It’s been six months since my last post now but I’m still an aspiring barefoot runner, if not blogger. Perhaps that should be a committed minimalist runner, which, for me, seems more practical in the UK. To get up to speed and with the benefit of hindsight I’m going to reflect on the year between the Bristol Half Marathons of autumn 2010 and 2011 in four short posts.
In 2010 I ran my best time ever in a pair of low support, very Inov-8 flexible off-road shoes. They still had some cushioning and a raised heel but were lightweight and free compared to the motion-control stacks I used to run road races in.
After that I made the decision to buy some truly minimalist road shoes and invested in a pair of Vivo Barefoot’s Evo IIs. These have been fantastic – very light weight, very flexible, and eminently wearable – in fact I wore them as general shoes all throughout the summer.
I was about to write my first post on these wonderful shoes when I got my first barefoot related injury, which I mentioned at the time in an earlier post, but looking back I was very resistant to accepting it was a training/running injury at the time.