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How To Transition To Lightweight Trail Running Shoes While Reducing Risk

footThe minimalist running shoe approach is sprinting forward with a full head of stream.

If you wish to go down that path, Travis at Run the Ultras put together a very cool video podcast that explains his progressive transition from the supportive, cushy shoes to more lightweight, minimalistic trail running shoes.

Most importantly, it’s working, at least for him, with no show-stopping injuries but the transition has not happened overnight and it is still occurring many months after initially beginning the journey.

I like Travis’s approach as pain-in-the-ass it seems.

The basic approach :

  1. Integrate new gradually lighter, more minimalistic shoe during a weekly shorter run.
  2. Allow for a period of adaptation.
  3. If adaptation seems successful, integrate the lighter shoe into longer runs.
  4. Allow for a period of adaptation.
  5. If desired, repeat step 1 with a more minimalistic shoe.

You can see the progressive loop created here until you reach your desired shoe. This all assumes your body is able to go where your mind desires.

Some will succeed transitioning to more lightweight/minimalistic trail running shoes. There will also be casualties.

Either way, there will probably be many new shoes hitting the market which may spur some innovation from the trail running shoes companies.

Do you have an interest in going more primal? If so, why?

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David – EnduranceBuzz.com

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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