Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Criminal Profiling Topic of the Day: (or not) The Verdict is In!

No, this post has nothing to do with criminal profiling or Casey Anthony. I just have to rave about my Vibram Bikila FiveFingers running shoes! They rock, they really rock! The first time I wore them, I wasn't so sure I was really going to like them, but the second time out, I was sold.

Here is why:

My first run in the Vibrams was very interesting. First thing I noticed, was I definitely could feel the ground; not in a bad way, but it was right there, not somewhere under a big thick sole. Then I tried to jog which is fairly impossible in Vibrams because you can't land on your heels. You are forced into a run, at least a slow run, which for me felt like I was moving in very, very slow motion, a weird sensation like running against the wind which there wasn't any of. Also, my calve muscles immediately hurt like heck. I realized then, that I never much used my leg muscles when I jogged; I kind of just lumped along.

So, forty minutes later, I had made it around the lake twice, slow running and walking. I knew I had done something useful since I had discovered my calf muscles but I wasn't too sure about that strange slow motion feel. I kind of preferred the regular way shoes felt but I had to admit I also like the freedom and the no socks, no rubbing toes, and no stress from coming down heavily with each step. I decided i would hold out on my verdict and see how things went.

I took a day off to recover (well, to walk again) and then I went back for Round Two. What an amazing second run! This time I actually ran and ran with the form of an African marathoner! My form completely changed from my normal jogging style. I was landing on the balls of my feet, my shoulders pushed back and chest was out. I could feel my calves again and my stomach muscles had to contract. I could hardly hear my feet hit the ground and when other runners came up behind me, I could hear them thump, thump, thumping along for a good while before they caught up to me.

Somewhere in the middle of racing along like a barefooted Kenyan (okay, this was just my second time and I wasn't really racing; but there were moments where I could see the light), I knew I was never putting a regular pair of running shoes on my feet again, at least not for this.

Vibrams may be the freakiest shoe you will ever wear, but your feet and your running style will thank you for it. I am hooked.

Criminal Profiler Pat Brown

12 comments:

Gina Bullard said...

They are fabulous! Do they come in Pink?

Pat Brown said...

Actually, yes, Gina!

NancyB said...

Very helpful information for me as I have been wondering if I should try them and now I think I will. Thanks.

Until We Bead Again, Beth Murr said...

Love your honesty. The shoes aren't bad either!

Anonymous said...

I've seen these before at the marathons my husband and his friends run. I don't get it. Oh, not the shoes, they seem better than running without shoes. It's RUNNERS. I don't get it. I get tired DRIVING 3.1 miles, lol. Les Mills' body pump on the other hand...

Gina Bullard said...

I will have to get a pink pair for sure<----motivation to walk more,can't commit to the running thing yet! Sigh,maybe fall when it's not scalding hot out and or when I can tear myself away the computer!

Cate said...

I have a pair of Vibram five finger "shoes" and notice that since they have no cushion, running on the ground and grass is much better on my body than the cement/paved path. And yes, they are terrific.

Anonymous said...

Weird shoes wonder if they exist in australia.will only walk as too fat to run

Eyes said...

Very interesting. Haven't seen a pair run by me, but I am not a runner. Very cool! Makes good logical sense to me.

NancyB said...

FYI - I read a Rolling Stone interview (from a month ago) yesterday with Keith Olbermann and he attributed his very painful stress fracture in his foot to these running shoes.

Much more importantly, I just read that Amazon pulled your McCann book. I am stunned. So, they are most likely directly involved in the child's disappearance and all that they have to do is complain loudly to Amazon about defamation and your book is pulled? I am very disappointed about this. I'm in the middle of reading The Profiler and intended to read the Ebook next. Would letters of complaint to Amazon be helpful?

CatToy said...

Those are Hot! I love to go barefoot, and I'd love to run in these!

Kat

Angelique said...

Hi Pat

I can see why you like them - running barefoot is one of the ways most successful marathon runners practice. I used to run every day but have not run for a while now. I used to love just the speed of running.

Are they available in UK?