We are on the road to Georgia! Pray for safe travels and a happy baby 😉 I am SO excited for today’s guest post! Maria and I have been friends for many years now and I am so thankful she was willing to write a guest post for me while I am on the move to Savannah 🙂 Not only is she completely bad ***, but she’s also an awesome cook, hot mom, and a truly great friend. Enjoy!
Maddy and I have been good friends for almost 5 years now and experienced some of life’s biggest moments together; we were proposed to around the same time, planned our weddings together, and surprisingly got pregnant around the same time as well. So when she asked me to guest post for her while she was doing the Army thing of picking up life and moving it across country, my first thought to myself was “FINALLY!”.
My next thought was “oh crap, what should I write about for her that I haven’t already talked about on my own blog?” Then when she commented on a picture of mine where my husband and I were both wearing minimalist running shoes,it came to me. She expressed interest in minimalist running so I figured I’d make my guest post for her about something that I’ve come to love and that I hope her readers (you guys – hi!) will as well.
Please note that I am not an expert, don’t claim to be one but I do like to think that I have a decent head on my shoulders since I’ve read a book or two before. This is simply based off my experience so far.
So what got me into minimalist running?
After a little birdie told me that about the benefits of minimalist running (read: Dr. Google) I hopped on the bandwagon to give it a try. I’m always looking to improve my fitness in any way possible and figured this would be an AWESOME way to start. One of the benefits that really had me convinced was how minimalist running helped develop a more natural gait. A proper gait can help strengthen those pesky muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your feet, which in turn can also improve your pace. I mean…who doesn’t want to be a faster runner?
Really, if there is someone out there who honestly has no desire to become a faster runner, I’d like to meet you and pick your brain as to why not.
But let’s move on.
Another big help to me was how minimalist running claimed to eliminate heel strike. Running “barefoot” forces a runner to land on their forefoot which is considered a more efficient way to run. You tire less easily by having a smoother stride which again, equates to a quicker pace. Um. SIGN ME UP BABY!
Minimalist Shoes for Strength Training
One of my biggest passions happens to be strength training. To me, there is nothing better than the satisfaction I get from being able to pick up a heavy hunk of steel alloy in front of a bunch of meatheads.
Actually, I can think of a few things better than deadlifting and squats but I digress 😉
Anyway. Since there is less heel support in minimalist shoes than say, regular crosstraining shoes, you’re able to feel if you’re lifting from your heels better than using the front of your foot to get a lift up. This is crucial to prevent injury, and to allow for proper glute activation for not-so-fun lifts like the squat.
Minimalist shoes for strength training can also improve posture while lifting. This helps with being able to lift heavier and most importantly, a lot more safely. Seriously guys, you don’t want to mess around when lifting something heavy above your head 😉
So how has wearing minimalist shoes helped me?
I started wearing minimalist shoes during my pregnancy and since then, I can definitely run faster than I did pre-pregnancy. I also don’t get nasty shin splints and sore feet anymore. I do a lot of intervals and hill sprints so for me to not get as sore as I used to is a huge deal to me.
As for lifting, it’s a sigh of relief for me to actually feel my heels while lifting. I can drive through my heels better and I’ve noticed that my toes don’t curl as much. I feel more stabilized and balanced during a powerlift which has helped me lift heavier. Lifting heavier = always a bonus in my book.
Wanna try Minimalist Training?
And if you’re looking for a specific type of minimalist shoe, I would recommend the New Balance Minimus Trails. Not because I wear themand because I’m awesome, but because they’re specifically made for various types of minimalist training. They’re light weight, versatile and priced affordably. They’re also the top rated barefoot training shoe but as always, find the right fit for your foot by visiting a running store.
And if I haven’t convinced you yet, how about this picture that has been plastered all over Pinterest?
You might actually look like that hot chick running some day ;P
All kidding aside, if you do decide to transition to barefoot training, make sure you transition slowly. Take your sweet, precious time getting your body accustomed to the new type of training by starting out with walks, wearing them around the house and then move onto short distances, etc. I can guarantee that you’ll work and feel all of the little muscles in your foot that you haven’t felt before and it will be uncomfortable.
But never give up, if we all gave up when something was uncomfortable, we would never get anywhere.
And with that, I’m off to lace up my pretty NB Minimus shoes, and get in a few sprints and kettlebell swings while my baby naps. Thanks forlistening reading!