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« on: September 07, 2010, 10:37:54 AM »

Hi All!

I recently decided that I wanted to get back into running and have been hearing from a number of people that minimalist running is the way to go.

I went out and got a pair of KSOs (Grey/palm) - I LOVE THEM! I have been wearing them to walk around with my injinjis etc.

Started running in them (about 1mi - just starting back up running)

I want to run a 3.5 mile race in mid-October in my VFFs, but I had some questions as to the natural progression regarding getting back into the swing of things in running..

Should I start running in something like Nike Frees or can I jump right into my KSOs?

Haven't running anything more that a few hundred feet in like 3 years...


Thank you!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2010, 12:28:37 PM »

Welcome to BirthdayShoes!

Go easy on the mileage and keep it low on the outset.  A lot of us have gotten excited about training for races in our VFFs and quit a few, myself included, have come down with injuries either before or after an event.  3.5 miles might seem short, but if the bones and muscles and tendons in your foot have been weakened from walking in shoes it might be best to avoid running the 3.5 mile race in your VFFs.  When I'm not running in my VFFs, I like to run in a cheap pair of Turntecs because there isn't much padding, but it's considerably more than the VFFs.  I alternate the VFFs and Turntecs during the week.  Thus far, I'm only running twice a week in my VFFs (and no more than 3 miles per run) and the rest in Turntecs.  I had a running injury back in late May (top of the foot pain) because I ran too much in my VFFs, so now I'm doing a slow transition...
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2010, 01:43:45 PM »

Welcome! Smiley

(Seconding the advice to transition slowly, either by running fewer miles, or by alternating VFF and regular miles.)
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2010, 06:11:00 PM »

Thanks so much for the advice!!

I've been running 1-1.5 miles x3 days a week (Mon-Wed-Thurs) in my KSO's mainly on grass..

Thinking I'll keep that up and increase by .33 or .5 miles a week if my feet feel good..

What do you guys think?

I'm trying to avoid having to buy another pair of thinner shoes

I like the VFFs because they don't give me aches and pains for a day or two later like my asics do.

Thank you!

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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2010, 06:15:19 PM »

Sounds like you're on the right track!  Everyone's transition is different because it depends a lot on the condition of the muscles, so it depends what type of shoes you're used to and how much you're used to going barefoot.  Best advice is to listen to your body, if your calves or feet are sore then take a break.  Have fun!
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2010, 09:04:48 PM »

Thanks!!

Took a light jog in them today - 1 mile.... feet feel fine!

I LOVE MY NEW VFFs!!
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