Today the GladSoles racing team showed up and and took part in the 11th annual Maplewood in Motion 5K Run. It was a little bit chilly at around 50 degrees when we arrived, but we warmed up quickly and posted some solid results today. Sam had a personal best time of 27:08, putting him in 4th place among the 10 and under age group. Mia’s time was 27:19, another strong performance for her, finishing 4th in the 14 and under category. My time was 19:17, just 3 seconds off of my personal best, putting me at 5th place overall, 2nd in my age group.
Usually there are a couple of people in Vibram Fivefingers or Vivobarefoot shoes at these events, but this time I didn’t see anyone else running in minimal footwear. A lot of people wanted to know more about our GladSoles sandals and how it feels running in them. It’s very simple, they are the most comfortable “shoes” that I’ve ever worn. That is why I run in them and why I enjoy making them for others to wear. The only thing more comfortable for me is being barefoot, but it is nice to have a little protection on the rough streets of Maplewood.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to getting into some Injinji Yoga Toesocks for when it really gets cold. I’ve been testing various flip-flop socks, and I think that the Injinji Yoga Series might be the best for running with our sandals. I’ll post more about winter options as the weather gets colder and I get more miles in them. That’s all for now – enjoy some pix below from the race courtesy of Jennie, our fine photographer!