So I have the first somewhat bad news to report about running in my Vibrams.
Since my last post I have completed another three runs with my VFF classics. The first run was a short one on dirt trails in the hills. The back of my right heel still ached a bit. Halfway through my run I tightened the back strap instead of loosening it. That seemed to help, so I think there’s a bit of leeway between my heel and the strap that rubs. I also had a guy on a bike ask me if I was running barefoot! I just smiled as he sped by!
The second run was a short road run (I wanted to run longer, but the heat and trying to fix my dumb sprinklers prevented me from getting in my full run). The run was so short and fast (I felt like I was flying at first) that I really didn’t have any complaints.
The third run was different, perhaps because I was rushing (I was again running at 10pm, in the heat, and dealing with some emotional stress). I pushed hard, running on mostly sidewalks. About three miles into it, I could feel pain in the ball of my left foot. I think this is again related to me compensating for my right ankle injury by placing more weight on the left side of my body. I finished the five mile run, but when I took off my VFFs, I had a nice blood blister the size of a nickel on the bottom of my left foot. It didn’t hurt much, though.
Unfortunately, that’s not my only foot issue at this point.
I woke up the next morning quite sore on my right foot and ankle. It hurt to even bear weight. The more I moved around, it loosened up a bit and felt better. Yet the pain persisted the entire weekend. It’s now four days later and it still hurts to walk. The pain is localized to the top part of my foot, close to the ankle. It smarts especially when I walk. I looked up basic foot anatomy and, from my best guess, I think the pain is coming from the inferior extensor retinaculum. The pain doesn’t feel like a fractured bone, it’s more like muscle soreness or a pulled tendon. It does hurt though!
I ran in my “regular” running shoes last night (only did 5 miles instead of 10). I could run, but not without pain. I have a race in five days, so I’m going to back off of the VFFs and try to get my foot feeling better for the race day.
I do not think this pain is due to the VFFs. It’s from my previous injury and me not running with the proper strides, placing more weight on my left side. I also ran late at night when I was upset. My form was probably all over the place. Not the smartest move, I’ll admit! I’m hoping that my previous injury is not going to hinder me transitioning to VFFs. I may just need to take things more slowly and really focus on my gait. I think only time is going to tell on this one. I’m hoping this is just a temporary bump in the road.