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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Holy Vibram FiveFingers: True Test of Grit

Two Pair of FFs, two pair of Injinji Socks Survive 50 miles of trail

My training for the upcoming Angeles Crest 100 Mile race continued this past weekend. I really need to make sure my FiveFingers are going to be able to handle 100 miles, so I put my newest holy FFs to the ultimate test.

On Saturday, I ran over 25 hard mountain miles in the middle of the day. With temperatures over 100 degrees, I ran for 8 hours at a little over 3 mph, the pace required to meet the 33 hour deadline for the AC 100.

Running on tough mountain trails in heat, in direct sunlight is hard to do. Through my training, I have found that it is essential to keep very well hydrated and to replace electrolytes. I took one Succeed! Cap every 15 minutes during the entire training run and drank continuously. I had no cramps.

On Monday, I was out again. This time I covered 22 miles on equally difficult trails; however, this time I ran half in the earlier morning and half after 4 pm.

Results: The holy FFs are fantastic. The holes allow them to breath which is essential in high temperatures. By wearing Injinji socks, I was able to prevent debris from entering the holes.

Injinjis and FiveFingers are a great combination.

BFT

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ted,

Curious about the Injinji socks and FF with respect to sizing. I currently wear the FF barefoot and was happy to discover the Injinji socks in Trailrunner mag this past weekend. Are they a tight fit, do I need a larger pair of FF for wearing the socks. I live in Canada and hope to use these socks / FF to keep feet warm this winter.

thanks keith

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Yes, Injinji socks fit like a glove, as a matter of fact, when you first try to put them on, they seem like they won't fit; however, once you get all the toes into the right holes all is well.

Get the thinner Injinji socks if your FFs are too tight. Go with thicker ones if FFs are too loose.

BFT

Thursday, September 07, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barefoot Ted, first you started with shoes (FF, but nontheless), and now SOCKS ?? Must we be worried ? ;-)

Q. about the new FF: they look like sandals...will the old ones be discontinued? Do you like the new type?

Sunday, September 10, 2006

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Worried? Worried about what?

Someday, when you attempt to run 100 miles through the mountains in 30 hours or less, you will fully understand why I am expirementing with what I consider to be enlightened footwear.

BFT

PS. I am always looking for the most elegant solution to the problem of long-distance mountain running.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ted,

I was only joking. I think the FF are a terrific solution for 'mountain runners'.

Thanks for sharing your views and findings.

Here in The Netherlands, we don't ahve mountains, but we do have cold in the winter. Ugly weather, with fog, wind, rain, snow, and temperatures around the freezing point (sometimes much lower). The water makes it feel really cold. Do you think the FF will protect my feet from the cold, while maintaining the barefoot sensation? Thanx.

Monday, September 11, 2006

 
Blogger Barefoot Ted said...

Howdy Peter

There will be a new FiveFingers shoe coming out next year called Surge that will be made for coldwater watersports. I think that it would be perfect for your winter environment.

BFT

Monday, September 11, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great!

Pieter

Monday, September 11, 2006

 

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