It’s Saturday, and I went to the gym this morning. And as always, I got questions about my Vibrams. I welcomed them, and they inspired me to do this post.
When people see your feet decked out in bright pink and orange toe shoes, they seem to stare at you more when you’re busting out five miles on the treadmill.
Welcome to my life.
I am a minimalist runner, and my actions when I’m rockin’ my Vibram Bikilas seem to be scrutinized more than when I wear more traditional-looking Saucony Kinvara’s for cross training.
I think that minimalist running is AWESOME. While some people think it’s weird, I’ve found that the stares I get are more curious, rather than critical.
In fact, my Vibrams have proven to be great conversation starters. Every time I wear them at a “normal” time at the gym (aka not 6:00 with all the regulars who see me in them every day), I get at least one question about them, and subsequently make a new gym friend.
Honestly, I love these questions. I always say just about the same thing: they’re awesome, I love them, and I would probably not be running today without them. I can rant and rave for a good twenty minutes about them, and have before.
People seem surprised when I tell them ya, they really are as good as people say they are. And ya, I really think you should try them. I’m always careful to emphasize that they are a GRADUAL change, and you shouldn’t just switch all your running to them.
I am a minimalist runner, and the things I wear on my feet are great conversation starters.
This is part one of a series that I have wanted to do on my minimalist running! Kate and some others have asked about it a few times, so I’m going to post how I got into it, why I love it, and things like that in a little series. I have no idea the time frame or how many posts I’m going to do, I’m just gonna wing it. This’ll be fun, because I love talking about minimalism! 🙂
PS, this morning I had to take a picture of my breakfast. It WASN’T OATMEAL. Le gasp.
What do you think about minimalism? Have you tried it? Do you have any questions about it?
I hope you all have a great weekend!!