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Winded After Five Measly Minutes May 13, 2010

Posted by Emily in : Health, Photo Shoots, Running, Shoes , add a comment

Hi!  It’s me!  Emily!  You know, the one who is “too busy and important” to write a little bio?


I thought I would take a minute to share my experience with Vibram Five Fingers (VFFs).

Here’s the thing, I don’t like textures on my feet, so I’m not sure I will ever go completely barefoot (plus, I love well manicured feet too much to scruff them up running).  I’m the kind of girl that has to take deep breaths before walking onto the sandy beach.  I think to myself over and over, “The sand will rinse off, the sand will rinse off, the sand will rinse off . . .”  I’m not exactly the kind of girl that likes to get my feet dirty on a daily basis either, so I hope you understand.  I am happy to be a “minimalist” and maybe over time my husband will convince me to throw all caution to the wind and I’ll let my bare feet hang out (literally).  We’ll see.

I started running in my VFF’s a few weeks ago.  Sadly,  sitting in front of my computer for hours on end, editing photos, writing, and studying, has done nothing to increase my lung capacity.


I’m suffering from lateral spread at the moment, and I know all you women out there know exactly what I’m talking about!

When I first got on the treadmill, I thought, “Great!  I’m ONLY allowed to run five minutes a day for the first week!”

Hallalujah.  This is my kind of work out!

Sadly, my lungs were ready to give up before my feet were, and that is just pathetic all around.  I mean, who gets winded after FIVE MEASLY MINUTES!?

OK, so it happened to me.

I’ve been running here and there, but really, consistency in exercise is not my strong suit, (What gave it away?  The 20 pounds of baby weight I’ve been carrying around the last two years?) so VFF’s are worn on a casual everyday basis.

Mostly, I wear them on walks with the kids, to photo shoots,  out shopping, and to family gatherings.

I love them.  They are really comfy.

They are also a great conversation starter, and without a doubt, I end up talking about barefoot running with my clients at every shoot.

Take this for example: (her foot wear is about as opposite from barefoot as you can get)

I got into this box and demonstrated this pose for her (so she could clearly see my vision for the image) in my VFF’s.

Then, she pointed out the obvious and asked me about my “crazy socks.”  What you don’t see in this picture are four more ballerina’s and their mothers who were at the shoot,  all actively listening in.

You KNOW their feet are just CRYING for a pair!