Hello all, Originally English, I moved to Normandy, France in 2008 to follow the love of my life I've always loved going barefoot, and I always thought that I hated running... it hurt and I just couldn't see the point. So I avoided it. A few years ago, however, I met someone wearing Vibram 5-fingers at a conference, and my life changed. I never even knew that minimalist shoes existed until then. I started wearing Xero sandals as my everyday "shoe" all year round (I can't go barefoot at work unfortunately), and my back, knee, and hip pain disappeared. I am, however, thinking of making a card to hand out especially in Winter - "No, my feet aren't cold", "If it makes you feel cold to look at my feet, look into my eyes", "Yes I run in them"... What?! She runs now? Yes, about 6 months ago, I started running - not completely barefoot yet (except on the treadmill), but in my minimalist sandals. I'm obviously still very much a beginner, so I've set myself the goal of running 5km in 30 minutes for my 50th birthday in October. I'm here to unashamedly absorb your collective wisdom, as I'm self-taught up to now, going by the rule "if it hurts change it", and I'm keen to improve.