November 2019 – Hip fully recovered after surgery. I’m back in the gym doing 30 min on the treadmill, mostly walking on an incline, but also some forefoot running. I also do 15 minutes on the Arc Trainer, and recently found the Zero Running machine.
June 2019 – Intense hip pain after working out on treadmill and elliptical. It hurts to walk all the time. I consulted an orthopedic surgeon recommended by my mother in early July. He immediately recommended hip replacement surgery and had an opening the following week. Surgery fixed the length difference, the hip dysplasia, and the arthritis.
March 2015 – I’ve switched back to outdoor running with my Merrell Pace Gloves. They still work as great as ever. I feel like I get a better workout on pavement.
January 2014 – I’ve switched to indoor treadmill running & a lateral elliptical but still use my Merrell Pace Gloves.
History: I saw an episode of Real Sports w/Bryant Gumbel (HBO) May 18, 2010, and they had a segment on barefoot running. A Twitter friend recommended the Vibram Bikila model ($99) for street running, and they’re great. I still prefer the Bikila to the Bikila LS; they just fit me better. I purchased them through City Sports online (they are a major distributor). You have to be careful of fakes and only buy from an authorized retailer. I had to slowly integrate these into my run because it kills your calves when you change your running style to strike on your forefoot/ball of foot. The Vibram Sprint model is good for when I use the elliptical or beach running in the summer. In December 2011, I switched to the Merrell Pace Gloves, and they alleviated the toe pain I was having. The Pace Gloves still have the Vibram sole but don’t have the individual toe slots. My Twitter friend also recommended the book Born to Run, and it is an excellent read.
Below are some links that helped me learn and make some of these decisions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jrnj-7YKZE The Professor http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/how-find-best-shoe-you Dr. Oz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7mELaYQ-uI&feature=related on Vibram.