Holy Vibram FiveFingers: True Test of Grit
My training for the upcoming Angeles Crest 100 Mile race continued this past weekend. I really need to make sure my FiveFingers are going to be able to handle 100 miles, so I put my newest holy FFs to the ultimate test.
On Saturday, I ran over 25 hard mountain miles in the middle of the day. With temperatures over 100 degrees, I ran for 8 hours at a little over 3 mph, the pace required to meet the 33 hour deadline for the AC 100.
Running on tough mountain trails in heat, in direct sunlight is hard to do. Through my training, I have found that it is essential to keep very well hydrated and to replace electrolytes. I took one Succeed! Cap every 15 minutes during the entire training run and drank continuously. I had no cramps.
On Monday, I was out again. This time I covered 22 miles on equally difficult trails; however, this time I ran half in the earlier morning and half after 4 pm.
Results: The holy FFs are fantastic. The holes allow them to breath which is essential in high temperatures. By wearing Injinji socks, I was able to prevent debris from entering the holes.
Injinjis and FiveFingers are a great combination.