Monday, November 23, 2009
I've hung onto these since 1980. They're basically nothing but moccasins with the trademark Nike waffle soul. They were the uniform shoe of my high school cross country team, though I don't know if they were chosen for their technical construction or the colors. Green and gold were our school colors and just happened to be one of the choices of the Oregon Waffle Racer racing flat.
With my recent fixation on barefoot running, I'm experimenting with running shorter distances (under 10K) in these no-support, no-cushion shoes, starting with the treadmill since there's less wear and tear on the shoes and more bounce. These shoes require you to adjust your gait from a heel strike to what is supposed to be a more natural forefoot strike.
I tried it yesterday, going 30-minutes at an easy pace. Today, I ran more for speed and concentrated on some form issues. It could just be that I was having a good day and the influence of the shoes was marginal, but I ran well and my feet/ankles/shins/knees feel pretty good. I did a little step-counting and noticed my turnover is a little higher when I'm running more on the balls of my feet than rolling off the heels. It could be psychological, but I just didn't feel as fatigued. Calves are a little tighter than they usually feel, and it does take about 5-10 minutes to adjust.
I'm having "cold feet" about getting those Vibrams. I'm not the sort of person that likes to draw attention to himself, particularly if it's something outlandish like those "gorilla feet" things. Apparently, they can't keep them on the shelves, but I've yet to see anyone wearing them or running in the them. I don't mind so much someone noticing the vintage Nike's. They're kinda cool. Not so sure about the Five Fingers "shoes."
More to follow.