Yesterday I decided that I wanted to try to up my mileage a tad. Â I had been doing the Galloway method of running covering 3-4 miles. Â I just went out on the road and started running with the anticipation of doing 5 miles. Â Once I got out there, I realized that I hadn’t actually just started running on the streets aimlessly inÂ a year.Â Â I really really missed it. Â When I have gone running in the past few months, I go to a park nearby that has a .75 mile dirt track. Â It definitely serves it’s purpose, but it was so nice not to run around in circles! Â I made it 5 miles… and my calves were aching after about 3 (due to Vibram shoes). Â The Vibram Five Fingers are great to strengthen your feet and learn how to properly run, but I think it’s time to interchange them with some other minimalist shoe. Â I have a great affinity for less supportive shoes now because otherwise I majorly heel strike, which causes injury.
I got a massage on Monday and the massage therapist told me that if I stretched for 20 minutes before the run and for about 5-8 minutes afterwards, my back should be okay. Â I did that and my back muscles were significantly less sore! Â I skimp on stretching frequently, but now I’ve learned.
Three Benefits of Running in Vibram Five Fingers
- Improves strength in the feet and lower legs. Â My calves are consistently sore, but I can tell them are getting more muscular and have more muscular endurance. Â There isn’t the cushion that is in typical running shoes, so the feet must feel more and stay stronger. Â This will also reduce the risk of injury.
- Improves posture. Â By lowering the heel lift, your body will come into natural alignment and your body weight is distributed evenly in the feet. Â This will help to improve posture and promote correct spinal alignment.
- They are so much lighter and more freeing. Â I never noticed how bulky and heavy typical running shoes were. Â When I ran in typical running shoes after running in Vibrams, I felt weighed down! Â You move more naturally!
On other news, there was a study done that showed scientifically how acupuncture works! Â This is huge news for acupuncturists. Â It will help us prove that it works well and the possibility of it becoming more mainstream.