Friday, June 1, 2012

Worth the Wait

I just started here at inov-8 in May, so I’m a little late to the transition game. Luckily, I had a head start and had played around with minimalist running a bit. And by played around, I mean hurt myself trying to do it the wrong way (but that’s another story).  I had been interested in minimalist running since running the John Kelley Road Race in CT in 2005, where I saw my first barefoot runner. I was so impressed and confused I had to look up what this was all about. 


I read a lot of the research and well, it just made sense. However, I’m not the most patient of people, and competitive to a fault (I even take bowling too seriously). So, slowing down my pace and shortening my runs to transition didn’t seem like an option.



Then, last year, running the John Kelley road race again, by mile 10 my knee was killing me because my worn out shoes were affecting my stride. So, with 1.6 miles left to go, I took them off. My stride felt so natural and my knee instantly felt better!  I finished the race and crossed the finish line with sneakers in hand!

Now, that I’ve started at inov-8 – I get the chance to give it a real try! I’ve got my Road-X- 233s and the shoes fit perfect to my foot, so I feel like I’m really running barefoot. I promised myself I won’t go more than 2.5 miles on them at about an 8:30 pace more than twice a week so that I won’t hurt myself and so far the training is going great. My calves were howling my first few runs, which to be honest, bruised my ego because I thought they’d be able to handle it after years of Irish dancing up on my toes! But, I’ve been focusing on long warm ups and cool downs, stretching and massaging to loosen them up. 

CONTEST: Transition the RIGHT way with me!
So, what do you say? Have you tried minimalist or natural running before? Are you ready to give it a go? We’re giving away a pair of Road-X 255s or Road X-238s (3 arrow, 9mm differential) to someone who wants to give it a patient try with me.  In the comments section below, tell us how you are going to train patiently to do it right! We’ll choose a winner Thursday next week!


19 comments:

  1. I've never tried minimalist running before but i've been seeing more and more people give it a try and love it. Since recently starting crossfit I've been told yet again to give minimalist shoes a try so this summer will be my barefoot summer!

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  2. Very excited to continue my progress with minimalist running. I am currently reading the book "Born to Run" and have been intrigued by home natural the tribe runs. I currently use Nike Free but I love my Innov-8 Bare XF 210s for CrossFit and recently picked up the Innov-8 Talon 212 for mountain running here in Alaska. Keep up the training, it will be fun to watch you progress.

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  3. I have heard about Inov-8 shoes a lot but never tried any. I am runner at heart but not running like I used run when I was in school. I guess new shoes might be inspiration that I need to get back to running the activity I simply adore.

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  4. I am always up to mix up my running shoes. I don't read almost at all but have been reading "Born to Run" and I am intrigued by Minimalist running shoes.

    With Minimalist running I think you need a "push" of some sort to make the move, this would be my "push"

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  5. Once upon a time I ran in high school back in the early early 90s. I mostly bike now but have started crossfit which incorporates running. I'm starting to enjoy it again. I would definitely be interested in trying a more minimalist shoe.

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  6. This is perfect! I currently am training with a group of Inov8 lovers and I actually wear the X-Talon 190 to race in mudruns. I was just asking them what I should get as I need a shoe to workout in, and train in when I do my road work. I would love to try them with you!

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  8. It has saved my knee from pain in the hills. Could do with some for the roads when the weather's just too wild here in North Wales!

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  9. Coming from a CrossFit background too, I dove into trail running w/my 230's & 195's and found it to be much too soon, and not enough for road running either, I've stepped up to the Brooks PureConnects since they were what I liked about Inov8's but a lil more sole... and a friend recently told be about the 255's so I'm stoked to give them a try since I am a Inov8 fan... mine are shipping as we speak... g-luck Caitlin!

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  10. I do ultra light backpacking and part of my gear is my Roclite 268's. I do moderate running as part of my training schedule before any lengthy hikes. I've been thinking I should get a running shoe closer to the same differential as my trail shoes. It seems to me since I'm overwhelmingly satisfied with my trail shoe I expect I'll be tickled to death with Innov-8's running shoe :)

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  11. I starting "running" in January so I could get in shape for the tough mudder. It started with PT in the fall after the ortho told me that I shouldn't run due to the damage to my knee. I was lucky to find a PT who helped me believe I could run so I could continue to run in the mud obstacle course races.

    I have talked to several people about minimalist shoes and how it has helped their knees, hips and back. I would like the opportunity to see if I can transition to this type of shoe and if it . And would like to know if can help me reduce my knee pain further when I run so I can put on my goals list for 2013 a 1/2 marathon.

    If you knew me you would be interested to hear i hated running in high school/college (avid athlete) but now that I am older I have found a new appreciation for the stress relief and solitude and peace it brings me!

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  12. I've been trying to improve my running style for as long as I can remember... but it's not easy with big wodges of foam strapped under my feet - and shelling out for transition shoes feels like a big step before I've made my steps shorter. Chicken and egg, I guess.

    Winning a pair, on the other hand...

    I've a 30-mile ultra at the end of September, so it's a good chance to break things down, then build the mileage back up for that.

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  13. I have come back to running after an injury to my ankle that required surgery. I love, love, love the Vibram fivefingers, but know better than to go straight from a regular running shoe to a minimalist one. I am trying now to work my way down gently, to avoid further injury. It does take a lot of patience, I will say! I am currently using a shoe with a 4mm heel to toe drop, and am doing ok with it. I looked at the Innov8's online, but couldnt find any in my part of Maine, so that I could try them out. I would welcome the chance to try some and have a friend who would be transitioning at the same time!

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  14. I love Inov-8 shoes for the trail but have never tried for the road and would love too...I think they could be a hit for me!

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  15. When I was 19 years old I ran in the military almost every day for years. Now I'm 41, and the past 20 years have been frustration and injury. I eventually decided running wasn't for me anymore.
    A few months ago I wanted to give it another try, and add some running to my strength training. I decided to research a little first, rather than jumping out onto the road like I've always done.
    I quickly found POSE/Chi, Born to Run, and Inov-8. After 1 month of barefoot walk/jog on the treadmill and grass I purchased a pair of F-Lite 195's. Awesome!
    Finished my first 5k a few weeks ago and am now training for a 10k. I'm sure Inov-8 will help me get there!

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  16. When I started trail running I got a pair of trail running shoes at the local running store. They were like having two wooden planks on the bottom of each foot. If the ball of my foot landed on a small rock the whole foot had to tilt, no flexibility. I bought a pair of MudRoc 280's based on the online description. They took a little getting used to but once I adapted the idea that my foot could move around objects and not just tilt was great.

    I ran 30k races over goat trails in that pair of shoes and I'm convinced that it is far easier to let the foot move and contort to the terrain than having the lower leg muscles fight to keep your foot inline.

    I've never used a minimal shoe for road work but from tail running I can see the advantages.

    Ed

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  18. I will suggest you to change your shoes brand.Because shoes supports a lot during these physical tasks especially, in races.You can go with Reebok.That brings the best shoes for crossfit

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