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Almost shoeless! My first Vibram FiveFingers

The nice folks at Vibram sent me a pair of FiveFinger Sprints the other day after hearing that I’m doing a story on barefoot running. I haven’t tried them out yet (rain! work! laziness!), but when I do I promise to give it to you straight. How weird do they feel? How is running different in FiveFingers vs. my cushy Asics? Will I get used to the toes? Will passers-by point and laugh? Will my husband cross the street? We shall see.

My story on barefoot running will be in The Dallas Morning News on Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the GuideLive section. Stories on this latest wave of the barefoot fascination have been written this year, and this one isn’t any more focused than that. It’s a general overview for folks who are like, “Barefoot what? Why?” I’ll post it here when it’s ready.

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  1. I enjoyed your column in the paper this morning! But I can't find your column online (at I'd like to forward the link to friends, do you know where your column is located on the Dallas Morning News web site?


  2. I enjoyed your column in the paper this morning! Would like to forward to a "barefoot" runner out of state but can't find your column online (at

  3. Count me among the growing throng of minimalist shoe runners in the Metroplex.
    Enjoyed your column today. i saw a link from another barefoot runner on twitter. I'm at

    I had been putting more and more miles on my vibram Five Fingers. I have Treks and was up to about 20 miles per week on them. My longest was 12 miles to date.
    I went to check out the trails at Grapevine Lake where I also intended on running The Rockledge Rumble. Unfortunately, I suffered a stress fracture last week and am now in 4-6 week rest from running jail.
    My point being that I was doing a lot of barefoot and minimalist running but may have ramped it up too fast and am now paying the price for it.
    So take it easy as you go. Let your feet and body be your guide.
    Good luck.

  4. Be careful and go slowly with the fivefingers. If you want them, you can pair with injinji socks. Sizing is important. Wrong size can give you blisters.

    When I first got my Sprints, I ran three miles I was so excited to try them out. That was the start of three weeks of calf pain. My calf muscles were not used to that sort of work. I should have eased into the new running form. But since getting through that, I've not looked back. I love my fivefingers. I've taken them to nearly 8 miles now and I look forward to cooler days and longer distances.


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