Comment from: Paleo Dan [Visitor]  
Paleo Dan

That's funny about the wear on your Onitsukas. I've had my first pair of KSOs for almost 14 months now and running heavily in them for the past 8 months. They are wearing out in the exact same place and one of them even has a hole the size of a dime at that spot... the other one isn't far from having a hole of its own. :)

07/29/10 @ 09:51
Comment from: Daphanie [Visitor]
Daphanie

Achilles Tendonitis? Why is this happening? Ever since this one hot hot day when I went to jog and run sprints I developed aching in the bursa on the right inside heel. I have never had any foot problems before until I started running on my forefoot. Anyone else know why ?

07/29/10 @ 12:00
Comment from: britt [Member]  

Daphanie,

I think my pain is from never using my calf muscles and achilles tendons the way they are used in barefoot running.

Check out item number 3 in this article:

http://birthdayshoes.com/how-to-transition-to-running-in-vibram-five-fingers

Mine seems very manageable and a lot less painful than the back and knee pain I used to suffer when running.

07/29/10 @ 22:24
Comment from: britt [Member]  

Paleo Dan,

I think I am a high arch under pronator, whatever that means. I haven't had any foot pain with the VFFs. Never had any before either. I just looked at my Bikilas and they are wearing more on the outside too.

07/29/10 @ 23:56
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]
Mike

$1M is quite expensive for a Ferrari. What model were your considering? Some really nice used ones can be had for $100k or even under $50k Vibram classics are really good to drive in. Good sensitivity.

08/02/10 @ 16:03
Comment from: britt [Member]  

Mike,

Ha, yeah, well it would be fun to have one, but given the money involved in buying and maintaining one, I think they are out of my reach. My old boss's boss's boss had two of them and they were pretty cool. I was young and single at the time, and he offered to sell me one for 25k (this was in the 80s), if I remember correctly. I also remember him warning me about the cost of maintenance. That was the closest I ever got to seriously considering one, but I occasionally think back on that time and say to myself, "What if?"

I am happy with my red Bikilas. Plus, I am getting in shape and losing weight.

08/02/10 @ 16:20
Comment from: Allison [Visitor]  
Allison

I really liked your article, and I'm wondering if your achilles tendonitis could be reduced by trying the Chi Running form. Have you heard of it? I've used it for almost a year now, and it helped a lot in my transition from shod running to running in VFF KSOs. I talk a lot about it on my blog, AllisonsBigToe.com.

08/03/10 @ 00:04
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]
Mike

just started running in my classics and i am noticing that i tend to put more weight on the outside of my foot during the forefoot impact. Guess it's also to reduce impact on the ball of the foot. building up slowly, no injuries, just calf soreness. Britt you are right, getting in shape is the best mid life crisis to have.

08/03/10 @ 09:10
Comment from: Rob [Visitor]
Rob

Couple of observations (from my own first couple months in Classics and KSOs):
1. Stay off concrete and pavement if possible, at least while starting out. I think the main reason cushioned shoes were designed, were to handle these hard surfaces. Stick to dirt, grass it feels so much better. Now that I've adjusted, I don't mind some harder surfaces.

2. All this talk about "forefoot" landing, I really think the focus should be more "midfoot" Landing on your toes all the time can't be good, probably just as bad as heel striking. Most of your foot's padding is midfoot so use it! (Of course this could just be semantics "forefoot" vs. "midfoot", perhaps we mean the same thing?) :)

08/05/10 @ 09:07
Comment from: britt [Member]  

Rob,

The forefoot part is semantics for me. In fact, I was up more on my toes early on in the Classics when I could barely make it around the block. Once I got the Bikilas, I started landing better and letting my heel gently touch after my foot absorbs the initial impact. Also, I think the biggest reason I aggravated my achilles is that I tried to do an fast interval workout early on at the track. I pushed it way too hard before I was ready. I am not as sure about the hard surface part, for me anyway. The bottoms of my feet handle whatever surface I run on well and I think my calves and achilles take a similar load regardless of the surface.

08/05/10 @ 09:51
Comment from: Rosie [Visitor]
Rosie

I just Read born to Run and have been introduced to this idea of barefooting in the past month. I am wondering if anyone has any experience of barefoot running with bunions?

03/17/11 @ 14:38