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« on: January 05, 2012, 02:54:12 PM »

I'm new here, but have been wearing VFFs for 2 years now. I'm training for my first marathon, and as I ramp up the miles, the pads on my feet are starting to hurt bad. after mile 13/14 its getting painful. I wear bikilas now, running almost entirely on sidewalk/pavement. So do you think I should switch to a shoe with slightly more cushioning up top? I was thinking of merrels or nb minimus? still want something pretty light and flat.

marathon is in 3 weeks, so i would need to switch this week if i want to attempt the shift.

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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2012, 05:32:39 PM »

I think you will find two types of answers for this question.

The first would be: Your form is obviously not ready for that kind of distance yet. Give it more time to develop and you will be ready.

The second: In my experience more shoe compared to the VFF is generally a positive idea when doing distances like that. Myself, if I am in VFF or BF, it is only for shorter runs.

Now, being three weeks out and asking this question is very unfortunate. If it is "getting painful" at only mile 13, I feel that your current situation is barely even an option for the marathon. I would recommend getting something with more protection to run in ASAP!

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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2012, 09:02:55 PM »

I agree with Ipull400watts.  It doesn't sound like your feet are ready for a full marathon.

The way you're increasing your mileage, you're very close to coming down with the dreaded top-of-the-foot pain injury.  I was training for a half marathon almost two years ago and ramped up the miles too quickly.  The top of foot pain sidelined me for two weeks and I had to do a gradual seven month transition back to VFFs.  Some folks here on the forums have come down with metatarsal stress fractures because they ramped up the miles too quickly.

If you must run that marathon in three weeks, it's better to run it in regular running shoes.  If you keep ramping up the mileage in your VFFs, you'll either get injured before your marathon or just after it.

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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2012, 09:33:46 AM »

The longer you run, both in terms of mileage per week and distance, the more you're going to find that you need more shoe.  You say you've been wearing VFFs for two years, so I'm assuming you've been at least running for two years, possibly more? If that's the case and you've been putting in the work then, in general I see no reason why you wouldn't be ready for a marathon. HOWEVER, I'd strongly advise against running it in your VFFs.  It all comes back to form, if you have good form then it really doesn't matter what you have on your feet to a point.  The longer you go you need more protection because even folks with good form can and will tire eventually. Why risk it?  Three weeks out is cutting things quite close, but you'll do more harm than good trying to run the marathon in VFFs.  Find low profile shoe that has ample but firm cushioning, like the Altra Instinct/Intuition for example and see how those do.  Can't recommend these shoes enough: zero drop, anatomically shaped footbed (plenty of toe room for proper splay), light and with a firm midsole. Awesome. 

Good luck!

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