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I’ve been hearing Sarah Brightman {with Andrea Bocelli} in my head this last week; ya know, because life is a soundtrack and all that jazz.

If you’ve been reading along, you’ll remember that I hate shopping.  I hate shopping so much I’m seriously thinking about making a category, just so y’all can kvetch with me. Erg.

So anyhow.

June of 2011 brought me to a critical point in my decades of running when, thanks to my chronic illness{s} and my plantar fasciitis, I realized something serious needed to change if I was going to not only walk without pain, but continue running. I spent a boatload of time researching, as I do with all things. I am not prone to leaping into fads, and do what I can to avoid them. By the time I got around to ordering my hobbit feet,  aka Vibram Five Finger Bikilas, I was pretty much at my wits end, and at the end of options to try. Bikila VFFs

I knew there would be a period of time to transition into them full time, which I wrote about. I also promised periodic updates, which I managed to keep up with up to the point we moved. My last post about my VFFs was in May of 2012, when I hit 1,000 miles. I am sad to say, my running tanked when we moved. It was sporadic at best, and it’s taken me over 2 years to log close to another 500 miles. 😯

There has been SO much to do on the farm; not just chickens and horses, but painting the whole house, including doors, windows, and all the miles of moldings. I haven’t gotten a whole lot finished, but I did manage to get the really bad blood spatter painted over. I still have curtains to make for every room but one. And that’s just inside. I have a ton to paint outside, too.u

With Hunny away for work and me basically single-parenting day-to-day, I reached a point where it was time to get back to my running. In many ways, it’s been really tough to have to build my mileage back up. I started at 4 miles and worked my way back up to 5 miles {and some change}. Hah!

I think I’ll prolly have to hold steady through the summer, unless it cools off, because wow. I left late this morning at 7:15 and it was 80 degrees when I got home, with a 90 something % humidity. Coming from the desert, the humidity while running takes some getting used to. I make a point to leave early, but overslept today.

Over the course of the past week, I’ve noticed spots on the bottom of my shoes getting really thin. I am not a fan of gravel, which my road in either direction is, for nearly 1/2 mile in the one direction I regularly go. I had been looking online periodically for my next shoe, and have been extremely disappointed to see that my beloved Bikilas are not made any more. They have the Bikila Lses, which have laces. And then they have the Bikila EVOs, which have a thicker sole and are for folks transitioning into minimalist running shoes. Ugh, ugh, ugh.

I briefly thought about turning my Komodosport LSes KomodosportLS into my running shoes, but honestly, I’d rather save them for wearing for the rare occasions I’m not wearing flip flops or boots.

In a mad dash, I got online and ordered what I could find that looked like it would work. I ordered the See Ya Lses from the Vibram website. I was really excited when the See Ya Lses came today. I put them on, and then got really disappointed. seeyalses

Vibram has changed their US sizing. Instead of measuring your foot as before, now they ask you for your shoe size. I don’t know about you, but I notice that with traditional shoes, like clothes, the size is variable to the shoe. Frustrating! 😡

They are too big. Like, by at least a size. I tried them on and wore them around the house. Not only are they too long, but they are too wide. Any Vibram that has the laces are made for slightly wider feet, which I have, but the fit on these was just plain wonky.

Perhaps the most concerning feature was the heel. If you look at the pictures, you can see how the heels on the See Yas are pointy. That part right there is much taller, and digs into the back of my Achilles. I had them on for not even an hour and had a pressure mark on the back of my foot when I took them off. My plan is to return them for a smaller size and see if the right size makes a difference in that part of the fit.

Another thing I had read in some of the reviews, is that because they’re largly mesh {aka, “breathable;” and  is hard to see from these pictures, but is pretty clear on Zappos.com}, folks have said they are not good for winter running unless you wear socks. And we all know what my sock situation is like!

Earlier this eveing, I spent several hours online looking for other Vibram models; thus, my conundrum. I went back to the Vibram website to see what else they had. Right now it’s slim pickins’ because they just had a huge sale and are out of stock on numerous models. After hunting for hours, I ordered another pair from Zappos.

The Vibram KMD Sport Lses are, as near as I can figure, the updated version of the Komodo Sport Lses. kmdsportls How ironic is that?! I figure, if I still don’t like the fit of the See Ya Lses, I can send them back. If I like them, I can wear the KMDs during the colder months if I don’t want to wear socks. At the very least, they have the notched heel like I’m used to, with a bit of cushioning there, too. And, if I love the See Ya Lses, I can hang onto the KMDs and wear them when the others need to be replaced.

Of additional concern are the reviews that say all of these models wear out quickly. We’ll see.

My original Bikilas, as I mentioned, have lasted just over 1,425 miles. By the time the others get here, it will be close to or over 1,500.

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The foot bed in the right shoe has started to rip, and in that same shoe, the whole foot bed is wrinkly because the adhesive is shot. The upside is that it didn’t really bother me. Two days ago, I ran the last mile with what I thought was a pebble in one of the toes, only to discover it was actually a little black beetle that was still alive!

And then today, the gravel got me hard in the middle of my foot.  rockSeeing as that is not part of the foot that generally comes into hard contact with the road, you can tell I was distracted by one of the dogs who I to run back to the house because, as a border collie, she wants to run circles around the cars that pass us on the road. :/

So, as much as I hate to, it’s time to say goodbye. I am hopeful that I actually can find another pair of VFFs that I like as well, and is as well made. There is something really fantastic about not having to change out your running shoes every 300 miles!

Here’s also hoping I can get this song unstuck from my head…. 😆

 

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Took me long enough, eh? 😆  Last month was busy, which meant not much actual time for running.  I am a morning runner.  Come afternoon, I cannot promise I’ll be out of bed, unless, of course, I am working. So, I *have* to run in the morning when I am sure I have enough go-go juice to do it.

Summary 

Mileage for this record: 50 miles

VFF miles: 39.5

Total miles since getting VFFs: 152.5

Total VFF miles- 88.75

Total days running in shoes: 31

Pain summary:  As of this moment; right now; today, most of the tendon issues seemed to have resolved (knock on wood).  The hip pain has started to creep back in, so I am back to doing more exercises targeted to strengthen them. I have found doing the yoga stretches (that gave my L foot fits )*before* and after running has really been a very good thing. I have not had any additional extensor tendon pain.  

My chief complaint this record is as usual, the heat (rolling eyes), since overall, the foot pain has been tolerable. I’m still sick of pain, but am getting periods of reprieve, so that is encouraging.

Conclusion: Seriously- take it slow in adding mileage and make those resting days count.  One of the best things I’ve done, I think, is to add extra distance in VFFs the day before a rest day (the weekends, for me).  I also usually take Wednesday off as well, although I am pretty sure at this point, it’s not as much of a necessity as it used to be. I only add 1/2 a mile at a time, which I think is the most I would want to add (now that I have my head screwed on right :lol:).

The log is below.  Leave me your comments if you are interested!

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Day 22; Monday – ran 3 1/2 in VFFs; didn’t push; first day back after a week off

Day 23; Tuesday – ran 3 1/2 in VFFs; could not push; some L Achilles tendon soreness; cramping pain R heel; will do a lot of stretching today and tonight.

Day 24; Friday – ran 4 in VFFs, did a lot of stretching; glad I took 2 days off (company); R foot sore this am; very hot still, and feeling tired, so my pace was surprising today.

Day 25; Tuesday – ran 4 in VFFs; some Achilles tendon soreness; could feel R calf tighten, so will keep an eye on that; R foot continues to be pretty sore overall.

Day 26; Thursday – ran 4 in VFFs, some Achilles tendon soreness and some top of foot soreness; could feel R calf tighten a little bit, not as sore as Tuesday, but still needed to take yesterday off due to extreme soreness.

Day 27; Monday – ran 4 in VFFs; some Achilles tendon soreness along with sore R foot; R calf sort of tight; stitch in R side not feel real good; still wishing feet were not so sore, even when stretching.

Day 28; Tuesday – ran 4 in VFFs; more Achilles tendon pain; R foot moderately sore; could feel the tightness in R calf; didn’t push a lot today and was surprised speed was the same as yesterday.

Day 29; Thursday – ran 4 in VFFs; some Achilles tendon pain but not too bad; feet feel better today overall; R calf not as tight.

Day 30; Friday –  added ½ mile in  VFFs; ran 4.5; not much Achilles tendon tenderness; can still feel it, but thought it would be ok to increase another 1/2 mile; R calf pretty normal except when stretching and then I can feel it.

Day 31; Monday – ran 4.5 in VFFs; things feel ok today, but pretty hot; didn’t want to try to push

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