Minimalist / Barefoot Running Shoes

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    I’m working on transitioning into minimalist (Xero HFS) running shoes. Mechanically, things are going well. Form is good. Feet, ankles, and calves are getting stronger and it’s getting easier to run farther with no issues. But man. this is completely throwing things off in terms of measuring intensity. It could be that my form is different (more of a forefoot strike, shorter and faster strides) and I’m having to physically engage in ways that I’m not as used to. But for any given pace or power target, my heart rate is noticeably higher. Yet, I can run shorter distances in these faster than I can in my regular shoes.

    Any suggestions here? Should I consider doing a separate LT/CP (Stryd) test in these shoes? I’m wanting to maintain the basic 80/20 balance, but I’m feeling a bit disoriented right now. Thanks in advance. 🙂

    Matt Fitzgerald

    Hi Alan,

    Yes, I do recommend that you perform a separate test that’s specific to the zero-drop shoes. He pace and HR discrepancies should disappear eventually, but the power one probably will not.

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