It's also worth noting that with both cameras, I also do a lot of photo editing with Picasa, which is a tremendous help in making my mediocre picture-taking skills look somewhat competent.
3. What shoes do you wear for track workouts?
First, in the interest of full disclosure, I don’t do track workouts extremely often – and as my mileage on the trails increases this spring, my days at the track will be few and far between. Nevertheless, I do like to head out and test my speed every now and then with some quarter-mile or 1600m repeats – and when I do, I’m almost always wearing my Vibram FiveFingers Bikilas .
Of all the minimalist footwear I’ve tested, none offer the same combination of comfort, secure fit, and true barefoot feel that the Bikilas do. They were made for one specific purpose - fast running – and everything about the shoe fills the bill almost perfectly. In fact, part of the reason I’m so interested to test the upcoming Bikila LS is that I’m curious as to how Vibram could improve upon this model.
They're also great for playing in lettuce fields
Sometimes I’m asked if I wear track spikes for these workouts, and while there’s a lot of benefit to doing so from a minimalist standpoint, I don’t have any experience with particular models of track shoes to make any sort of recommendation.
4. Why does my toe poke into the top of my RunAmocs?
I’m realizing that I’ve become something of a Pied Piper for the Soft Star RunAmoc over the past year, and consequently, I seem to get a lot of questions about the fit, performance, or durability of them from customers who have bought a pair. Of all the questions I receive, this one is probably the most common.
Look closely (and click to enlarge) - you'll notice my big toes pushing against top of toe box
Even when the RunAmocs are fit properly – and for most people, that means sizing down one size – first-time wearers note that their big toe presses against the top of the toe box. It looks a bit strange, and people sometimes worry if this will be a source of pressure and/or blisters.
The good news is that this situation is perfectly normal, and the solution isn’t to get a bigger size – it’s simply to get running. The leather of the toe box will stretch a bit as you run in the mocs, and I haven’t heard anybody report any discomfort beyond the first run or two. If you think your toes will be sensitive, a good pair of socks is probably all it takes to make the first few runs go smoothly.
I’m perfectly happy to answer further questions about the RunAmoc, or any other gear that I’ve reviewed, or anything else related to this website that you’re curious about. Feel free to drop me an e-mail anytime – but please be patient in waiting for a reply, as it sometimes takes me a few days to get around to returning correspondence. If I spot a trend in fielding a lot of similar questions, maybe I’ll throw together another mailbag post sometime.
However, since I’ve left the snow behind and I’m looking to jump back into training soon, I’m hopeful that there won’t be any more shortages of things to write about this spring.
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