Tennis in KomodoSport Barefoot Shoes – Customized to Fit GladSoles Style

KomodoSport LS with the GladSoles Modification
KomodoSport LS with the GladSoles Modification

Last month I complained about being a little too busy to workout. Not so this month, as I’m happy to report that I only took 4 rest days the entire month of May! That means, more running, more yoga and my first tennis match of the season. Unfortunately, my lack of court time showed, and I was handily beaten by my friend Alex. On the positive side, I finally got to wear my new Vibram KomodoSport LS shoes out on the tennis court for some real match play.

Overall, I was happy with the performance of the newer KomodoSport LS model. Good traction, very lightweight, and no blistering. I did wear Injinji Performance Series Lightweight toesocks just in case, but I could probably get away going completely barefoot, as the interior of the KomodoSports is very smooth and comfortable.

My feet are pretty wide, and I found it much easier to get into the LS model because the lacing system allows for a larger opening on the top of the shoe. However, I wasn’t too impressed with the actual lacing and locking system that Vibram chose for this shoe. The locks didn’t work very well, and the laces had a little too much give to them. So, being the tinkerer that I am, I simply replaced Vibram’s system with the GladSoles laces and locks. I chose our neon yellow laces and pastel purple locks to match my sunny personality. The shoes felt much more stable with the new laces and locks installed, and it is now much easier to customize the fit. Plus, once the desired snugness is set, the new laces and locks actually stay put, even after a couple of hours on the tennis court.

With the weather getting warmer here in the Northeast, things are starting to get pretty busy in the sandal business. As long as I keep my fitness a top priority, get my workouts in, as well as  a few more meditations, hopefully I’ll be able to win some tennis matches in June. And, I’ll look good doing it in my custom-made Vibram KomodoSport LS / GladSoles combination tennis shoes!

Here are my exercise stats for May: (April stats here)

Running (in my GladSoles, Ultra-Minimal Tying Method): 19 times for a total of 148.29 km
Yoga:  7 sessions
Tennis:  1 match – not my best effort, but it’s good to be back on the court
Rest Days:  4


Running, Yoga & Tennis

Last year I ran 2,031.6 miles. It took up a lot of my time. I’m not complaining, but in terms of exercising, it was kind of tough finding the energy to do anything else.  I had a goal to reach (2,000 miles), and that was my primary focus.

This year I would like to diversify a little more. I still want to run many miles, but I also want to allow myself a little more leeway to do a couple of other things that make me happy – namely yoga and tennis.

I am kind of new to yoga, although I have done a little bit here and there over the years. Last month I started practicing with the excellent Jivamukti Yoga DVD – Beginner Vinyasa: Volume 2. It is very easy to follow and the detailed vocal instructions throughout the video make it a most enjoyable experience.  Yoga seems to complement my running, by allowing me to stretch my leg muscles and gain flexibility. It also makes me feel really good – it’s that simple.

As for tennis, I would like to play a few more matches this season. It’s still too cold to play here in South Orange, but if this mild winter weather continues, I might get some matches in real soon. I’ve got my arch nemesis Len to look forward to. I’m sure that he has something up his sleeve as he always seems to add a new trick or two to his game each year. I would also like to be a little more competitive this summer against my good friend Andrew, a former state doubles champion.

Finally, as far as my running goes, this year I have decided to switch over from miles to kilometers. First of all, I think it’s about time that everyone gets on board with the metric system. I remember my elementary school teachers telling me that by the time I was an adult, everything would be in kilometers instead of miles, liters instead of quarts, kilograms instead of pounds, etc. Well, I’m still waiting for that to happen… Anyway, I do not have a set goal this year in terms of distance. Instead, I want to run for fun. I’ll probably still log quite a few kilometers, but without the added pressure of a specific goal.

So, I guess that I’m not really making any New Year’s resolutions per se, but I should have enough exercise options to keep me motivated and in shape for 2012. I’ll update my progress periodically throughout the year – here are January’s totals:

Running (in my GladSoles of course): 20 times for a total of 180.0 km
Yoga: 9 sessions
Tennis: 0 matches – still too cold outside :(
Rest Days: 2