The book Born to Run really motived me to give "barefoot" running a try. You know, the way humans have run for millions of years, virtually no chance of injury, yada yada. Read the book. I use quotes around "barefoot" because I'm not quite ready to ditch shoes all together; there's a lot of poop out there! ;)
The Vibrum FiveFingers have always given me the hee-bee-gee-bees just looking at them [I hate things between my toes and cannot even wear flip-flops] so I knew I wanted something different. I didn't want to pay a lot of money for something that I wasn't sure if I would like.
Enter Nick. He's been running in the Vibrums for years; but he doesn't really run all that much. He had a store / online credit and purchased these without me even knowing:
They are Merrell Barefoot shoes. That I didn't even know existed. So I stole them from him. [Oh yeah, should add my husband WEARS THE EXACT SAME SIZE SHOE AS ME. I cannot even begin to tell you how convenient that has made life over the years!]
So far it has definitely been an adjustment. You have to change your running form to land on the middle or forefront of the foot instead of the heel so there are muscles / tendons yelling at you that you haven't used in years. I did a lot of reading and youtube watching to get my form to where I felt it was right. I've been taking it show and have worked up my mileage over the past month. I'll be honest though, I have a race coming up and I thought I'd just wear my regular shoes, but I had them on to jog out to the garden today and it was TOO WEIRD! I think I'm officially used to the barefoot shoes!