Running Wars Episode VI: Return of the Shod

Alright….I give up and I may be the only person in the world who has given up running in Vibram Five Fingers, at least that is what my Google searches tell me. I have been running in them for 3 months now at about 10-15 miles per week.  I have not been able to make it past the 3 mile mark for the last month without stabbing pain in my arch.  It would never hurt afterwards, just when I was running.  I understand that I may have done TMTS (too much too soon) but it has come to the point where I needed to make a decision.  With three races coming up in the next three months and all of them being 6 miles or longer I couldn’t see how I would be able to run in my VFF’s.  So the past two runs I have completed have been wearing my beefy stability shoes.  I know all of the barefoot runners and minimalist runners would curse me for becoming fully shod again but I didn’t have the patience to continue in my journey otherwise.  Although this process has been frustrating to me I have learned some good things.  I am a moderate overpronator which helps me understand where my arch pain is coming from.  I was not able to correct this with the VFF’s, I would find myself continuing to land on the outside of my foot towards the heel and land on my big toe putting a lot of stress on the arch.  While I was not completely able to change how my feet landed I was able to change where they have landed.  My stride has shortened allowing my feet to hit closer to my center of gravity and less on my heel extend out in front of me.

So far things have been going well.  I am starting to enjoy running again.  I really did like running in my VFF’s and feeling the road in a totally different way but it just wasn’t working for me.  Maybe I will try again some day when I don’t have a 1/2 marathon approaching in 3 months.

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