A short time ago I bit the bullet and bought me some sweet looking Merrell Trail Gloves.
Take a look at this hawtness:
I was dying to ditch the shoes completely and run barefoot, but the scorching pavement around here makes that impossible. Plus, I really dig running trails and gravel roads. So I got these shoes. At $110, they are on par with the cost of other good running shoes.
So far, I’ve done three runs in them, and I’ve worn them out and about several times. I will do a longer review after I’ve put some serious miles in them, but the first impression is that they are great.
The transition itself is going okay. I think I did some good prep work – I was running in a pseudo “reduced” cheapo shoe before, and I was working on a midfoot strike in those shoes. I had already increased my cadence and shortened my stride. I also shed the shoes and have been doing some of the exercises in “The Barefoot Running Book – Second Edition“.
My first and third runs were good. One mile each, both at easy paces. The second run left me with cramping, sore calves, and I couldn’t even finish it. I believe I was so focused on the midfoot strike that I wasn’t letting my heel touch the ground. Running on your toes is not a good idea, for the record.
For all of my breathless fans, I will keep you posted on the progress.