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vibram five fingers buy Five fingers in fourteen days I'm about 3/4 through a 12 week program to take me from a 5k runner to a half marathon I have two and a half weeks left in the program, but the half marathon isn't until the end of June. My old shoes, which were 5 year old Nike whatevers, just died (really, really died), and I'm curious about the Vibram KSOs and Komodos. I have the luxury of finishing the "ramp up to the half marathon" program with a couple of weeks to spare. So if I picked up the barefoot shoes now, would jumping back a couple of weeks in the program and trying to retrain with the barefoots be enough time? Or is adaptation a very slow process? I know YMMV with these sorts of things I'm already running at about 75% ball of foot strike, 25% heel strike, so I suspect I might be a little more oriented towards barefoots already. But your insight would be appreciated! posted by Shepherd to sports, hobbies, recreation (19 answers total) Personally it took me about 8 months to convert my style of running from heel striking to front to ball of foot striking to the point where I was happy to run a half marathon in the latter style. And this was using light weight "road racer" running shoes with a little more forgiving than VFFs in terms of their cushioning. I suspect that individuals will have quite widely varying rates at which they can transfer according to their weight, weekly mileage and leg physiology. To me a matter of weeks to adapt to new footwear, a new running style and the extra distance as you head towards the half marathon sounds rather short. posted by rongorongo at 4:38 AM on May 25, 2012 When I switched over, I dropped my mileage significantly and wasn't up to pre conversion distances for several weeks. Since you're scaling up your distances now, that might be a tough adjustment. posted by itstheclamsname at 5:11 AM on May 25, 2012 Take it slow. Pay a lot of attention and don't over push. I've found it's a nice change, though. posted by spbmp at 5:52 AM on May 25, 2012 Seconding itstheclamsname you're in the process of ramping up your mileage right now, with two weeks to go before your first half. It's going to be difficult enough just getting used to a new pair of shoes in time; I don't think I'd make the switch to Vibrams right now. posted by Mooski at 5:55 AM on May 25, 2012 Ah, bloody hell, I read you wrong. I still don't believe there's enough time to make the switch, though. posted by Mooski at 5:58 AM on May 25, 2012 I would definitely look to see if there is a barefoot running group in your area, especially to see if there are clinics/coaching you can get. Too many people injure themselves when switching. It's harder than most people think. posted by melissam at 6:07 AM on May 25, 2012 I'm a lifelong toe striker (like, the heels of my shoes don't even get dirty), and I'm barefoot any chance I get, but I still found I had to make significant adjustments to my running jogging stride when I switched from Saucony Kinvaras (a lightweight traditional shoe with a 4mm drop) to NB Minimuses (a "minimalist" shoe that still has a lot more cushion than VFFs). posted by mskyle at 6:13 AM on May 25, 2012 Maybe 3 months to get back to same distance and speed as with traditional shoes. posted by crocomancer at 6:20 AM on May 25, 2012 In my and my partner's experience, about a year. Taking it slow helped us avoid injury. posted by medusa at 7:19 AM on May 25, 2012 Have you considered getting a pair of no drop running shoes for now? They give you a lot of the same benefits as a minimal shoe (ie forefoot striking), but it's not as sudden of a transition to a total minimalist shoe. The no drops are much more forgiving to run in than total minimal shoes. You can probably finish out your training schedule with the no drops with just the 1 2 week transition time you want. If you really want to switch over to a Vibram or more minimalist shoe at the end of your training schedule, you'll have a much easier time than if you went from traditional shoe straight to them. You'll still need to drop back on mileage, but probably not as much. posted by astapasta24 at 8:48 AM on May 25, 2012 I don't think two extra weeks is nearly enough time. I'd think 6 8 weeks to get back to your current level of effort is an aggressive / bare minimum target. posted by Lame_username at 8:50 AM on May 25, 2012 Not enough time, in my opinion. Really you should spend the first week in Vibrams just wearing them to work and that, probably every other day. Stress fractures are no fun.