Well, the warning was not a joke.
According to Vibram, I should “[r]un no more than 10% of your typical running distance for the first 2–3 weeks.” But in keeping with my brilliant plan to somehow merge Vacation Itinerary with DIY Half Marathon Training, I went for a 4-mile walk-run in my new Vibram 5 Fingers. I figure that since I’m supposed to be running 6 miles on weekdays, and since, given that it takes me a half-day to get those 6 miles done, there was simply no room for it in the Vacation Itinerary, a shorter 5 Finger work out would be just the ticket.
And a walk no less. A walk, not even a run. Well, full disclosure here, I was forced to run about 1/2 mile going out and 1/2 mile coming back due to a collapsing window of time caused by excess photography and hastening sunset happy hour. But still, 3 miles walked and 1 mile (max!) ran. I never thought it would come to this – FIVE BLISTERS: the entire bottom surface of each big toe, inside both arches, and the back of the right heel. At least I didn’t experience any of the calf or foot pain Vibram also mentioned.
And at least there was the view.