You might have noticed that I’ve been quiet around here over the past week or so.
No, it’s not that I’ve fallen into groupie-dom on the Backstreet Boys / New Kids on the Block tour, despite any Facebook rumors you may have heard.
The real reason is that I’ve been busting my tail to put together some really good free stuff for you that’ll finally be available this week.
Tomorrow I’ll be publishing a 16-page special PDF report that’s all about the crucial mistakes people make when they try to train for their first half marathon, mistakes that often leave them injured, discouraged or both.
And of course, the report explains what you need to do to avoid those missteps. It’s something you’ll find extremely useful if you’re just starting to think about a half marathon and wondering about what it might take for you to do it, or if you’ve tried in the past but struggled with it.
But that’s for tomorrow. Today it’s Memorial Day, so since the audience is probably a little thin, I’ve got something different than usual. A little story, if you will. It’s the answer to the question — which I get ALL the time — “Matt, how come you don’t run in Vibram Five Fingers anymore?”
It all started as a Boston-qualifying present.
Like so many other runners, maybe even you, I was led to Vibram Five Fingers when I read Born to Run. I had been curious about the shoes-with-toes for a while, but in a show of restraint that was completely uncharacteristic, I delayed buying a pair until my marathon was finished, the marathon for which I was training so hard to qualify for Boston.
“Not worth the risk,” I said.
The risk, of course, was of getting injured. Of forcing all those small muscles in my feet, which had so long been neglected in modern running shoes, to do some work. And perhaps they would not be up to the task.
But as soon as I did run that marathon (and did qualify), I bought a pair of Vibrams as my reward for qualifying.
Vibram Five Fingers
Although I enjoyed the novelty of my Five Fingers, I pretty quickly noticed three unsettling things: