Running with Vibram FiveFingers – Bikila LS

Over the weekend I picked up a pair of Vibram FiveFingers Bikila LS.  Recently when running I have been having knee pain issues after about 3 miles.  I’ve done a bunch of reading and research and found the Vibram FiveFingers shoes. The theory behind them is that they make you run on the balls(front) of your feet rather than the heal of your feet.  This in turn causes you to have a more “natural” impact when you land, as your muscles take the impact rather than your knees.

Yesterday was the first day trying them out.  I went less than a quarter mile and I really feel a huge difference in which muscles are being used while running.  I specificily ran a very short distance, as I knew I was going to be in pain as they require a different muscle set than I usually use when running.

My plan is to ease into them and work my way back to my usual 3 mile run. More updates to come.

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    • redninjatwo
    • May 3rd, 2011

    I’ll be interested to hear if they help your knee over the long term. If they work well for you, I’ll strongly consider getting a pair. I’ve had knee issues when running distances as well.

    • Joel
    • May 4th, 2011

    Yeah, I will definitely let you know. I ran on Monday and my calves are still killing me today, so yeah. It’s going to take some time to switch over.

    • Jon
    • May 4th, 2011

    I know they’re gaining popularity, but they just look wrong! :)

      • Joel
      • May 4th, 2011

      They do look a bit weird. They are a good conversation starter though. :-) Either way, I think functionality over aesthetics is always the way to go.

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