As I eagerly await the arrival of my new Merrell Barefoot Shoes…. I am SO excited to spread the news on their new “Pretty Strong” Barefoot-Women site. 

I’ve told you before I was always afraid to make the switch to true minimalist – mainly because I didn’t really know how and I was SO afraid of injuring myself.  I’ve been doing a lot of ‘googling’ lately preparing for my switch.  I’m trying to learn how to introduce it slowly, learn how to strengthen my legs, and figure out how to be prepared for the switch.

When I saw the new Merrell barefoot site I was ECSTATIC about their “Barefoot Training Program”.  It’s a 40 day training to build your foot strength, help you work on form and help you properly ease into barefoot running.

EXACTLY what I needed!!!!  Everything I’ve seen on the web so far just says to be prepared for calf pain, start slowly with low mileage….. and that’s about it – very vague.  Actually having a plan with a list of exercises to check off… PERFECT!!

Other features on the new site:

  • Running Playlist which has songs specifically picked with 180 beats per minute selected by Merrell women to help you with keeping turnover consistent!!  They offer the full playlist for download – or you can pick through and select individual songs.  
  • Reference Guide to help compare and guide you to the perfect shoes for your need
  • Womanalist Chats: they invite experts on minimalist running to come answer questions on their facebook page.  My pal Iris (whom I have dubbed the ‘minimalist goddess’) was on there a few months back and it was SO cool to see all the questions and hear her responses.  It’s what initially sparked the interest in really making the switch.

So this is how I will start… and whether you are going barefoot/minimalist or not I’d LOVE for you to do some of these exercises with me!!!  It will help you with your running in general and you may find yourself eager to make the switch eventually ;)


Just a tip. When doing the barefoot walks as part of the training – feel free to go outside, but if you are afraid of debris (like me), check with local churches and other recreational areas.  I have found a few places in my area that offer a carpeted indoor track that’s FREE to use!!  Some churches have upstairs balconies above their gymnasium that doubles as a track and would be perfect for this.

We are SO excited about the new barefoot site, and about my personal movement towards minimalist …. the super awesome people at Merrell were totally on board and offered a FREE PAIR OF SHOES as a giveaway. 

We are offering a TON of ways to enter – and the more you do the better chance you have!!! You can do all of the following but leave a SEPARATE comment for each you do.  If you combine them into one comment it will only be counted once…

  1. Visit the all new Merrell “Pretty Strong” Women’s Barefoot site and watch the video (barefoot fitness).  Come back here and tell us one benefit you can get from running in barefoot shoes.
  2. Check out their barefoot training plan and do Day 1 of the exercises.  Come back here and tell us you did.  If you continue with the training plan you can return each day and tell us what day you did – but you MUST only do one per day.  Comments are time stamped so we can tell ;)  No cheating!  
  3. Check out their facebook page and “like” them: https://www.facebook.com/merrell  and come tell us you did.
  4. Visit the Merrell website and check out all the Merrell Barefoot Running Shoes they have to offer.  Pin your favorite pair on pinterest.  Come back here and tell us which pair you pinned and what board you pinned it under (ex: running gear, fitness, running, or whatever name you have chosen for your board). 
  5. Tweet your excitement about the giveaway saying “I want to be #prettystrong with @merrelloutside and @momsrunthistown. #momsrunthis”
  6. “Like” Moms RUN This Town on facebook (or tell us you already do) 
  7. Share this giveaway on facebook and/or twitter using the share button below the post.  Come back and leave a comment for each one you do. 

Yup – there are a LOT of ways to enter so get busy!!!  I don’t know about you – but today I’m feeling “pretty strong” ;)

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219 Responses to Merrell’s “Pretty Strong” Barefoot Site and GIVEAWAY!

  1. Meagan says:

    I love my merrells…just ran the Disney Princess Half in them. :) I just shared this blog link on fb.

  2. Meagan says:

    I just liked merrells page on fb.

  3. Meagan says:

    I already like mrtt on fb. Can you tell I want some merrells?? :)

  4. Meagan says:

    I'm not sure how to pin something to your board but I just started following mrtt on pinterest and I pinned the merrells I run in to my board.

  5. Meagan says:

    Watched the merrell video…a benefit of running in merrells is it encourages the strengthen if feet and leg muscled. I can vouche for that…when I first started running in merrells my calfs were feeling it. Now it doesn't bother me at all.

  6. lilrunner says:

    Already 'Like' MRTT on FB :)

  7. lilrunner says:

    Re-pinned Bare Access Arc…seems most fitting with my style. It's under my "running" board!

  8. lilrunner says:

    Shared giveaway on FB

  9. lilrunner says:

    Already 'LIKE' Merrell on FB but I still shared that MRTT is to thank for the share

  10. tnkandrews says:

    I watched the video and these shoe help you be more aware of your feet which is important…

  11. Heather says:

    I "like" Merrell on FB

  12. Heather says:

    From the video: Wearing Merrell barefoot shoes you stengthen your feet as well as your legs. You feel more connected to your whole body.

  13. Heather says:

    I like you on FB!

  14. Heather says:

    I pinned the Bare Access Arc shoe to my Get Fit board on Pinterest.

  15. lilrunner says:

    Barefoot Fitness: I love being a Minimalist already…Lauren H – she says it perfectly!

  16. Chloe says:

    I benefited from the merrell video by realizing the difference between running barefoot and with running shoes. I never realized you step flat and not with your heel naturally!

  17. Chloe says:

    I completed day 1 of the merrell training guide!

  18. Chloe says:

    I 'like' the merrell facebook page!

  19. Chloe says:

    I repinned the pace glove onto my board Get Fit or Die Trying!

  20. Chloe says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway (@lcchrt)

  21. Chloe says:

    I like moms run this town on facebook!

  22. Jessica T says:

    Barefoot running allows you to gain better running form by helping you land on your forefoot.

  23. Jessica T says:

    Already like MRTT on Facebook!

  24. Jessica T says:

    Liked the Merrell Facebook page

  25. Jessica T says:

    Repined Pace Gloves in Running on Pinterest

  26. Jessica T says:

    Share the Giveaway on Facebook!

  27. lilrunner says:

    Does it count that my sharing the giveaway was 're-shared'??!!

  28. Colleen says:

    I watched the Merrell video – it said that wearing Merrell barefoot shoes will help you stengthen your feet as well as your legs. You feel more connected to your whole body.

  29. Colleen says:

    Liked the Merrell facebook page :)

  30. Colleen says:

    Re-pinned the Bare Access Arc (Road/Trail Running)shoes to my pinterest (under everything to do with walking) as well as Merrell's new website's link!!

  31. Colleen says:

    Already like MRTT, as well as the Glencoe, Ontario Chapter of MRTT (nothing like giving our group a little shoutout!!)

  32. Colleen says:

    I am not on twitter, but I did share your Merrell Blog Contest on the Glencoe MRTT page!!

  33. jjames says:

    I liked the Facebook page!

  34. jjames says:

    And I repinned the Dash glove on "My Style" board. Because seriously, I'd wear those all the time.

  35. Courtney says:

    I like MRTT on FB :)

  36. Courtney says:

    I shared the info my facebook page, so many miles, so little time

  37. Courtney says:

    I repinned 0mm drop Merrell Pace Glove IN MOMS RUN THIS TOWN COLORs, of course, on my board named RUNNNNNN

  38. Courtney says:

    I liked Merrell on FB too!

  39. Meagan says:

    I repinned Merrell Pace Glove on my board names workin on my fitness.

  40. Meagan says:

    I just finished day 1's exercises from Merrell…posture resets, toe crunches and 30 minutes walking barefoot.

  41. Tammy says:

    I "liked" Merrells page and told them you sent me!! YEAH!! Mama needs a new pair of shoes to run the Thelma and Louise Half in Moab Utah!!

  42. Colleen says:

    I have now done the Day 01 exercises from Merrell…5 posture resets, 10 toe crunches and 30 minutes walking barefoot (in the house because it is too cold outside). I am going to try the 40 Day program – maybe that will help get rid of the blisters I always get (on the balls of my feet and inside heel, despite wearing double layer socks)

  43. Jada says:

    I "liked" the Lithe Glove on to my board "things I like."

  44. Jada says:

    watched the video. one benefit is that you can get stronger leg & feet.

  45. tweetyscute says:

    The shoes engage and strengthen foot and calf muscles. This would be awesome for me.

  46. tweetyscute says:

    I did Day 1 training. The 30 minute walk was a little painful since I got a sliver of glass in my foot from something my daughter broke.

  47. tweetyscute says:

    I already like Merrell on fb

  48. tweetyscute says:

    I pinned the Lithe Glove to my Fabulous Gear Board.

    http://pinterest.com/tweetyscute/fabulous-gear/

  49. tweetyscute says:

    I already like Moms Run this town on fb

  50. Snork Maiden says:

    I went to Merrell site and did Day1 of training!

  51. Snork Maiden says:

    Barefoot running strengthens your feet and leg muscles.
    It also improves your response time to potential injury. I have been running this way for the past year, and I happily report my legs have never felt better. Although the first few months my calves were TIGHT..

  52. Snork Maiden says:

    Wrapping up for tonight – but I also liked Merrell FB. I don't have their shoes yet, but my husband does, I'm going to get him to participate in the photo contest, how fun!

  53. lilrunner says:

    1 Day of (Merrell) training…check!

  54. lilrunner says:

    Shared on MRTT of Alachua, FL

  55. MO's Mamma says:

    I already like MRTT :)

  56. MO's Mamma says:

    You will have Better body alignment when running in barefoot shoes

  57. MO's Mamma says:

    I like merrell on facebook

  58. MO's Mamma says:

    Repinned the bare access arc on Pinterest.

  59. MO's Mamma says:

    Tweeted the message :) My 4th tweet ever :)

  60. MO's Mamma says:

    "Shared" the giveaway on facebook. Now I just need some place to do 30 minute barefoot walks :)

  61. LarlaB says:

    I already like MRTT on FB

  62. LarlaB says:

    I like MERRELL on FB as well :)

  63. LarlaB says:

    I shared this post…

  64. LarlaB says:

    Watched the video and a benefit of barefoot running (besides strengthening feet & lower legs in particular) is that it encourages more efficient running.

  65. Jerilee E. says:

    Like that it strengthens the feet and that they help improve body alignment.

  66. Jerilee E. says:

    Like Merrell on FB!

  67. Jerilee E. says:

    I pinned the Women's Pace Glove onto my Running Gear board on Pinterest.

  68. Jerilee E. says:

    Already like MRTT on FB :).

  69. cortneybn says:

    I LOVE MRTT on FB and would LOVE some Merrells:)

  70. The Russell Family says:

    I watched the video. My favorite benefit is strengthening the feet and legs. Chasing after a toddler all day, finding time to run is an obstacle. While I am running I need it to be as efficient as possible to maximize my time.

  71. The Russell Family says:

    Liked Merrell and told them you sent me!

  72. The Russell Family says:

    Pinned on my Running board!

  73. The Russell Family says:

    I tweeted!!

  74. The Russell Family says:

    I already like MRTT!

  75. Katie says:

    I already like moms run this town on facebook. :)

  76. The Russell Family says:

    I shared with all my peeps!

  77. Katie says:

    Ive got the merrell run pace glove on pinterest under "fitness finds"

  78. Katie says:

    Also, I shared this blog on fb!

  79. TfosRN says:

    I liked Merrell on FB!

  80. TfosRN says:

    I already like MRTT on FB too!

  81. tweetyscute says:

    Day 2 of training complete.

  82. Meagan says:

    Just finished my day 2 exercises.

  83. abbyrunsforherlife says:

    Just liked MRTT! Sharing the blog now!

  84. Katy says:

    I watched the video and love how much stronger your feet, ankles and legs can be.

  85. Katy says:

    I liked them on Facebook!

  86. Katy says:

    I pinned them on Pinterest!

  87. Katy says:

    I like you!

  88. Kristie says:

    One benefit from running in Merrells….it strengthens your leg muscles!

  89. Kristie says:

    I just "liked" Merrell's FB page!

  90. Kristie says:

    I just pinned under "Running Clothes" the Women's Barefoot Run Bare Access Arc. It's recommended for new to barefoot running.

  91. Kristie says:

    I "like" MRTT on FB!

  92. Jen says:

    I like them on fb

  93. Jen says:

    Barefoot running strengthens your feet.

  94. Jen says:

    I tweeted

  95. Jen says:

    I like Moms RUN this Town on fb

  96. Jen says:

    I shared on fb via Running With The GI tweeted

  97. Jen says:

    I like Moms RUN this Town on fb

  98. Jen says:

    I shared on fb via Running With The Girls

  99. Meredith says:

    Pinned the Baerfoot Life Wonder Glove on my board "You *will* be mine" and let me tell you, they will!!! Adore these shoes!!

  100. Meredith says:

    Already like MRTT on Facebook

  101. Meredith says:

    liked the merrell Facebook page (can't believe I didn't already!!!)

  102. Jill says:

    I like Moms RUN This Town on FB.

  103. Jill says:

    I like Merrell on FB too!

  104. Jill says:

    I posted on FB.

  105. Lu's Mom says:

    Just "liked" Merrell's page on Facebook. Ready to try these shoes!

  106. Meagan says:

    I just completed day 3…did a 30 minute run.

  107. Rusthawk says:

    One benefit is strengthening your feet and legs.

  108. Rusthawk says:

    I did the day one exercises.

  109. Rusthawk says:

    I am a current follower of Merrell's FB and left a comment https://www.facebook.com/merrell/posts/10150708270950673

  110. Rusthawk says:

    I like you on facebook (Rust Hawk).

  111. Laurel C says:

    I did the day one exercises! phew

  112. Laurel C says:

    barefoot running strengthens your feet and is more natural for the body

  113. Laurel C says:

    i like you on Facebook!

  114. Laurel C says:

    i like Merrell on Facebook!

  115. Laurel C says:

    i pinned the Women's Barefoot Run Pace Glove under "Running" :)

  116. tweetyscute says:

    I completed day 3 of training.

  117. Kimarie says:

    I liked on Facebook.

  118. Kimarie says:

    One benefit is awareness of feet.

  119. Kimarie says:

    I shared on facebook

  120. MRTT of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach says:

    This is Lei Dunn (the website won't let me [pick my personal profile for some reason; only our blog post one!). I shared this blog post on Facebook…three separate places:-)

  121. MRTT of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach says:

    Of course I "like" MRTT on Facebook! (Lei Dunn again).

  122. MRTT of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach says:

    I just "liked" the Merrell's Facebook page. (Lei Dunn).

  123. MRTT of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach says:

    One of the more awesome benefits of barefoot running (as detailed by the video on the Merrell website and research) is a faster and more reactive foot strike. You learn to tun over fast thus increasing efficiency…now on to try the sample workout! (Lei Dunn).

  124. MRTT of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach says:

    Just finished Day 1 of the Barefoot Training Program. Excited to see what they next several days unfold. (Lei Dunn)

  125. tweetyscute says:

    Day 4 done. :) This is fun

  126. Meagan says:

    i completed day 4 of the barefoot training…the stretches, the squats and the 30 minute walk.

  127. cortneybn says:

    Love MRTT on fb!

  128. tweetyscute says:

    Day 5 complete. Woo hoo

  129. LLLovemama says:

    Just shared this giveaway on Facebook!

  130. Tiffaney says:

    I like Merrell on FB!

  131. Tiffaney says:

    I already like MRTT on FB!!!

  132. Lisa says:

    "Like" MRTT on FaceBook!

  133. Lisa says:

    "Liked" Merrell on FaceBook!

  134. tweetyscute says:

    Day 6 complete easy peasy

  135. Rachel says:

    i like MRTT on fb

  136. Rachel says:

    watched the video on their site. one benefit of these is that it strentghens your calfs!

  137. Rachel says:

    like them on fb

  138. Rachel says:

    pinned my fav in my fitness bored

  139. Rachel says:

    put ur giveaway on fb and my blog

  140. Rachel says:

    day 1 of excersise complete! :)

  141. nicole says:

    Like you of course

  142. nicole says:

    like them

  143. nicole says:

    shared of my FB page

  144. nicole says:

    shared on my SCRRC FB page

  145. nicole says:

    I would defiantly benefit from the better body alignment and proper foot strike!

  146. nicole says:

    have to say if I had my pick id have to go with the Barefoot Run Pace Glove in lychee

  147. nicole says:

    day 1 done!

  148. tweetyscute says:

    Day 7 complete. I am really liking this plan so far

  149. Becca says:

    One benefit of barefoot running is a more natural mid foot strike while running!

    BeccaAlley at gmail.com

  150. Jessica T says:

    Completed Day 1 of the Barefoot training plan.

  151. Jessica T says:

    Did Day 2 of the training plan yesterday. Forgot to post it!

  152. Alisen says:

    Watched the video and maybe these shoes could correct my stride ;) forefoot strike is lacking on my department!

  153. Alisen says:

    I liked them on fb!

  154. Alisen says:

    I already like mrtt in fb! :)

  155. Alisen says:

    I pinned a pair of the men's shoes to me fitness board…I'm afraid the womens won't fit! Ahhhhh!

  156. Katie says:

    per the video "Im way more aware of my body, it's grace and its power"

  157. Katie says:

    liked on FB

  158. Katie says:

    pinned in athletics/bodies/gear i want

  159. Katie says:

    already like MRTT on FB

  160. Katie says:

    shred on my FB page

  161. Christy J says:

    Already like MRTT on FB!

  162. Just Jen says:

    I learned that more natural foot strikes

  163. Just Jen says:

    Liked them on FB and told them you sent me

  164. Just Jen says:

    I pinned the Carribean Sea ones on my pinterest under Running

  165. Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run says:

    I like Merrill on FB!

  166. Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run says:

    I like MRTT on FB!

  167. Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run says:

    I tweeted my excitement!

  168. Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run says:

    I shared using the FB button!

  169. Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run says:

    I shared using the Twitter button!

  170. ltlindian says:

    tweeted!

  171. ltlindian says:

    shared on fb!

  172. ltlindian says:

    barefoot running can strengthen your ankle and calf muscles

  173. Trinity says:

    What a fun giveaway! I watched the video, and I gleaned that barefoot running can make legs and feet stronger, even when not running. :)

  174. Trinity says:

    I like Merrell on FB. :)

  175. Trinity says:

    I pinned the Dash Gloves on Pinterest on my page "To Run" here: http://pinterest.com/pin/17240411043622820/

  176. Trinity says:

    I already like MRTT on fb. :)

  177. Trinity says:

    I also shared this on my fb page (Running Mother). Thanks!

  178. Ali Mc says:

    I watched the video and like how you can run properly on the forefoot, whole body is aware and efficient! YAY

  179. Ali Mc says:

    liked them on fb

  180. Ali Mc says:

    like you on fb

  181. Michele says:

    I watched the video and learned about how our natural step is "flat" vs. how traditional shoes make us have a heel to toe.

  182. Michele says:

    I liked you on facebook!

  183. Michele says:

    I liked them on facebook!

  184. MRTT of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach says:

    I completed day 2 of the Barefoot Training plan.

  185. Jennifer says:

    I like MRTT on facebook

  186. Jessica T says:

    Completed day 3 of the training plan

  187. MRTT of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach says:

    Barefoot Run training day 3 complete! Not as difficult as a I thought it would be.

  188. ashley says:

    I pinned the the orange Pace Gloves to my 'Run like a {MOTHER}' board http://pinterest.com/acpaisleypark/run-like-mother/

  189. mcraig99 says:

    i like MRTT on FB!!!

  190. Melissa says:

    I like mrtt on fb

  191. mcraig99 says:

    I LOVE Merrell !! also like them too!

  192. mcraig99 says:

    I pinned the barefoot runners ….

  193. Marie says:

    I liked Merrell on FB.

  194. Marie says:

    I already liked MRTT on FB

  195. Marie says:

    I tweeted about my excitement about this giveaway

  196. Marie says:

    I shared this giveaway on twitter via share button

  197. Karly @ Running Trek says:

    a benefit of barefoot running is proper alignment throughout your body

  198. Karly @ Running Trek says:

    I like them on facebook

  199. Karly @ Running Trek says:

    i like you on facebook

  200. LLLovemama says:

    I shared this giveaway on Facebook… Please pick me! I want these shoes SO badly!

  201. LLLovemama says:

    Shared this on Facebook… PLEASE pick me to win these awesome shoes!

  202. Corrina says:

    Watched the video and running minimalist would help my leg muscles

  203. Corrina says:

    I did Day 1 of exercises :)

  204. Corrina says:

    I like Merrell on FB

  205. Corrina says:

    I already like MRTT on FB

  206. Corrina says:

    I tweeted the giveaway

  207. Corrina says:

    I pinned the purple dash glove shoe to my "running" board

  208. Corrina says:

    I shared the blog post on FB

  209. LLLovemama says:

    Shared on my Facebook… PLEASE pick me!

  210. LLLovemama says:

    Shared the giveaway on Facebook… PLEASE pick me!

  211. LLLovemama says:

    Shared this on Facebook… PLEASE pick me, pick me! I want these shoes SO bad!