Hi All! Greetings from Seattle!
Just getting started on the transition to Huarache running and thought I'd share
my thoughts and experiences from the beginning. From what I've experienced thus
far, it should be fun, challenging and quite interesting!
I've posted a couple of day's experience on the Invisible Shoe Facebook page but, I think
I'll just post here since there doesn't seem to be much traffic there yet.
All the best to you!
(Soon to be BF)Brent
(Facebook re-post below:)
I'm blown away at how great of an experience it was. I only went about a
mile and a half, just to make sure I ease into it and give my body a
chance to respond and adapt. I really wanted to do more! I tried several
types of surfaces, from road and sidewalk to mud, grass, wooded areas
and rocks. The 4mm's were perfect protection and a completely barefoot
What can I say but, THANK YOU!, Steven and Lena!
Okay, I was going to hold back but, I just went for it today. A couple of miles out and
back from my house to the trailhead. A few miles on the trails. For being "invisible",
the huaraches really turn some heads, I have to say. Lots of "WTF!" looks. Ha!
It was pretty intense in the 4mm's! Most parts of the trail were fine but,
there's a pretty long, about 1/4 mile section of that trail that's all
gravel that I hit both out and back. Let's just say that I felt
"connected" to that part! LOL!
I'm really feeling my calves and I got blisters between my big and second
toes but, no biggie. In a month I think the transition should be complete.
Think like a cat!
Yikes! I overdid it yesterday. My feet are fine (a couple blisters but no, problem) but,
my CALVES! LOL! Wow, they're friggin' toasted.
I'm sure they'll be fine but, that just surprised me a bit. I thought it would be
a matter of getting my feet conditioned more than anything.
Transition may take a while!
What I do feel is burning / sore small muscles on my legs and feet that I never noticed while the bigger ones aren't affected at all.
Check out this list of excercises:
I was doing some of them for some time already before deciding to try minimalism and they seem to have worked well.
If possible try also to run on grass or sand. It the grass or sand is soft enough try running completely barefoot for 10 minutes.
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