Knew news, Vibram Five Fingers is coming out with a new shoe, the Bikila, specifically designed for runners. I knew I should have waited when I bought my Sprints. The release of the Bikila should be sometime in April this year and the shoe looks nice. Their arrival has been sited in various cities already.
I sadly had to put my VFFs in the closet for now so that my toes can heal. Since I last wrote I had mentioned that I had a blister on the inside of my right heel which after healing somewhat has now again reappeared creating an even bigger blister. My left pinky toenail is bruised under my nail. I should polish the rest of my toenails purple so that they all match. My right pinky toe is also considerably swollen and hurts whenever I try to manually move it up and down left and right. I don’t think my foot problems are necessarily the shoes fault, but sadly they aren’t working really well with my toes.
On the other hand, when I run with the VFFs I experience no hip and back pain. My running style has improved with a more forward step on the ball of my foot rather than my heel. I believe in doing this I have drastically lessened the pressure to my lower back and decreased any and all hip pain.
I have had to go back to my regular Nike Bowerman Series running shoe to continue training for the 1/2 marathon in September. On Sunday Alex and I ran 7 miles. We finished in 1 hr 10 minutes. Half way through the run my hip joints couldn’t take it anymore. I had to slow down my pace and then I realized that I should try running on the balls of my feet like I did with the VFFs. I wanted to just break free of my shoes and bolt out barefoot, but that wasn’t going to happen. I decided to run on the balls of my feet in my shoes, it definitely didn’t feel right, too much cushion and instability when the shoes hit the pavement, but guess what? No hip pain.
There you have it! I’m stuck, how do I stay a runner and still enjoy my runs without any additional pain?Does anyone have any suggestions? Comments? or are you in same situation. I am making an appointment with my physical therapist to get my “back” back on track. Wish me luck!