Everyone is crazy about minimal shoes these days and running companies have responded by coming out with many new shoes this year to meet the desires of the running public. Here at The Run Commuter, we have been running in several models for a while now and so, I thought we could talk about the Transition Period.
For those that don’t already know, minimal shoes differ from normal running shoes in a few important ways:
1) Less material = Lighter and more flexible
2) Heel-toe drop is small or zero
3) Little or no arch support
There are several popular transitioning techniques and regimens, such as running barefoot, slow mileage buildup, mixing running in your regular shoes with running in minimal shoes, etc. However, most runners do not want to sacrifice their current mileage or speed to get to the point where they are running in minimal shoes 100% of the time. As a result, they end up with stress fractures or other injuries.