Minimalist Running Filter: How likely is it that I can get back into minimalist running again after minor injury? Details inside.
I started running in Vibram KSO's about 1.5 years ago on a treadmill (1.5 incline) at the gym. I didn't really break them in, I just went for it. This was fairly minimal - 3-4x/week and only 2-3 miles at a time. I never experienced any pain or injury during this time.
Cut. I didn't run for 2 months due to a hectic move to another city. Once settled in our new digs, I picked it back up again and ran 2-3.5 miles about 3x/week for a few weeks, then hurt my foot. I suspected that it was because we moved to another city and were able to run outside (yay!) but were also running about 1/2 the distance on concrete/asphalt. I met the criteria for stress fracture but X-ray revealed nothing, so my GP dx'd it as a ligament injury. I've been off it for 6 weeks and experienced pain for the first 4 weeks (walking around but no running). I'd like to get back into minimalist running again, but this time I plan to proceed according to this plan
. I also would like to move away from the KSO's and onto Vibram's that are more specific to running. Like the Bikila's or the Spyder Trek Sole.
I'm looking for fellow MeFite's who have been injured due to diving in to the Minimalist craze, and what were your experiences in getting back into it? How long did it take?
If it matters, I'm very petite and lightweight, and pretty light on my feet. I'm not a heel striker, if anything I run on my the balls of my feet too much.