Learning the hard way. Transitioning to barefoot running requires patience
It’s been more than two weeks now since I last ran, since then and I’ve been hobbling around on crutches. The pain when I try to put weight on the ball of my left foot is nowhere as bad as it was a week ago, so I’m hoping I’ll make a full recovery (full recovery = being able to hop on my left leg pain free) in the next few weeks. Those who know me know that when I’m injured and can’t exercise I’m a prick. Thankfully I’ve been able to hobble to the gym and lift a few weights, plus I can use the exercise bike if I push from the heel end of my foot.
One positive is that injury brings a little bit of perspective. Here’s what I’ve learned:
I’m not as patient as I thought I was
I should cherish my health every day
I should have spent a long time walking in the VFFs before I even considered running in them
I should never have run through pain, I should have switched to my Nikes until I’d properly recovered
I should have alternated between running in my Nikes and the VFFs
The VFFs are a tool, and there’s a right way and a wrong way to use them
Using crutches is hard work
People on crutches are touched much more often by random acts of kindness
What now? At first I never wanted to slip the VFFs on ever again. Like an affair, cheating on my Nikes with a bitter end. Now that the initial anger has passed, I’m convinced that running is a skill, regardless of the footwear. The VFFs still have a part to play in becoming a better runner, I just need to be more realistic in my targets and expectations.
Fitness in Dubai features reviews of all the latest fitness programmes and local gyms, such as The Circuit Factory, 24 Fitness and CrossFit LifeSpark, as well as reviews of fitness fads, fitness tests and fitness equipment, from Vibram Five Fingers barefoot running shoes to VO2 Max testing. Ultimately, this fitness blog - as featured in Good Taste, Men's Fitness, Time Out and Shape magazines - contains everything you need to know about fitness in Dubai, UAE, in the Middle East. Bookmark it now.