I got them! The most ridiculous-looking running shoes ever invented are now mine!
It may seem strange that I’m so ecstatic about receiving something that will make me a laughingstock of the running (and non-running) community. And normally, I would not be happy at all in such a case. But this is special. This is the Vibram Five Fingers.
I have wanted these shoes since they’ve come out, and nothing anybody says could change my mind about them. Apparently, I made it well known that I wanted these, because my family knew to get them for me for my birthday (thanks!). Or maybe they just read my post “I shall henceforth be known as… ‘Lizard Man’!” I wrote that back when the Vibram Five Fingers were still just a vague dream…
Apparently, barefoot running has some physiological benefits. The running motion padded running shoes forces us to use is not as natural as a barefoot stride. Vibram Five Fingers take running back to the basics. Of course, that’s not why I wanted them. I wanted them because they looked awesome.
They say to work yourself slowly into these shoes, especially if you have flat feet, like I do. So I did a very short, easy run my first time out on them. Then I decided to be stupid and ignore all the sensible advice given to me, and ran 3.5 miles at a decent clip my next time on them. Let me say one thing: they were not kidding about working into these shoes. My calves are shot. But, of course, that won’t stop me from doing it again.
It’s a very different type of running in the Vibram Five Fingers; it turns my regular stride into more of a sprinting stride. Also, the way I have to watch every step carefully lest I land on some glass reminds me of trail running, were a wrong step may careen me off the side of a mountain (I may be exaggerating a tad). And anything that reminds me of trail running is awesome in my book.
I’ve only had two runs on the Five Fingers, so I can’t give a full review of them yet. My calves may hurt, but that’s not a fault of the shoes; it’s my own stupidity that is at fault there. But forgetting the pain for a moment, I know already that I’m going to love them.