I've recently started getting into running, and I've been running in very thin soled shoes as I've been reading a lot about barefoot running. I used to suffer with a lot of knee pain, but since I've been using this style of running the pain has completely gone.
I've been wearing a pair of really cheap shoes that are two years old and falling apart. They aren't designed for exercise, they are just cheap lace-up casual shoes.
I was just wondering if anyone else on here does this style of running and if so what shoes do you wear? I've read about Vibram 5-fingers and Nike Frees but I was also wondering if people had had success with cheaper plimsoll type shoes?
I have been using my Vibram Bikila for about a year and a half now. I only use them to lift but there was a brief time I used them for running. They definitely helped with my shin splints but running is very rough on my hip (I have perthes disease) so I stopped. I love them as a lifting shoe as well.
For over 20 years i have been avoiding shoes. At home it is barefoot or only socks when it is cold. I would focus on surface. I would avoid any hard surface. Anything close to barefoot is worth a try. Maybe alternating running/jogging, cycling and or swimming if you put in many hours to avoid overuse issues. All the best !
My previous pair were "free's", comparable to the free 3.0's but with less cushion( bought back in 2010/11). The flex run's are close in feel, little more padding, and about 2/3's the price. I'm in the air between getting another pair or trying a trail shoe now that winter is coming.
I really like the Merrell Trail Glove. I have had two pair now and wear them for lifting, off road running (I swore off hard surface running a few years ago) and often just around town running errands. I think that you can find them just about anywhere for $70ish.
Happy to help. It's funny - I put on my pair of Brooks running shoes the other day and they felt as if I were wearing snow boots. They were the best shoes I could find for running on asphalt. But after you get used to using a no support shoe, everything else feel clunky and awkward.
I would agree with spk here. Hard work trumps all... and learning to run efficiently is a lot of help too.
That being said: Cheap shoes (like less than or equal to $60) may look bulky and not minimalist, but they really are just soles with a cover over them... given some time of consistent running they'll start to "fall apart" into some minimalist shoes.
Or you can fork over the money for Inov-8's. I think these shoes are the best minimalist not-toe-shoes... they just fall apart quickly if you're not light on your feet.
Maybe there are 2 different ways. - 400 M = running. - 30 to 90 min. = jogging. Many say they ran a marathon but for most it could be called jogged. Short distance versus 1 hour plus is different in my experience. Joggers who like to jog usually do over 5 hours weekly outside. Motorized help is not even considered. Footwear is a personal choice. Overuse problems are a reality.
I run 2400m/1.5mi in about 9:30 or about 6:25/mi. That's not at all fast by competitive running standards but it's not exactly jogging.
I have found that overuse problems aren't as common as technique problems, whether we're talking about running, lifting or whatever else.
Footwear and training modalities are totally a personal choice. That said, no amount of cushioning or motion correction will protect your joints from the long term effects a heavy foot strike. It will, however, protect your feet so you don't get that immediate, negative feedback that tells you not to do it that way.