Five fingers in fourteen days?
May 25, 2012 4:21 AM Subscribe
How long do you need to "convert" to Vibram Five Finger or other "barefoot" shoes for distance running?
posted by Shepherd to sports, hobbies, & recreation (19 answers total)
I'm about 3/4 through a 12-week program to take me from a 5k runner to a half-marathon -- I have two and a half weeks left in the program, but the half-marathon isn't until the end of June.
My old shoes, which were 5-year old Nike whatevers, just died (really, *really* died), and I'm curious about the Vibram KSOs and Komodos.
I have the luxury of finishing the "ramp up to the half-marathon" program with a couple of weeks to spare. So if I picked up the barefoot shoes now, would jumping back a couple of weeks in the program and trying to retrain with the barefoots be enough time? Or is adaptation a very slow process?
I know YMMV with these sorts of things -- I'm already running at about 75% ball-of-foot strike, 25% heel strike, so I suspect I might be a little more oriented towards barefoots already. But your insight would be appreciated!