My minimalist shoes came in today! Make fun of me all you want, but I’m super stoked for these. ;p I’m excited to be able to grip the ground while running again — shoes always felt so restricting.
And because I’m sure since so-and-so has heard such-and-such about these shoes, I’ll leave a disclaimer now: Read more.
I began my transition today by walking a little over a mile in them. A jogged a tiny bit (meaning like 20 seconds tops, 10 seconds each try), but my calves being sore from yesterday made it hard to distinguish if the pain was from the shoes or prior stress, haha. Some blisters at the base of my big toe started to form, so I’ll probably stick some medical tape there while the skin is still sensitive, in future sessions.
My feet did great, in general! It was odd, because when I went back to my normal shoes (the decision being spurred on from my forming blisters), it actually hurt worse to wear those and walk the rest of the trail, haha. I don’t know if that means I need new normal gym shoes, or that my feet are just that adamant on walking natural, haha. Either way, ouches! I almost wanted to put the feet shoes back on, despite my blistering skin, haha. It got better as I walked farther, luckily.
Blisters didn’t form on my ankles at all, and that was a pleasant surprise (I went sockless). Guess that means I got the right size!
I don’t know if I’ll wear them on my run tomorrow, since they’re still new and my feet are transitioning. Even though I don’t run very far distances yet, I already seemingly have some shin splints (http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/sport-injuries/ankle-achilles-shin-pain/shin-splints), and the extra impact might not be the best for having that heal faster, heh. I’m stoked to try jogging in them, I just don’t want to try it prematurely. Especially in the middle of my intervals. Having to stop to switch shoes would really put a damper on my performance and times.
All in all, I’m very much looking forward to these! Walking today in them felt awesome. It was so cool to actually feel the earth beneath me so closely again.