It is Monday morning and I decide that I will run to work rather than take the motorbike. I get changed into my running gear, have a quick bite to eat and I am out the door by 6:00am. I begin my downhill run from my house into a slight down hill before heading down the massive gorge that will take me down to sea level and a flat run all the way to work. It is a cold morning so I am wearing my long skins, Nike running gloves and of course my Vibram's. I am feeling really good despite the cold and looking forward to the run.
I am now running down the gorge and see a flashing light coming from behind me. I know it is a cyclist wanting to go past me on the narrow footpath. I pull over to the left hand side whilst the cyclist passes me and notice that it is a mountain biker that I see regularly riding home very late at night. I know it is her because of a orange waterproof jacket she wears. I usually pass her near my house whilst I am heading home reasonably late on the motorbike and I am impressed that she is riding home so late and have often said to myself "Yeah but I bet she was not up at 6am this morning". Well, this morning she has proved my wrong. She goes past me and I make my way back onto the footpath as I step through some loose stones and before I know it I am airborne. As I head back to ground I put out my hands to reduce the impact and the slide down the steep footpath for another metre or so before coming to a stop. Owwww I say to myself as I roll over onto my back. I pull myself up and just stand there for a little while trying to work out what the hell has just happened. I walk back up to the loose stones only to realise that they are not loose stones, they are stones that for some reason are concreted onto the footpath and I just tripped over them. My hand starts to sting and I look to see a massive hole in my running gloves, however my hand is only slightly grazed. I am pissed off though that I have ruined my gloves. My knee starts to sting. I look down to see a hole in the right knee of my skins and a badly cut up knee. I am really pissed off now. My left hand toe starts to sting and I look down to see a hole in my VIBRAM's!!! I am super pissed now!!! The worse thing is that I am 5 minutes from home and still have 40 minutes to run into town. Now I have to do it with a cut up knee, hand, toe and the feeling that I have just ruined all the equipment I run in.
The run in is a sombre one but I make it in feeling pretty good. My right foot is hurting a little and I put it down to my knee obviously causing some pain on that side. It feels more than that though and as I take of my Vibram's I see the reason why. I have a huge blister on the bottom of my right foot. I look in the shoe and see that there is a bump under the fabric of the shoe which I have noticed in the past but it has never been an issue. Today it is bigger and it has given me a huge blister. I am now even more pissed off. I can't do much about the rips in anything especially the Vibram's but decide that the bump in the shoe is something that is now an issue. After having a shower, patching up my knee I decide to call the shop from where I bought the shoes and see what my option are. They ask my how long ago I bought them and that Vibram have a 90 day return policy for any warranty issues. I tell them I will go home, get the receipt and bring the shoes in for them to check as I am pretty sure they are past 90 days old. I get home and sure enough I am 20 days over the 90 day mark. I decide to take them in anyway and see what they can do about the rip.
The next day at the shop I drop off the shoes and explain the rip as well as the bump in the middle of the right hand shoe that is causing me to blister. I have noticed it for a while but it has never caused an issue until today. They tell me they will send off to Vibram and they will let me know the outcome...