Minimalist Running Shoes - Warning
First long run wearing the flat heel, open box shoes - Merrill's nod to barefoot running. I guess reading "Born to Run" really got into my head. Yesterday, road my bike to the dirt path run, road back home. The warning for those transitioning from regular running shoe is your calfs will be barking the next day. Especially dangerous for big guys putting a big load on each stride.
OMG, can't believe how tight my calf and achilles tendon muscles are today, like I ran up the stairwell at the empire state building. If I were to day the same run today I suspect I would be injured for sure. On the other hand, it does tend to confirm that running in the classic modern running shoe shortens those muscles, those big heel pads and heel striking result in a compact stroke.
Kinda excited to see how my pedal stroke changes after the transition, I suspect the stronger forefoot and longer calf extension is going to pay dividends on a bike, climbing perhaps. But, I'm slowing it down; the advice in those articles to think in terms of 6 to 10 months before you fully rely on flat shoes seems justified. It's like learning to run, walk all over again.
Anyone make the transition to minimalist running, walking shoes?