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!

Alan's first half-marathon in his fivefinger KSOs

Alan's first half-marathon in his fivefinger KSOs

Alan Thwaits photoed above before a recent 10-K he ran in his black KSO fivefingers

Alan Thwaits, our very own "AlanT" on the forums, recently completed his first half-marathon, the Run for the Grapes half marathon in St. Catherines, Ontario—in his black KSO fivefingers. I asked Alan if he'd mind I share a bit from his blog post on the race, his second in KSOs (First was a 10K):

Sunday’s Run for the Grapes half marathon went really well. It was second race in my Vibram Fivefingers KSOs and my first KSO-equipped longer distance race (the first was the Underwear Affair 10K a couple of weeks ago). Here are the stats:

Finishing time: 2:07:45
Pace: 6:04
Category placement (men 60 – 64) 7/12
Gender placement: 189/244
Overall placement: 305/451

That’s not bad at all, considering that I’ve really only been running in my KSOs for three weeks. Before that, I took about four weeks off training because of injuries I’d sustained from overdoing it when I started running barefoot. But the healing process went well, and my “on the fly” three week training program got me to the half marathon. ...

I got lots of interest in the KSOs, all the way from cute comments to serious enquiries. Interestingly, the more experienced runners said they’d heard or read good things about them, and wanted to talk about transitioning from conventional shoes and whether running in Fivefingers might help alleviate long-standing injuries. One young runner said he already had a pair of Fivefingers Sprints, and was just beginning to transition from conventional shoes. After the race, I had a couple of long conversations with runners who said they would seriously consider buying VFFs. I think I might have made some converts!

You'll have to go to Alan's blog, The Road to Comrades, for the rest. Also, check out why he runs while you're there.

Thank you Alan for both your contributions on the forum and for sharing your experiences running and racing.

Javier tours Turkey in black KSO fivefingers

Javier tours Turkey in black KSO fivefingers
Javier tours Turkey in black KSO fivefingers
Javier tours Turkey in black KSO fivefingers
Javier tours Turkey in black KSO fivefingers

Javier sent in the above photos from a trip he took to Turkey earlier this year. From top to bottom you can see Javier in his black KSO fivefingers in Cappadocia, Ephesus, and Priene, Turkey. Here's what he had to say about the trip and his KSOs:

Took my black KSOs all over Turkey in Spring 2009. Ruins, trails, even bustling Istanbul. They got a lot of smiles, especially at the street markets. I even had a guy stop me and ask me where he could get a pair!

I've also converted 3 coworkers :) I love these 'shoes'!

-J

Fivefingers continue to prove the instant cultural icebreaker as people travel around the world! Thanks, Javier!

Dave's Classic FiveFingers

Dave's Classic FiveFingers
Dave's Classic FiveFingers
Dave's Classic FiveFingers

Don't adjust your screen, those peculiarly-colored Vibram Classic fivefingers really are that green and yellow.

I received the above photos from Dave (a.k.a. vfftriathlete) showcasing his Nike Air Rifts, green/yellow Classic fivefingers, and grey/orange Classic VFFs. The green and yellow color combination is one I've never seen from Vibram.

I asked Dave what he'd been using his VFFs for, and wanted to know more about the green and yellow Classics and the Nike Air Rifts, specifically. Here's what Dave had to say:

Justin,

Done a little running in the classics not a great deal, spent most of the time hanging out in them in pub restaurants hotels etc when working away. Also used them exclusively at the gym—can’t remember the last time I wore sneakers to the gym. Now use them for general slip into to go outdoors and general day to day wear. Now my half marathon is out of the way I do intend to up my running in vff’s either classics or kso’s.

I haven’t got the green and yellow ones anymore so can’t tell you the exact combo. They didn’t fit to well so I gave them to a friend to get him into vibrams. Finally the nikes are nike air rift split toe sneakers and before the vibrams along with aquasocks (watershoes) where the most minimalist sneakers I had.

Cheers

Dave

Enjoy extending your VFF use to running, Dave!

Barefoot Running in the Irish Times (And another shot of the upcoming fivefinger Bikilas!)

05.06.10 - The Vibram Five Fingers Bikila is out!

An article titled Bare feet or funny feet? by Paul Cullen appeared in the Irish Times today. The piece discusses the emerging trend around barefoot running, Christopher McDougall's Born to Run, and of course, Vibram fivefingers. Here's a great blurb about Cullen's foray into barefoot running, a run-in with some sort of foot rash, and his first pair of Spider-man shoes:

Back in Ireland, I took my first barefoot run through the Phoenix Park on April Fools’ Day, which seemed appropriate. The ground felt cold as I padded forward gingerly. Like a bomb disposal expert, my eyes scanning the ground for danger. Your feet hit the ground with a reassuring thwack when running barefoot, and your toes come into play far more than in shoes. The coast was clear, it seemed, apart from some deer droppings, and soon I had picked up the pace and was enjoying the experience.

And so it went for some weeks, until disaster struck. Not a cut from broken glass, but a hive-like skin rash whose most likely cause was a plant (ragwort?). There was nothing for it but to stop; the rash disappeared.

All was not lost, once my FiveFingers arrived in the post from Italy.

To meet the growing demand from runners who want the thrill of barefooting without the risk, manufacturers – in this case, Vibram – have come up with ultra basic shoes that provide protection without messing with the benefits of going barefoot.

If Spiderman wore shoes, they’d look like FiveFingers; appallingly ugly but surprisingly comfortable foot gloves made of rubber and plastic. There are individual sleeves for each toe, which entails a bit of wiggling, but I found them easy to run in. I did miss the squelch of the earth beneath my soles but no longer had to keep my eyes peeled for shards of glass.

All said, another great bit of PR for Vibram fivefingers (now if only supply could catch up with demand, right?).

But it doesn't stop there! Astute reader Noah glimpsed on the IrishTimes website a thumbnail photo of what appeared to be another color option for the upcoming, Spring 2010 fivefingers Bikila.

We'd previously only seen a gray/green version for men and a pink/orange version for women. So this was a new find!

To really go the extra mile, Noah contacted the Irish Times reporter and actually got a higher-res version of the image to share here on birthdayshoes! Check it out (click for a larger version):

As you might recall, the Bikila is slated for a Spring 2010 release — I seem to recall hearing February mentioned, so we're inside six months!

Way to sleuth, Noah! Thank you!