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…
- 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.
- 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!
- Check out their facebook page and “like” them: https://www.facebook.com/merrell and come tell us you did.
- 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).
- Tweet your excitement about the giveaway saying “I want to be #prettystrong with @merrelloutside and @momsrunthistown. #momsrunthis”
- “Like” Moms RUN This Town on facebook (or tell us you already do)
- 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” ;)