Some are born mad. Some remain so. — Samuel Beckett
Clearly I’ve lost my mind.
Tomorrow morning bright and early, Go Geek Go and I are leaving to drive 2 hours to pick up some Vibram Five Fingers footwear. It’s bad enough I’m getting up early on a Sunday, getting into a small vehicle and driving two hours (attn Go Geek Go — coffee is required). But to then plunk down my hard earned money on a pair of monkey’s feet is adding salt to the gaping wound!
The last go around with this running thing, I was plagued with injuries – tendinitis, shin splints, and mystery pains that made running very miserable. In the middle of one run my feet hurt so bad I took off my shoes and ran the rest of the distance barefoot. It felt good. My calves ached a bit more than I was happy with, but it felt good to run without my feet laced up and restricted. After that toyed with the idea of barefooting it. Everything I found fell into two camps – huge proponent or huge detractor. There wasn’t a middle ground, no single person who said, “maybe”.
The more I read, the more I was convinced that this was the way to go. I was never able to prove my theory because I never ran the marathon. I was, however, shunned into silence by people who laughed at the “idiocy” of running barefoot. I would have been stupid to even try, I was told.
This time, I’m not concerned about what people think or what they say about my stupidity. I know my body mechanics and I know how I run. I am comfortable with the research I have seen and the information I have gathered. I am ready to do this thing. I just hope that the Vibram Five Fingers footwear is comfortable enough for me to use. I like the idea of some protection for my feet without binding me and limiting my movement.
So off we go tomorrow to investigate the fit and feel of my new funny footwear. One step at a time…that’s how you get to the race.