|My new favorite shoes.|
When I first heard about "barefoot running" I was torn between skepticism and excitement. For most of my life I have preferred to tramp around barefoot and if it was socially acceptable (and safe) I would probably never wear shoes again, but I had been so trained into believing that I needed tennis shoes to run that I wasn't immediately sold on the idea. I had played Ultimate Frisbee barefoot for a long time and love it, but that was on the grass, grass I knew to be at least somewhat safe. Then, I had two guys tell me that "the rumors were true", that ever since they began running either barefoot or in the Vibram Five Finger shoes they had been injury free. Finally, I decided to take the plunge myself.
I'd been having trouble with my left knee for a while, so much so that I'd given up on the idea of ever running anything more than a 10K, but when I began training in my Vibrams the knee pain slowly but surely went away. Where as I used to wake up in the middle of the night with an aching knee, now I could run without any of that horrible, pounding pressure under my knee cap. I wouldn't have believed it had I not tried it, but I'm totally sold on the shoes. They protect the bottoms of my feet and help me run more on the balls of my feet. I don't really care how ridiculous they look, if they will help me avoid pain, I'm sold. Anyone else tried these? Got another brand you prefer? I hear they also get rid of shin splints and pretty much change your running form entirely.