Comment from: Juggling Joe [Visitor]
Juggling Joe

Nice job, Dan! I too gave up regular running shoes after suffering IT Band pain after my first marathon. I joggled the Philly marathon in KSO's and felt great. I just got a new pair of the black KSO's, so now I rotate two pairs of KSO's (they're different sizes too).

04/21/10 @ 22:09
Comment from: mtntrance [Visitor]  
mtntrance

Great story. I am now inspired to run the St" George in my KSOs.

04/22/10 @ 01:36
Comment from: Paul Tardif [Visitor]
Paul Tardif

Great story Dan! And congratulation for your performance. I felt the same thing while running the Montreal's marathon last fall: I had fun! I think this is the best reason why people switch to barefoot or minimalist running.

04/22/10 @ 09:35
Comment from: Rich [Visitor]
Rich

That's incredible, well done. I do think it bears repeating, though, that being able to successfully move to 100% of your running (especially when that includes 20+ mile long runs) in VFFs in such a short time is HIGHLY unusual. I got to 100% in VFFs in about 6 weeks and am paying dearly for it now (foot pain has sidelined me for the past 3 weeks). I have subsequently learned I should have taken more like 4-6 months to get to the point where I could do 100% of my previous mileage in VFFs.

Don't get me wrong, props to you for being able to do it and for running a good marathon, but I just don't want novices seeing this post and thinking this is how it usually works!

04/22/10 @ 10:03
Comment from: Helena [Visitor]
Helena

What's the story behind the webbed version -- two toes together? Curious....

04/22/10 @ 16:57
Comment from: SM [Visitor]
SM

I'm soooooooooo curious why he modded his vibrams and how as well... Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

04/22/10 @ 17:47
Comment from: britt [Member]  

Helena & SM,

This link should help: Webbed Toe Mod

04/22/10 @ 17:47
Comment from: corradogiambalvo [Visitor]
corradogiambalvo

Great run Dan!

In Boston I tested the Bikilas for the first time. Being busy explaining the feel to fellow runners was inevitable. And enjoyable. That's the great thing about marathons: totally exhausting yet socializing-friendly! It was a day of good fortunes as i lowered my most recent time by 3 minutes. If i manage to avoid a two week stoppage with 45 days to go, and manage to accumulate a few more long runs, next edition should be even faster.

Great site and wonderful community, Justin!

Good Health to All.

04/22/10 @ 19:50
Comment from: Uncle Achille & Auntie Cathy [Visitor]
Uncle Achille & Auntie Cathy

Hi Dan...We're SOOOO proud of you. What a great story. We can't believe how determined you were and how innovative your solution to your problem was. Bravo! Cathy and Achille

04/22/10 @ 21:40
Comment from: Erik [Visitor]
Erik

Wow, congrats! I kind of envy you for this rapid transition.

04/23/10 @ 03:30
Comment from: Elena [Visitor]
Elena

Awesome story, Dan! I think you inspired Mom to get those shoes for walking... Congrats on an awesome "1st Boston, 1st barefoot!"

And in case anyone else is wondering, the Webbed Toe model was Dan's way of being able to actually wear the shoes. His two middle toes are webbed together, so he had to cut the middle toes apart and sew them together. Very innovative. I wonder if they'll start to custom make these shoes for the webbies of the world.

04/23/10 @ 06:58
Comment from: Susan (Dan's Mom) [Visitor]
Susan (Dan's Mom)

Great finish! I never saw Dan so happy and energetic at the end of a marathon as he crossed the finish line in his Vibram FiveFingers KSOs. I believe that the shoes really made a difference. I do a lot of outdoor walking and am currently looking into getting a pair for me!

04/23/10 @ 08:57
Comment from: Tony Fletcher [Visitor]  
Tony Fletcher

Dan

Just got pointed to your story. Well done for curing your injury and running such a fast Boston in your VFF KSOs. I ran the race in exactly the same shoes, except mine don't have your webbed toes and, for some reason, nobody commented on what I was wearing anywhere between the start line and finish line! Mind, I wasn't doing it for them but myself.

I made the switch - more or less instantly - last summer just because they made sense, and very quickly broke PRs from 5k to half-marathon. I ran Boston - my first Boston - in 3:29:22, only a minute & change off my PR. I get sore calves running hills in the VFFs but that's a straight swap from sore quads in my old ASICS.

If anyone's interested, I wrote a longer piece about my first Boston here.

Congrats again

Tony

04/25/10 @ 15:29