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« on: May 07, 2012, 10:43:53 AM »

So I just got into the whole minimalist thing and have been using Merrell True Gloves for a couple months.  I figured after reading this website so much I'd check out the whole VFF thing.  Im so glad I did!  I got a pair of Sprints on sale from City Sports (40 bucks!!) and wont turn back!  These things are amazing!  I cant wait to get my first real good workout in them under my belt.  I did a lot of walking this weekend but havent gone for a real run yet.  I have been strengthening my feet and legs since getting the Merrell shoes.  Anyone have any suggestions, tips, etc, on the best way to transition to VFF from another minimalist shoe without totally jacking myself up? 

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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2012, 02:39:25 PM »

Sprints are a very god choice for a first pair of VFF  Cool  enjoy!
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2012, 04:06:25 PM »

There are tons of treads about transitioning properly, do a little search with the keyword "transition", but to make a long story short go SLOW. Under a mile to start, increases of about 10% each time on non consecutive days. Forefoot strike with the heel touching almost immediately after, short fast strides, landing under your hips, relaxing the antierior tibialis (leg anterior muscle), lifting the lower leg without pushing off with the toes, standing straight (no bending at the hip) and head up, looking toward the horizon.
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2012, 05:02:25 PM »

I'd keep on the walking regiment a bit longer and then as Horserider indicated, start very slowly when dabbling in running.  This site is full of posts by people who failed to transition correctly.  Another thing to type in the search field is TMTS or too much too soon.  People will post their story and then others will add to it and give advice, which almost always equates to slow down and also take ample rest days in between.
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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2012, 10:48:14 PM »

Merrell soles are plenty thick compared to VFFs... be careful about TMTS (too much too soon). Merrells with the Trail sole also have a forefoot shock plate which means force is more evenly distributed across the forefoot. I'd concentrate on your form. You don't want to land on only one side of the forefoot.

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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2012, 04:36:58 PM »

Thanks everyone for responding!  I really appreciate the encouragement and support.  I took my first actual jog in my VFF sprints and noticed a big difference between those and the Merrells.  I feel like my calves and feet have gained a lot of strength from the merrells, so no real issues as far as that, but the blisters and rubbing spots on the tips of my big toes and the balls of my feet are a bit tender.  Anyone else experience that sort of rubbing?  If it is normal and I need to toughen up my feet a bit, thats cool.  Just wondering if this is normal.

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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2012, 05:05:38 PM »

Make sure your Sprints are properly sized.  If so, then yes your feet will toughen up some with use of the VFFs.  If it is too bothersome or rubs you raw, use body glide for a while to minimize the rubbing.
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