Seven Race-Day Gear Blunders To Avoid
If you’ve ever experimented with minimalist shoes, you know the toll they take on calf muscles. Even a short workout in a pair of Vibrams can thrash your legs. The biggest reason these shoes are so much harder on the calf muscles than typical trainers is the drop from the heel to the toe. Typical cushioned training shoes have a fairly substantial ramp that lets the forefoot sit lower than the heel, taking strain off the calf muscles and Achilles tendon. Minimalist shoes have a tiny (or zero) drop from the heel to the toe and leveling the shoe lifts your forefoot, putting tension back on the calf muscles.