I noticed the grey-palm and blue-camo kso's as gone from their site (the black-camo combo looks to be dwindling as well). Then realized the sprints were taken off the men's side as well. I was actually going to get another pair of kso's but don't really want a black pair. Hopefully they introduce some new colors for the kso's if not bring back some non-black soled colors. As for the sprints, I think I'm going to have to pick some up now that they might go the way of the dinosaur.
Just going to throw this out there. I may be in the minority, but after trying out other styles I prefer the kso/classic/sprint/flow styled sole over the new soles.
When walking I midfoot strike naturally, but that's because I grew up trying to be ninja and not make any noise at night. You'll know someone who does it naturally when it seems like they sneak up on you with ease. That said, I know I heel strike when walking faster.
I used to, and still run, at around 5 or 6 pm after my classes were done for the day. I used to run in my college campus' gym at around 6. I did have a running course one semester, and participated in a few of the school runs. I eventually set up a schedule to run two hours to a half hour before the sun fully sets (early nights). You'll get the rhythm of it though, schedules in college are quite different as one semester you might have all night classes (5-8pm), and the next you'll have two classes from 1-4pm every other day, and two more from ...say...9am-2pm on alternate days. I've never been a morning person, but most of my friends said that our campus was perfect at around 6 or 7 am. I remember that I did start doing midday runs on the weekends, but they were usually at the local bike trails rather than at the school as I lived off campus.
In my humble opinion I found it much easier to manage exercise in college, but maybe it was because I was older and had a better idea of what my goals as a runner were. I also noticed I was able to study better if I took a break to run.
On a side note, in the 7+ (grad student now) years since I've been there I never had any problems running barefoot at my college (public university). At the gym shoes are required, outside they are not. You might also meet a running buddy, which is nice if you like to run at night when it starts turning dark.
...and yes, to paraphrase Justin: "experience college". I know I like it a whole lot more than Elementary, Middle, and High School combined.
I was in a hit and run last summer (July 2010) when I was driving down a busy street in the middle/fast lane. A white Grand Am darted in front of me and a bus by taking a hard left turn through my lane, almost hitting the VIA bus and grinding into my truck (destroying the driver's side headlight and blinker). The woman driving must have thought it a good idea to speed off after she hit me...probably because she knew full well it was her fault as everyone who helped me afterwards told the officer she passed a stop sign trying to beat the bus.
We never found the car despite the a big gash being on the drivers side hood.
I was wearing my grey KSO's and shorts, which seems to make them stand out more. No injuries, but when I showed the officer the damages on my truck his eyes slid down to my shoes and he said: "Runner?"
Tennis balls slowly rolled under your arches, and pressure points applied to your arches where it hurts with your thumbs, 15 seconds each point. Stretch your arch by grabbing your big toe with both hands while your knee is on your chest, and pulling the toe towards you, without rotating the foot medially.
I can second this. Although, I used a softball for a long time before switching to baseballs and golf balls.
From my experience they hold up well. I would also say KSO's or Classics, adding Sprints if you'd like a strap. I'd say KSO's or Sprints since one of my friends who does archery uses both pairs equally for it.
If you're interested in socks you could also look on eBay, that's where I got mine. Never thought of looking for yoga socks (thanks Dexter_Morgan23). If cold is an issue you could get the socks, but as he said, it's more of a personal preference.
I also wash mine with anti-bacterial soap. Usually bar soap but the liquid doesn't leave any residue. I came to the same conclusion as MiscJames and started washing them with it for the same reason.
I did notice that my black pair didn't need washing as much as my grey pair. That could be because I ran in the black pair more and usually in rain which seemed to neutralize any smell as long as I took them off as soon as I finished running.
Hey everyone. I've been a mostly recreational runner since I was 16 (25 now). Found out about this site about a year ago and decided to join the forums just last week.
A little about me. I was in cross country in high school. Had stopped running when I entered college then started up after I developed migraines. My doctor suggested regular exercise as an alternative to medication.
I started running barefoot roughly 6 years ago as I could not find a running shoe that would work for me (or with me). The only run I usually run is the Race for the Cure. I have never registered for an official half-marathon, but ran the distance a few times to test myself. I'm actually thinking of doing the half portion of the Rock 'n Roll Marathon.
I have two pairs of Vibram KSO's for running/casual wear, but still prefer barefoot as I grew up that way (playing soccer, training for cross country, hot summers).
Aside from the above I'm also a guitarist, singer-songwriter, grad student, and a computer 'geek' (I build and repair computers). Thank you for allowing me to introduce myself!