What should I know about minimalistic running in Innov-8 F-Lite 230 shoe
June 24, 2014 1:11 AM Subscribe
I've recently decided to go more minimalistic in my running having been inspired by some books I've read (Born to Run
, for instance) as well some articles from people whose opinions I've grown to trust and respect. I switched out of my stablizing running shoes (Saucony Omni 12
) and purchased Innov-8 F-Lite 230s
. I need advice on how to adjust to them.
posted by caudal to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
As I've started running in these shoes, I've noticed a general change in my running gait, which is part of the intention of purchasing them in the first place. I'm running on my mid-foot and slight-forefoot and there is an automatic change in my form that seems more natural, less exerting than what I felt while running more stabilizing, cushion supported shoes. So far so good. (more inside)
However, I've also noticed tension in my calf muscles after running in these new Innov-8 shoes. Granted, the amount I'm running is not much. Maybe 2 or 3 miles per day 3 or 4 times a week. I've been careful in not running too much without any training. For me it's a slow exercise wherein I run, then stop, run and stop building up a certain amount of endurance and resistance.
So here goes:
1. Is the tension in my calf muscles normal considering that I'm using these minimalistic shoes?
2. What should I know about switching from stabilizing shoes like Omni 12 to these more minimalistic, "natural running" shoe.
3. What sorts of exercises should I do to stretch my muscles to avoid any possible injuries from running in these new, less supportive shoes.
4. Finally, I've taken precautions and am not running too much in these new shoes to adapt my body to them. What is the best way to acclimate myself from running in Omni's to running in Innov-8 F-lite's. This is from somebody who is an amateur runner, if that, doing about 14 miles per week.