A Jamaican Honeymoon – Prologue

As many may know, Heather and I recently went on a delayed honeymoon to Jamaica.  Originally, I intended to do something like this at the end of each day to give a quick update of what we did and how much fun we were having.  Unfortunately, internet at the hotel was like $15/day and not worth it.

So, to recapture the moment I’ll be posting a recap of the trip with Heather’s help.  It was a blast and we want to share with you all the fun we had on vacation.  So watch here for upcoming posts to see what we did on our honeymoon.

Walk a mile in my shoes…

Well….

It has been a while.

But I’m back, of course I say that everytime, it’s the best I can do all you’re going to get out of me regardless.

Recently, I bought a pair of Vibram FiveFinger shoes before Christmas. For those that don’t know what they are, they are shoes designed to mimic walking barefoot while still offering some protection against hard or sharp objects. Having done martial arts for so long, and even before that, I’ve always been a “barefoot” guy. I’ve been eyeing these for a while and finally decided to pick up a pair.

First things first, they are a bitch to get on when you start out. I felt like a moron trying them on in the store and almost gave up at that point. But I powered through, and finally squeezed my fat toes into the right spots. They are very comfortable to wear, and I started by trying to wear them around the house to break them in a bit.

A word to the wise, if you don’t do anything barefoot, it’s highly recommended you go very slow when first wearing them. You’re body is very much a use it or lose it machine and wearing shoes with all their padding and support and stabilization takes away some of the work your feet, ankles, and legs etc were designed to do. If you jump right in you could possibly get an injury as a result. Being pretty confident in ruggedness and durability, as a first serious try out I went to the fitness center at Heather’s office and and did a 5K plus cool down on the treadmill. I ran about 2 miles and walked about 1, alternating to get a feel for how they worked.

I had a little bit of rubbing on my left foot from not quite being tightened up all the way, but other than that it went really well. I’ve also tried using them in Tae Kwon Do when I teach. The soles actually have a bit of grip and stick to them so it’s harder to do all the rotational movements you’d normally do as part of kicking what not, but for normal teaching activities they worked pretty well.

They are definitely not cold weather gear so a lot of other testing and playing will have to wait until things warm up a bit. But supposedly, you can go through airport security without taking them off. So I may try that out of convenience on the trip to Jamaica this weekend.