5301 + 1.9 = 5302.9
Themis wrote:Anyone have experience with either of these? Or minimalist running in general?
I have a pair of five fingers for hiking (Treksport) which I could not possibly love any more, and have done a lot of barefoot hiking in general, including Mt. Washington
. I used to regularly run barefoot on our track when I was in college, and recently I've been running using some old spikeless sprinting shoes I bought in high school and never really used at the time*.
In all three cases, I prefer less shoe to more. Too much weight on your feet once you get used to something smaller. It's also a lot harder to turn your ankle when there's less height between your foot and the ground. (And - though less salient for running - no shoe ever made has better grip than your bare foot (barring spikes/crampons/etc.).)
- As probably the worst distance runner in the thread, anything I say should be taken with a grain of salt. I have no experience whatsoever with running more than 4-5 miles barefoot (or in any other fashion). No idea what issues you might have to deal with if putting serious weekly mileage on bare or minimally shod feet. I've done some pretty intensive hiking
minimally shod, but there's a knowledge gap when talking about running.
- I've been a barefooter nonstop since I was little, so my feet are probably more adapted to this than most. Any real arch support in a shoe is too much for me, and will give me bad cramps within a quarter mile. I usually tie my shoes so loosely that it's just enough to keep them from falling off. Sounds like you're just about the exact opposite.
That all said, at least with the case of the five fingers and hiking, I've never known anyone who's used them and hasn't fallen in love with them. Which suggests to me that everyone's feet can adapt to minimal footwear eventually.
*These. They certainly weren't designed with minimal running in mind, but my feet seem to like them.
Actually, I've used these for backpacking as well, just this past January in the Utah Canyonlands. Long story how they came to be pressed into service, but they got the job done admirably. (Just had to really look out for kicking prickly pear - they have these little suckers out there, that sometimes just barely protrude from the ground. Just asking you to kick them by accident and bury a spike three inches deep between your toes.)
The Five Fingers are obviously superior for hiking, having been, you know, actually designed for that purpose. On the flip side, I've never run in a pair of the less grippy Five Fingers (aside from a few goofy looking laps around the store), so I can't compare.