Wearing running sandals in the cold
It’s time to answer a question I get at least once a week (even in the middle of Summer, which is when I’m writing this). And the question is:
What do you do in the Winter when you want to wear Invisible Shoes?
There are a few options. But let me preface them by saying that the only time I’ve worn anything other than my huaraches in the last 18 months is when I put on my running shoes… to shovel 2′ of snow. (Oh, and when I’m in my sprinting spikes.)
So that leads to the first answer: You’ll adapt.
I’m not superhuman, or missing nerve endings. I’ve adapted. And I’m NOTHING compared to my friend from Runbare.com, Michael Sandler. Check out THIS:
Think about it, our ancestors lived in some mighty cold places without shoes for quite a while. You can, too. Now, granted, they grew up that way and adapted, but you’ll be amazed at how much your body will adapt if you give it time.
My first Winter after I started wearing huaraches was a cold one. And I didn’t wear my Invisible Shoes the whole time. But by the 2nd Winter, it never occurred to me to wear anything else, unless I knew I’d be spending a LOT of time outside, mostly standing on frozen ground.
Okay, the second answer: Get some oversized wool socks (think “socks + flip flops”)
You’ll need to loosen your lacing to get the socks on, but that’ll help.
The third answer: Change the way you run.
In other words, if you feet can’t adapt, your brain can… don’t go out for a 10 mile run if your feet get cold after 1 mile.
Try something like this instead: Warm up inside. Go out for a 1 mile loop. Come back inside and run up and down your stairs to let your feet get warm. Repeat.
Oh, there is a fourth answer… but I can’t tell you what it is yet. Stay tuned