Yesterday I ran in my new vibram fivefinger shoes for the first time. Not only was it my first time running in 6 months, but I also decided to break them in around the 3 mile loop of Wash Park. IDIOT. I woke up this morning and literally couldn’t walk. My calves felt like there were giant rocks in them.
Today I googled the proper break-in techniques…. This is what it said…..
- Tips on correct forefoot running form can be found here: Mine was wrong.
- Run no more than 10% of your typical running distance for the first 2–3 weeks: What is 10% of 0? Oh yeah 0… so I shouldn’t have ran at all.
- After 2–3 weeks, gradually increase mileage by 10%–20% every couple of weeks: We’ll see if I run in them again?
- If you ever start to feel pain during a run, stop! You can always try again in a couple of days: Felt lots of pain… continued onward. Idiot.
- Never run 2 days in a row for the first month: Who could?? I can barely walk.
- Stretch before and after each run, focusing on calves and feet, because Vibram FiveFingers running will stimulate these muscles: Stimulate is not a word I would use to describe what I’m feeling.
- If, after several weeks of training, you are consistently very sore, you need to rest and back-off on your mileage: Deal.