Hiking, Running

VFFs are my BFFs

The first time I laid eyes on a pair of Vibram Five Fingers, I’ll admit there was a whole lot of pointing, chuckling and “monkey feet” comments involved. Then JK gave me the book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall for Christmas, and I couldn’t put it down. I immediately ordered a pair of VFFs, and I haven’t looked back since.

Paws. We haz them. Feels like spring Toes <3

I’ve always wanted to love running, but actually hated it. Blubber and panting aside, I could never even run a mile without shin pain, knee pain, ankle pain, lower back pain, or, since I really messed them up playing handball when I was growing up, rolling my ankles. With the Five Fingers, I can run pain-free (except for the exploding heart and burning lungs, of course); it’s basically like running barefoot, the way evolution intended.

It seems counterintuitive when you’ve been conditioned to think that the more padding, the better, but the second I tried them on, I was in heaven. I don’t want to wear any other kind of shoe; I even bought a second pair in black to wear when I’m not exercising. I haz munkeh feetz and I’m proud of it!

My favorite part is being able to run without the threat of twisting my ankle – this highly scientific illustration should tell you all you need to know:
Why my ankles love Vibrams
The only problem, which should be pretty obvious, is that the thin soles don’t really work for real hiking. I love using them for trail running and smooth hiking trails like Rattlesnake or the Issaquah Alps, but last week we tried the VFFs on our TNAB Lite hike to Snow Lake. The hike itself is very easy, but I forgot how rocky the trail was. I felt like I spent way too much time and energy staring at my feet to make sure I didn’t step on any of the really evil, jagged rocks and not enough time enjoying the hike. JK did much better than I did, so maybe I just lack confidence (as usual) in my steps.


Now I’m on a mission to find some sort of trail running shoe that’s minimalistic enough (but with a little more protection than the VFFs) that I can wear it hiking without twisting my ankle.

Snow Lake | 8 miles | 1300 feet elevation gain –

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  • Reply Lauren August 17, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I recently picked up running again as a way to lose weight and with 60 pounds to lose, that’s a lot of hard work on my body. Knees hurt, hip hurt, back aches, etc. But I’ve been working slowly and methodically to a place where I am “okay” with running in normal, padded shoes.

    Then about one month ago my cousin told me to read Born to Run and I immediately went to the store and tried on some VFFs. I was in LOVE but on a budget, so they would have to wait. Fast forward to last week when the same cousin got my whole family to pitch in and buy me a gift certificate to buy a pair as a birthday gift/congrats on running a 5k/keep at it gift!!! I am SOOO EXCITED to go pick up a pair tonight or tomorrow!!!!

    Anywho… it’s just cool to hear what you think about them! :)

  • Reply Josie August 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I promise to never tell the ‘ape’ story again :^) Run on sister, run on!

  • Reply Aina/sommer August 19, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Hihi for noen festlig sko, og det høres jo helt supert ut viss man ikke får smerter i bena. Disse må jeg sjekke ut allsa.

    Herlige bilder av voffsen deres som bader og springer♥

    Ønsker deg en fin helg som snart er her;)

  • Reply Ingunn August 19, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Thanks for the comments, girls!

    Lauren, that is so cool, I’m looking forward to hearing about your monkey feet! :D I’m sure you already know this, but make sure you break into the FiveFingers SLOWLY since you’ll be using a lot of muscles and tendons that you don’t use when you wear conventional shoes. http://birthdayshoes.com/how-to-transition-to-running-in-vibram-five-fingers

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