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Old 11-14-2009, 04:15 PM   #1
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Vibram Shoes and Winter Running

I am running Winter Track, and for my trainers and possibly race shoes I was thinking of getting Vibram 5 Finger Shoes. Is there a certain type I should get for this cold weather running, and track racing? The events I am doing are 2mile and 1mile if it is important.
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Old 11-14-2009, 05:18 PM   #2
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Re: Vibram Shoes and Winter Running

The VFF Flow with a neoprene upperis designed for water and cold weather. I believe they are good for temps 40 and below.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:20 PM   #3
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Re: Vibram Shoes and Winter Running

Just gonna give you a heads up, when you get your 5 fingers make sure you work up with them.

What I mean by that is don't run a mile the first day you get them, or you will need a power scooter to get around for a few days after. When I first got mine, I decided to do a two miler to break them in....I'd be fibbing if I said thoughts of amputation didn't run through my mind.

I'd maybe do a couple hundred meters the first day then work up a hundred meters a day every other day till you adjust to them.

But if you been running around barefoot your entire life then ignore this reply
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:16 AM   #4
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Re: Vibram Shoes and Winter Running

I have heard that that happens with these. Amputations?! ha sounds like that was fun. Do you think if I get them tomorrow I will be able to run 5-6+miles straight in two weeks
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:19 AM   #5
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I am running Winter Track, and for my trainers and possibly race shoes I was thinking of getting Vibram 5 Finger Shoes. Is there a certain type I should get for this cold weather running, and track racing? The events I am doing are 2mile and 1mile if it is important.
Thanks!
Alex;
Reconsider that. The VFF's might not be your best bet for track/racing. Talk to your coach, see what the competition is wearing. VFF's while the rage now for some, have some serious learing/breaking in periods and can cause extra stress for a period, which you might not want/need for racing season.
If you want to get a pair to try/practice, go for it. Either On Line or get to a shop.
For my 2 cents, if I was trying to smoke the indoor track season, I'd find a high end running store that employee's some serious fast frigg racers and go talk with them.
Good luck.

BTW, if I remember, your early teen, so I assume your folks are going to be buying these, spend their money wisely
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:30 AM   #6
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Re: Vibram Shoes and Winter Running

i have the KSO which is just about good for everything but the toes do get a tad cold (combo of chicago cold and london wet) so I would suggest a thicker model if temp. is an issue. otherwise they are fantastic but i would take head to the warnings. it does take a little bit to break them in depending on the person and might not be fastest for you in the short term season. after my switch, my mile time initially went down, but my legs are now stronger

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Old 11-15-2009, 12:37 PM   #7
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Re: Vibram Shoes and Winter Running

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I have heard that that happens with these. Amputations?! ha sounds like that was fun. Do you think if I get them tomorrow I will be able to run 5-6+miles straight in two weeks
I wouldn't recommend that. Plan on spending a few months in them before you think of going that far on runs. I've been wearing VFF KSOs fairly regularly for almost a year and walk around barefoot as much as possible, and I still got plenty sore just from running the 5x800s in VFFs a few weeks ago. POSE technique starts to fall apart pretty quickly when you're tired, so that will put a lot more stress on your bones and joints.

I second the advice a few others have given--find a good running store and get some track spikes or racing flats with minimalist cushioning and support. They'll give you better traction and protect your feet without altering your stride too much.
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Old 11-15-2009, 01:30 PM   #8
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Re: Vibram Shoes and Winter Running

Thank you,
Based on what you guys have said, I am still going to get a pair. I will not use them as trainers, or racing shoes though. (I have spikes, and my trainers should be able to last) So I will just use them either as regular shoes to get used to or for some crossfit workouts, and my lifting.
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HAHA, Eric your avatar creepes me out.
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HAHA, Eric your avatar creepes me out.
Not a Karl Hungus fan I see....
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