Running has been a struggle for the past couple of months.
There are two reasons for this.
Firstly it has not been light until after 8:30 in the morning. This has meant a run before work has been impossible. I run on an unlit, uneven and rocky path. It would be lethal to run in the dark.
The other reason has been the weather. It has been either icy or flooded. I don’t mind running in the rain but seriously, I would need scuba gear to run at the moment
This is the road I run down at the start of my run and the path a week after the flooding. It has washed the surface away
This is the field near our house. Yep – a field not a lake. We were actually flooded in at one point! Luckily the house is high up so no problems there.
So I’ve been running in Vibram five fingers for a long while now but the ones I had were “summer” versions. Running on an icy path left me close to frostbite by the time I got home.
I heard that they were bringing out a new range of fleece lined, waterproof Vibrams called the Lontra LS but they have only just come out and I couldn’t put off running.
So I decided to buy a new pair of Vibrams. I looked for a local shop so I could see them but noone near Dundee sells them so I ended up buying a pair of Komodo Sport ones in the hope that the fact the description says for outdoor cross country would mean they were more solid.
Well they eventually arrived. They are more lined than my others whilst still having all the comfort and flexibility that Vibrams are famous for.
Today I went out for my first run in them. They definitely protect my feet better. Better in fact than the old ones with special socks. I did feel a bit of water seeping through the toes but overall much less sogginess was experienced!
The only problem I have with Vibrams is that whilst my big toes fit fine, thanks to being squeezed into shoes that were too small in childhood my 2 outer little toes are bent in and don’t fill the toe space at all. As it happens, this doesn’t seem to affect the running in them – I have never tripped over them or caught them on anything – it just means they are not quite as comfortable as they could be.
Overall I totally love them though. I would recommend these and barefoot running to anyone.