The Invisible Shoes & The Barefoot 1/2 Mile.

So, I mentioned on Facebook that the Invisible Shoes I ordered arrived, surprising me by being so think and light they came in a Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope.  I’ve been reading the book “Born to Run,” which I recommend even to people with no love of running, and trying to find my way back onto the road and out of some extra poundage I’ve picked up.

The gist of it appears to be…we were born with feet and bodies designed to be able to run long distances.  The shoe industry (Nike in particular) has spent decades now convincing us we have to cushion, support and baby our feet with higher and higher tech shoes for half our salaries, while – in fact – there has never been any data to support their claims.  Now the data seems to say – if you wear expensive shoes you are MORE likely to be injured.  Barefoot runners are winning races, racking up the miles, and have caught my interest.

So…just to share…tonight I strapped on (incorrectly) my Huareches (sandals) and hit the road with my son Zane’s Hero HD camera strapped to my head.  Here are the things I learned.

The heel strap is very important.  If the shoe slips off your heel, it simply won’t work for running.  I found that one of my two sandals was too loose at the heel.  I decided, however, that I was not giving up that easily, so I ran the first mile barefoot.  I passed a very amused and confused man and his dog.  I did NOT hurt my feet as I feared on gravel or anything else..I also did not go far.

Your first time out you WILL use muscles in your calves and legs that are not ready for it.  It IS good to have the tiny thin padding of the shoe, just because those of us not used to going barefoot don’t have calloused soles on our feet.

Then I came back, watched the video again, laced on the sandals to take the dog for a walk…and learned that having them too tight over the toes is ALSO not going to work, which means…I have to get this just right.  I intend to keep at it.  I am convinced, after one run, that the sheer difference of it will keep me going, and I see many miles in my future.  I would LOVE to work up to a half or full marathon before I’m done.  I’m 52, but that’s not nearly too old for this.

Onward!

-DNW

2 comments

  1. There *is* a “sweet spot” to tying huaraches. Not too tight, not too loose. Some people get it right on the first try. Others, it takes a day or two of tweaking. But once you get it (assuming you’re using one of our slip-on/slip-off styles), you won’t have to re-tie them for months, if ever!

  2. I figured as much. I just about growled when I tied them the second time and it was too tight, which confused the dog. I’ll get it. I can tell from the wear on the pads of my feet that to take it up any distance notches will require the sandals. Still enjoyed it, and happy to be on the road again. Wish it wasn’t winter!

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