barefoot running! It's incredibly freeing. I prefer to go barefoot whenever I can, though for social reasons and also due to not trusting city streets I've compromised with Vibram 5-Fingers - and am generally quite happy with it.
I have a question, though. I managed to mess up my ankles a little under a year ago doing barefoot running and I haven't fully recovered yet. I was following the FBI's suggested training regimen
, figuring that was a good baseline for health and ability. I was even trying to be careful about getting into running slowly, going just 4mph on a treadmill for about two minutes at a time and switching to a walking pace for another two minutes and then week by week slowly increasing the time I spent running between each resting period. That was working really well, so much so that I was running for 15 minutes straight and decided to start upping the speed a bit. I upped it by a tenth of a mile per hour about every three to seven days, based on what I seemed to be able to conservatively handle. That continued until I was going at 6mph for the duration. But the moment I went up to 6.1mph, my ankles startes screaming blood murder at me.
I've been to a number of therapists, although for ridiculous reasons related to insurance I haven't been to a physical therapist more than once. The short version is that it seems that either my flexor digitorum longus or my flexor hallucis longus
has been damaged in some fashion.
Now, I know it has gotten a lot better. I had to spend about two weeks walking on the blades of my feet to keep from being in limping agony, and now I can walk pretty much normally. However, if I spend too much time practicing with a sword for martial arts (which apparently involves some arch-collapsing bad habits on my part), my ankles start hurting again. And if I sprint for more than about five seconds, my ankles hurt again.
I learned how to change where my weight lands so that my ankles support my weight better and don't collapse my arches so much. That has been a grand boon of wearing the Vibrams. (Wearing insoles in proper shoes didn't help at all. Hormetism in action once again!) But I really want to get back into running and sprinting, and at the rate at which I seem to be recovering I'll be able to start doing that maybe
in a year. That seems absurdly long to recover from a single injury.
Does anyone here have some suggestion for me?