I love getting these stories in the mailbag. This one from Jocelyn, photoed above in her camo blue fivefinger KSOs, speaks to running injury-free and achieving fantastic fitness results. It’s not that Vibram Five Fingers are some sort of magic footwear so much as that their minimalistic design lets our feet be feet. Everything else sorta falls into place.
Here’s Jocelyn on her second 5k run in VFFs, this time reaching a new personal record:
Today I ran my second 5K in my KSOs in Ann Arbor, Michigan and ended up with a new personal record of 21:30! My first 5K in my FiveFingers I started out way too fast – my legs were willing to go, but the rest of my body said otherwise and I ended up with a nasty side stitch with a mile left. Even with that pain, I ended up with a time a few seconds off a former 5K race time that was run in super cushy, super supportive shoes.
I did a double-take when I saw the time on the clock at the finish. This was almost 30 seconds off my fastest time, which was done back in high school cross country!
Ever since I’ve strapped on my FiveFingers I’ve been injury free. I went to physics therapy for a few months for sharp pains in my right knee that would put me out of commission for days. Besides that pain, my knee would also ache in any run that was 4+ miles. I was convinced I’d be having surgery on my knees at some point in the future. So, while being a little more speedy is nice, not having any more pains has made me very happy!
Great to hear from you, Jocelyn! Congrats on your new PR!