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« on: October 25, 2014, 12:10:34 PM »

I need help with transitioning!!!

I have been wearing my Alitzas as my everyday shoes for 5 months now. I'm in them for roughly 14+ a day. I have an office job, but I do take the stairs up and down 11 flights twice a day 4 days a week and I average about 8-10,000 steps a day. Other than bike riding, I haven't been doing any other sort of exercising and definitely no running.

I signed up for a 5K that's in just over 4 weeks. I really want to wear my Vibrams, but I'm trying to figure out if it's going to be possible or not. I ran 1.5 miles two days in a row in them and my calves are KILLING me. I've watched many videos and I'm confident that I'm running properly in them. I thought that because they've been my everyday shoe for some time now, I would transition easier. Maybe that's not the best thinking?

All advice welcome!!
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2014, 06:18:22 PM »

Sorry to be blunt, but unless you want to end up injured 4 weeks is not going to happen...  I'd reconsider and perform your run in good ol padded sneakers...  If you really want to follow through with transitioning to minimalist foot coverings, take it SLOW.   

Search on here for TMTS or Too much Too Soon...  For the average person I'd say 4 months isn't realistic based on the number of muscles that need strengthened and time required to learn/adapt form.

There is a wealth of information on here!  I will also say if you take your time, it is a very rewarding and worthwhile path..  Just not a path to take unprepared or without proper preparation....
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