I am now in my VFF Bikilas full-time. Total daily mileage (for the days I run) is 5 miles, but this week had me contemplating whether or not it’s time to start adding to my distance. I was pushed for time this week, so I opted not to. Next week, though, is another week, and I may accidentally increase my distance.
Total VFF miles: 138
Total days running in VFFs: 41
First day to run all in VFFs: day 34 (I probably could have done this on day 33, but because I had 3/4 miles “left over,” I figured I could add just 1/4 mile that one day to even things out.)
First day running in VFFs: May 31, 2011
First day running 100% in VFFs: August 26, 2011
Summary: I will likely never own another kind of running shoe. EVER. My foot pain is not entirely gone; my Achille’s tendon in the one foot stays a wee little bit tight/sore, but as long as I make the point to stretch it frequently, it is not problematic or prohibitive. In fact, the last several days, it has not bothered me at all while running.
Foot pain (plantar fasciitis) has not resolved. It’s significantly better, though, and I think that’s encouraging.
Hip pain– I have days when it flares and is quite painful, or wakes me up when I’m sleeping. Overall, though, this is also significantly better than even a few months ago.
- Now that I’m in my VFF Bikilas full-time, I only have a few “complaints.” On the inside arch of both feet, it seems the seam of the shoe is mildly irritating. This doesn’t bother me at all when running, but I do some red marks of irritation.
- I am very glad these are washable. I am planning on working on them this weekend and hoping I can get the sole back to 100% white. I wish the inside of the shoe was another color.
- Hunny still thinks they are really ugly. I disagree. 😉
I am pretty sure that the next pair I’m going to get are going to be the Bikila LS (for Lace System), but am still researching. Given that I only have 140 miles (give or take) on this pair,it will probably be a really long while. I’d be replacing my other shoes soon. I will still update; but may do that in 100 mile intervals.
For those interested in a bit more detail, the log is below.
Day 32 – ran 4.5 in VFFs, a little more soreness in L Achilles tendon; but not too bad overall; just really hot and tired today.
Day 33- ran 4.75 in VFFs; things feel pretty good; some initial soreness until I warmed up.
Day 34- ran all 5 in VFFs; best time to date so things are finally feeling pretty good.
Day 35- ran all in VFFs; tired today and could not push through it
Day 36- ran/jogged all in VFFs; some strain in Achilles tendon when warming up; felt ok after 1/2 mile or so; quite tired today; allergies going
Day 37- ran all; Some initial soreness in Achilles, but fine once warmed up.
Day 38- ran all; felt R calf tightness a little; some initial tightness in L Achilles; did not push much today.
Day 39; – ran all; R calf tight; feet have been sore over the weekend; marginal tightness in L Achilles
Day 40; –ran all; got a late start and didn’t stretch a whole lot; wonder how that will go; things felt pretty good, but didn’t eat early enough
Day 41-ran all; legs/feet are pretty good today- all best times are this week, even though tired and not feeling like I can push much
VFF miles: 15
Total Miles: 15
Total VFF miles this record: 49.25
Total miles for this record: 50