post will have a different layout than subsequent posts. That's the "featured post" ... er ... feature. Love it? Hate it? Let me know.

* User polls are often being created on the forums!

VFFs for Christmas!

Looks like a lot of people got their Christmas wish granted — a new pair of FiveFingers!
Looks like a lot of people got their Christmas wish granted — a new pair of FiveFingers!

It seems a number of "nice" boys and girls got the Christmas gift of free feet from Santa this year!

Above at the top of the collage is Sandra sporting her new Sprint Five Fingers:

Here's a photo of my Christmas present VFF's! At first I was mortified! Now I am giddy to try them out. I read "Born To Run" and the whole minimal-shoewear running trend is fascinating to me!

Welcome to the club, Sandra! Just take it nice and slow as you not only acclimate your biomechanics to VFF-shod running, but also begin the slow rebuilding and rehabilitation of your feet! Just be patient and enjoy the process!

Next, bottom left of the collage, comes word from Myrtle Beach — Logan in his KSO Treks and his daughter, who received her first pair of "Mary Jane" VFF Sprints for Christmas. Logan captioned the photo:

My beat up Treks and my daughter's new Sprints. Santa came through big time.

Finally, at bottom right of the collage, we have a before and after shot of Seth's feet, bare and KSO-clad. Seth's KSO FiveFingers are his first pair:

Ive been wanting a pair for 6 months and just now got them.

Merry Christmas to you all and enjoy the comforts of your newfound toe shoes!

Chad's Thunder Road Marathon in KSO Treks

Chad Randloph is seen running in the Thunder Road marathon in Charlotte.  He's wearing his KSO Treks plus a couple pairs of Injinji socks for added warmth.  Chad had his best marathon time in three years and eight marathons in this race!  Congrats, Chad!
Chad Randloph is seen running in the Thunder Road marathon in Charlotte. He's wearing his KSO Treks plus a couple pairs of Injinji socks for added warmth. Chad had his best marathon time in three years and eight marathons in this race! Congrats, Chad!

Got an update from Chad Randolph (@chad_randolph on twitter) who just ran the Thunder Road marathon in Charlotte in his KSO Treks (plus two layers of Injinji socks!).

You might recall Chad shared his initial thoughts, which were mixed, on the KSO Treks here.

Here's what Chad had to say about the run and how his Treks performed:

Hello Justin,

You may recall from my last dispatch that I had mixed feelings regarding the performance of my new Vibram Fivefinger Treks. I felt that while they performed well on roads and simple trails they didn't hold up well on technical single track.

I'm pleased to say that they have redeemed themselves, though in a way in which was unexpected.

Since I had worn a hole in my KSOs I was now using my Treks for all my running, which has been 50-60 miles per week. So when my next marathon came around I had to decide whether or not to roll with them in the race.

Charlotte's Thunder Road marathon took place on Saturday, Dec. 12th under overcast and cold conditions. The temperature was in the mid-20's at the start and never really got over 40 degrees. I was concerned about frostbite on my feet and toes; it's one thing to run in the cold for a little bit but another thing entirely to spend nearly four hours outside wearing thin footwear. So I decided to wear two pair of Injinji socks and hope for the best.

I'll spare you the details of the race other than to say that I felt great for the duration and didn't have any issues with my feet. The added thickness of the Treks made the asphalt and concrete roads a non-issue, and the kangaroo leather coupled with the double socks kept my feet warm.

I ended up with a chip time of 3:35:38, which isn't spectacular but it's my fastest of eight marathons over the past three years. I fielded a number of questions about my Vibram Fivefinger Treks during the first few miles of the race (as well as overhearing nearby runners making incredulous comments).

Next big race on my agenda will combine the best of both on- and off-road running, a 50k in January 2010, and I plan on wearing my new best friends, the Treks.

Chad Randolph

Congratulations on your excellent time, Chad! And thanks for sharing your additional thoughts on the KSO Trek. It's good to know the Treks preform well on and off the road, and that the added thickness counts for something in cold weather conditions!

Chad has previously been seen on BirthdayShoes here, here, and here.

Latest Vibram Five Fingers Reviews 12/20/09

This week's lastest V5F reviews includes one from Boris, who reviews the elusive and discontinued Five Fingers Surge:

  • Review - Vibram Five-Finger Surge at Life in Training [Surge]:

    This may not seem like much but in cooler water this is important as well as the fact that they reach higher up the leg allowing you to tuck your wet suit in and eliminate any gap between the shoe and the wetsuit. To put it simply they will keep you warm, but don't be fooled by that as they are not cold water shoes, with 2mm thickness they won't work for freezing water as you'll need a pair of old school water-shoes with some 5-6mm thickness to keep from losing a toe or two.

  • Running With Vibram’s 5 Fingers “Barefoot” Shoes by Brian Wong [Sprint]:

    I must say, I’ve grown quite attached to my Vibrams. I feel great running in them and using normal shoes just makes me feel like I’m wearing clumsy flippers.

    Also, the first week of using them caused my shins and calves to ache a lot! So I guess it is true that you will mobilize muscles that you don’t normally use with normal running shoes.

  • Get your kicks: Vibram Five Fingers at Rogue Rundown [Sprint]:

    I would recommend for most that if you are going to run in them—and you should, if only for a mile or two, just for the experience—that you ease into them, let your body rewire and recalibrate, rather than just put them on and knock out ten kilometers or whatever. The first time I ran in them, I ran maybe a mile, maybe a bit less. After about thirty seconds, my body had mechanically adapted—my stride was shorter, my steps lighter, I stood much more upright. But the thing I noticed greater than anything was that I wanted to keep running, I wanted to run more. So I only ran a mile or so the first few times, because I’m older and wiser and am thankful to be able to run, and I certainly didn’t want to screw that up.

  • Review: Vibram Five Fingers KSO Trek bu John Biggs at CrunchGear.com [KSO Trek]:

    I found these shoes to be on par with the Classics in terms of range of motion and protection. I ran down the icy streets of Jozefow, Poland, where my in-laws are, with nary a slip or slide and I wore these shoes without socks in sub-freezing weather, much to my mother-in-law’s chagrin.

For last week's latest Vibram Five Fingers reviews, go here.

Will Reminisces on Warmer Times in VFF Sprints

"Dear Diary, Let's face it, diary. Chicks can't keep their toes off me."
"Dear Diary, Let's face it, diary. Chicks can't keep their toes off me."

Justin,

I was poking through some of my photos on Flickr and came across the attached shot from September. It made me miss the extended warm weather and out door running we had in Wisconsin this year. I've been running indoors all winter because of asthma. I do, at least, enjoy the funny looks I get at the gym running in the VFFs!

Hurry up, winter!

VFF my BFF,
-Will

I imagine it's quite cool in Wisconsin now! Stay warm, Will!