Around the time of my toe injury (which turned out to be a hip misalignment) I became very frustrated with running and more so, with my body. I didn’t understand why body was failing me. I took care of myself. I ate right, worked out, stretched and even foam rolled. Then I started to have minimalist thoughts.
Then sometime in October my toe began to hurt when I ran and it went downhill from there. It wasn’t until mid-March I got a clean bill of health from my sports medicine doctor and my physical therapist. Only in the last few weeks have I begun to truly feel like a runner again.
I, like many other runners, took some time to reflect during that injury period. I wondered what I had done wrong and what I could do better. During that time I came across a variety of methods – namely barefoot and minimalist.
I contemplated going barefoot but, for me, reality slapped me upside the face. I do not live in the same world my ancestors did. I live in a world of concrete, broken glass and discarded cigarette butts. There is a reason man created shoes. Now today’s shoes are vastly different than the first sandals man wore, but shoes none-the-less.
What would work for me? I decided I wasn’t 100% sure that my current running shoes (full of cushion and stability) were the right thing for me. I also decided that financially I could not go out and immediately buy a bunch of new shoes.
I decided to ease into a minimalist pattern. Maybe I would run minimalist 1 day a week. Maybe I would wear heels less. Maybe I would buy higher quality shoes from now on. Maybe I would look for a wider toe box to let my toes move more naturally as I ran. And maybe I would wear Vibram FiveFingers.