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Calling all of the ladies, women, girls. Where are you? If I started this blog by calling you to a girls night out for a happy hour, a social group run or a coffee chat amongst friends…would you come? I bet so! So I beg the question now…where are you when we want to talk and try minimalist/barefoot running and working out? We all like to get our sweat on. So why not learn about a healthier way to move? If you are skeptical, that’s totally cool, but I challenge you (like any fun runner would) to read on.

Before I dive into the heart and soul of “us” and running, I thought these two quotes from “Born to Run” would inspire us to keep loving the run! (If you haven’t read this book, I challenge you, again, to read it. It will change your running life.)

"All she is doing is….running. Running and smiling. But the smile is strangely stirring. You can tell she’s having an absolute blast, as if there is nothing on earth she’d rather be doing and nowhere on earth she’d rather be doing it than here.

We are women, girls, ladies. We are RUNNERS. It is a common thread that connects many of us. We run alone to dream. We run alone to escape. We run alone just to run. We run together to chat. We run together to push each other. We run together to help each other meet goals.  We run to be healthy. 

So why are there so few women in the natural running movement? 

Sweat is beautiful and a sign of strength (I like to refer to sweat as my “liquid awesome”. Each drip a sign of strength, determination and fun.) We run to be strong, to feel healthy, so why hide our feet? Why place them in coffins that take away from any sensory feedback from the ground that makes them, and you stronger?

Strong feet equal a stronger runner. They provide us with balance, alignment and efficiency. Strong feet make the run fun.  They sense the grass, gravel and road.  In turn, these surfaces listen and feel your body as you run to meet your goals! 

Those few of us women who have made the transition to minimal and barefoot running, FEEL the benefit. We relish in the strength of our bodies AND our feet. We are just like any other fanatical or social runner out there, only we have less on our feet. We feel how our form has changed, and making running more efficient and enjoyable. 

So where are you girls? We want you to join our tribe or to at least be part of the conversation. What is holding you back from learning about better form and barefoot running? Is it the transition time? Is it fear of injury? It is just weird to you? 

Tune in on December 1st from 1-2 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. on our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/merrell for our first “Womenalism Chit Chat.” Skeptical, fanatical, curious? We want to hear it all! I’ll be live to comment on all of your questions (don’t be shy…I want to hear it all!)


12/01/11-1 to 2pm and 7 to 8pm-Emily Snayd


12/08/11-1 to 2pm-Iris Sutcliffe-http://www.stetthatrun.com/

12/15/11-1 to 2pm-Caity McCardell-http://runbarefootgirl.com/

01/05/12, 1 to 2pm; Katie Kift-http://barefootkatiek.blogspot.com/

01/12/12, 7-8pm EST; Krista Cavendar


01/19/12, 7-8pm EST; Shelley Robillard-http://shoelessshelbell.blogspot.com/





Posted by Queenie

I have made the jump and am excited to join the chats. :o)

11/23/2011 | 1:27 PM

Posted by Chelle

I just picked up my barefoot shoes on my lunch break today - am excited to get out and try them over the holiday weekend. Look forward to chatting about them!

12/30/2011 | 9:44 PM

Posted by BrisbaneBarefooter

I bought myself a pair of the Pace Gloves for Christmas and fell instantly in love! Comfy from the second I put them on, and great for running on trails, the beach, and even pavement. I can't wait for the Road Gloves to become available in Australia. Why though, do the women's version get a silly name like "Pace Glove" rather than "Trail Glove" indicating what they are designed for? What will the women's version of the Road Glove be called?? (How about "Road Glove"??) I know it's just a name, but if you're serious about treating female runners seriously, how about giving our shoes a serious name...

1/4/2012 | 4:08 AM

Posted by Chelle

Hello fellow lady barefooters, I have only been able to get out twice since my new purchase. My first outing was short and sweet, I hit the pavement and a short trail, I wasn't sore like I expected to be, it was a good run. My second adventure took me on a trail that was rocky, rooty and hilly, I definitley felt the terrain under my feet and felt the burn on the outside of my calves and in my thighs just above my knees - I expected to be sore today, but again, I'm surprised at not being sore at all. So far I'm enjoying my barefoot experience! I'll be hittin the trail tomorrow for a longer run...

1/6/2012 | 10:31 PM