My Solo Barefoot Birthday Run/Video and Invisible Shoe Huaraches Review
|Barefoot Birthday Solo Run|
I got to steal away from "normal" life for a bit and enjoy a few moments on the trails all by myself. I don't know how far I went exactly but I was out for at least an hour and a half. I would guess it was somewhere around four miles because I stopped to take pics, make a brief video and enjoy the mild weather on top of the knoll.
|The view on top of the knoll|
The last time I ran those trails barefoot it was covered in mud. This time there was lots of sand and fine, soft dirt. The powdery stuff was heaven. The spurs and thistles... um... not so much. Yeah. Its been a while since I've been able to do a decent length barefoot run. My feet have a little warming up to do. But it was my birthday and although I love my family very much, I needed to get the hell out of Dodge if you know what I mean.
|A view of the lake on my run|
And speaking of trying new things... I had an opportunity to try out my new pair of (partially) homemade 6mm Invisible Shoes Huaraches. The great people over at Invisible Shoes offered The Run Smiley Collective free pairs of Invisible Shoes to try. I'm thinking, hell yeah! A free pair of huaraches? Sign. Me. Up!
|Invisible Shoes Huaraches|
Being a DIY girl myself, (and having weird foot anomalies like webbing and such) I opted for the kit to make them myself. I ordered both thicknesses, the 6mm and 4mm, with the intention to use the 6mm as my first trial so that I can make the mistakes on that pair rather than the thinner pair (which is what I can see myself preferring to run in). I was so excited to get my package in the mail! I have never received free stuff before.
When the kit arrived I was surprised to find the soles cut to the shape of my foot already, but after putting my foot on the cut-out I decided to trim them some more. I have to admit I was a little intimidated with cutting the edges and punching holes myself, but my concerns were quickly abated once I got online to view the instructions on their website. The instructions were super easy to follow, and being a visual person, the video instructions were the easiest to follow.
I used a red sharpie to mark along the edges of the 6mm and then used a pair of my sewing scissors to trim it out. I left just about half an inch above my toes. Then I marked the place where I was going to drill the hole between my toes (the side holes were already punched for me which was nice). I placed the rubber soles on a 2x4 and used a dremmel tool with a 1/8 inch bit to drill the toe holes in each. I didn't really "drill" the holes so much as "burn" them out. I pushed lightly through the rubber while it smoked a lot and finally broke through. It was fast work and not hard at all.
Then I threaded the nylon lace provided and used a Figure 8 knot on the bottom of the toe hole to secure the lace to the bottom. The website has some great videos for lacing options which I followed and then kind of did my own thing. I don't think it really matters that you tie them exactly like the video. At this point you can get creative as long as it works for you.
In the end, I opted for a double heel tying method which worked great on the trails. My right foot was perfect, but just like everything else on my left side, my left lace wasn't cooperating so much. One of the heel straps fell a couple times but I soon discovered it was just a matter of tightening the laces in order to make it work for me.
The thing that I love most about the huaraches style of shoes is that my toes are completely free to stretch and land as if they were completely barefoot. That being said, I'm not sure that the thicker (6mm) sole material is the best option for me. I still felt like I was making a heavier impact with the ground because I had less contact and feeling. Consequently, my knee was feeling it.
This may sound funny, but I also liked the fact that my feet still felt the dirt of the trail in the huaraches. I like that. On the downside, I still got a few stickers wearing them. Nothing too bad, though, and considerably better than if I were running through the sticker and goathead patches completely barefoot.
I can't wait to try my 4mm Invisible Shoes. I think I'll put a few more miles on these so that I have more experience with them and can make any tweaks to my next pair.
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