When I heard about Vibram FiveFingers, all I could think of was, “Good, I can have something to wear when I run on the beach.”
Vibram looks weird alright, and I can already imagine my neighbors’ astonishment when they will see me wearing it. Like a lot of runners I know, I miss the time when I was running around sans footwear when I was a child. At home during the holidays, I would run barefoot on the beach, but the thought of broken glass and sharp pebbles always marred my enjoyment of it. With a footwear like Vibram, I’m sure that will be less of a concern.
Running barefoot reportedly has a lot of benefits too. With my lower back issues, I’m sure I will benefit a lot from it. Indeed, barefoot running is the buzzword nowadays in the sports. It was popularized when the book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall became a hit.
The book tells of the secrets of Mexico’s Tarahumara Indians in running. They could run hundreds of miles without resting, and enjoy every minute of it. The author’s question “Why does my foot hurt?” led to the quest and the phenomenon of barefoot running is born.
I wonder if Vibram has something for trail running though? I can imagine how easier it would be to run barefoot in the mountain. The traction would be better, and I can imagine being more flexible and in control of my strides. I wonder though how it would affect the longevity of the “shoes.” Has anyone used it to run in trails? What did you think of it?
There is only one store selling Vibrams here in the Philippines. When I can run again, that will be the first purchase I will make!