Barefoot 2.0

If you have been following this blog for a while then you are aware of my affinity for Merrell and their wonderful Barefoot shoes.  Both Josh and I have owned a number of their “glove” offerings, the minimalist sole is supportive without being heavy, I feel more balanced and move faster in them while working.

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However I have started running again and could feel my feet start to fatigue after about two miles while wearing the pace glove.  I don’t want to go back to a structured running shoe but also don’t want sore feet.  Minimalist shoes really work for me, they are not ideal for everyone.  I did break down and purchase a new pair of shoes but was never really happy with them, especially after a 5K in them.  While shopping for new hiking boots I saw something exciting, the newest evolution from Merrell, Bare Access.

They are AMAZING!!!!  Just a slight upgraded sole, some additional arch support but still very light.  My feet feel no fatigue and still feel very connected to the ground.  Plus they are cute, I am actually amazed at how well they match just about everything.  I wear they not just to run but also at work when we are setting up events.  I found that after switching to a minimalist shoe I moved much safer at work.  You feel you steps and I don’t trip over things and can move better around the gear as we are working.  This is just my option.  If you have tried a bare or low profile show before but found them lacking I would recommend giving the Access series a try.

***This blog is not sponsored by or connected to Merrell/Wolverine Shoe company. I simply believe in the product and wish to share my experiences.***

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Shared Spaces

A few years ago a troll made a comment on our food blog devaluing my opinion on his favorite restaurant based on the assumption I live in an RV. There was just so much to gripe about with that statement that I did that only reasonable thing, I deleted the comment. Poof, admin rights are awesome. However I still remember the comment, just for its craziness. First of all why would the opinion of someone who traveled in an RV be somehow less valuable? The biggest problem I had with the statement was that I don’t travel or live in an RV.

We travel the US via a cushy semi truck and stay in a hotel at night (as I mentioned last week). After six years we have mastered the art of sharing a small space. We both are messy so stuff lying about isn’t a source of contention. Smelliness is. We fight about one person funking up the shared space. My mother gave us a very thoughtful christmas gift, one that will make you giggle but it is amazing. She gifted us a sample set of Poo-Pourri. This stuff works, I’m amazed and it’s always in my suitcase. Unlike air fresheners that cover up the funk after the fact this stuff never lets it get out. Good stuff!!!! If you share space with a smelly belly like I do, get yourself some Poo-Pourri.

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***This is part of a series of posts called “Travel Tuesday“, each covering topics unique to our lifestyle***