Well hello there FitFeat friends!
Hope that your week is off to a great start! It’s going to be another fast one, I can tell already! Time flies when you are having fun and loving life, right? I swear I need to go back and see what my July horoscope had in store for me because I feel like things have been working out in my favor lately – in a “wow that was pure luck” sort of way! Yes, I read horoscopes AFTER the fact. It’s more fun! I also read magazines from back to front. I’m odd like that, I guess!
So, those of you who were FitFeat readers a year-and-a-half ago may recall that was when I got my Vibram 5Finger shoes. And proceeded to rave about them for how they took the pressure off my knees – no pain when wearing them for running.
Well I have found a new reason to wear them.
Last week when I was insanely tired from an unplanned delayed arrival into Denver coming home from my work trip, I left my house to run an errand wearing these:
Well that excess piece of sandal you see in front of my toes somehow latched onto a curb and threw me down hard before I even knew what hit me.
Giving me one of these on my knee:
(I decided not to post the pic I took when it first happened, because it was really gross. This is 5 days of healing – so not as bad.)
Can I just tell you I was up from the ground in a NANO-second after biffing it? I forgot how embarrassing taking a tumble in public is. My purse went flying, I landed all askew. I popped up like it never happened and kept right on going. (My pride was seriously hurt more than this knee!) Until I started to bleed all over the card section of the drug store…at which point I had to hit up their pharmacy to beg for a band-aid or two.
It occurred to me that had I been wearing my 5Fingers, this would not have happened. They fit nice and snug, and I would have been light on my feet instead of the “slap slap flapping” of my loose sandals.
Lesson learned. (I must say in my own defense that my 5Fingers were in the washing machine at the time… since I’d used them a bunch the prior weekend.)
Now that you are hearing yet again all the virtues of “barefooting” it in your 5Fingers – I have to share this cool race info with you. A colleague of mine and his wife started these Barefoot Races and they have them all over the country:
The Naked Foot 5K, sponsored by Merrell
If you live near one, check them out! And check out their website because they have some fun info out there. Plus they collect shoe donations for Soles for Souls (a shoe charity that recycles shoes for people in need). If you know any barefoot runners (or anyone interested in starting) this would be a great event for them to look into!
I know some of you readers have done some barefoot running. Who’s barefootin’ it these days? Leave a comment and share!