I got my VFF Komodo Sport since July 2011. For the whole year 2011, the longest training and racing distance covered in VFF is 12.3km during the Men’s Health Night Race. The running in VFF then was temporary put on hold as I signed up The River Jungle Marathon and lots of training needed for my first 42.195km. I will not able to cope with the training loads that focused on both endurance (FM training) and strength (VFF training).
4 months had gone; I completed 3 FM and some races in shoes. VFF used only few of my shorter training workouts. I didn’t lose my interest in running with VFF and finally, I restarted the VFF training in last month. It’s still fun to run with VFF! I spent all the training in CNY breaks with VFF in Ipoh, and the legs eventually addicted to the feeling. Post CNY, I completed 2 more LSD in 19k & 21k respectively in VFF. The experience is great and I didn’t have much problem post run. Only felt some hot spots on my sole and both calves are sore.
|2012 CNY running in VFF, before the Bare with Me! mini running clinic. Photo by Tey.|
I also joined the mini clinic that organized by Facebook group “Bare with Me!” regarding barefoot running. It was a great sharing session by the seniors/experts who love to running barefoot. I realized that I am still lagging on calves & quads strength and the sole is still too soft. Barefoot drills needed to fix these shortfalls. Some key take away from the clinic (for barefoot or minimalist shoes runners),
1. Running light with soft landing on mid foot.
2. Training on hard surface is better than soft surface.
3. Barefoot drills as cross training will helps to improve the strength of the muscles groups and the sole.
4. Important to run in proper form.
5. Give your foot & legs enough time to heal, never attempt running TMTS (too much too soon).
(More detail in FB post by CPTan, LINK)
Now I am included a morning of barefoot walking (hopefully soon it will be running) as part of the cross training. You will never realize how rough our road surface really is until you do this. The first BF walk was painful! I will also alternating the VFF and shoes on weekly basis. Hopefully I will be ready to run with VFF in SCKLM in June.