I started running some time in the late summer of 2010, doing the Couch To 5K program. I’d tried to start running a few other times, and I always had issues with shin splints that would prevent me from establishing any sort of routine. This had been the case for as long as I could remember — I ran track in my senior year of high school, and I had shin splint problems then too.

The thing that fixed those problems for me was this pair of Vibram Five Fingers KSOs. Running in these hurt at first too — but it was a different kind of hurt, a more manageable one, and one that got less the more I ran — the complete opposite of my shin splint problems, in other words.

My last run in these was the Marine Corps Marathon 10K. It was a cold, wet morning, and that hole you can see in the sole of the right shoe didn’t do me any favors — but I finished the race. Seemed like a good time to let these tired soldiers get some rest, so today I picked up a new pair of TrekSports. I’m hoping the slightly thicker sole and treads on the bottom will let me explore some trail running this spring — and who knows, there’s a local half marathon in May…

Those of you that aren’t familiar with the Vibrams, or the idea of minimalist running, may want to check out this NYT article for some background. I can’t say enough good things about these shoes; they’ve made it possible for me to run and enjoy it, and that’s just awesome.

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