Anyone ever try this?
I am not talking about minimalist running shoes either, I'm talking about barefoot running shoes.
The difference is that minimalist shoes have a mid sole, and barefoot running shoes have only an in sole and an out sole.
An example would be Merrell Vapor Glove (barefoot), and Merrel Trail Glove (minimalist). The Trail Glove has a 4mm mid sole between the in sole and the out sole, where the Vapor Glove has no mid sole.
I have been toying with this for a while now and think there is definitely something to it. Lately I have been doing some of my runs in my Vapor Gloves, and so far can run about 3 miles in them (on paved trails). The ground feel is so much that it forces me to run more softly and properly, because it hurts if I don't. My feet are also getting stronger as well, and I feel a lot less stress on my joints compared to regular running shoes (which I still use a lot).
This requires a long time to adjust to, and could take at least a year or longer to get fully adjusted to it. I still have a long way to go, but I feel progress more and more as time goes on and I do it more.
I think that is why most runners who have been running a long time do not want to try it, because they don't want to have to basically start over again from scratch, and I can't blame them for that. And the ones who have tried it and gotten an injury, is probably because they did not do it gradually enough. JMO though.
Many people say it was a fad that came and went, but it looks to me that there are a lot of people who still do it, and swear they will never go back to regular running shoes again.
A member of our India team does 20 mile runs totally barefoot on paved roads. He tells me he does not like regular running shoes, but would use barefoot running shoes.
Anyway, I am just wondering if any of you have tried this, or are currently doing it.