Hi all! Intros: I'm Vanessa, age 28. Journalism grad working as an editor at a natural health magazine. Also going to school to become an RHN(Registered Holistic Nutritionist). Born in El Salvador, now Canadian (came when I was 3), and now a barefoot runner! For more personal info and/or a glimpse into my soul you can visit vanessaruns.com. It's a blog I update daily. Been running since late 2007 and started experimenting with the barefoot thing in 2009. Skipped the winter, then ran a marathon (in shoes) and my next goal is to run a barefoot marathon. I bought my first pair of VFFs a couple of weeks ago although I do love them on cold days, I prefer running barefoot. Progress is good so far, I'm working hard at it. Blister count: 2. I figure it's ok because I DID get 2 black toenails from my shoes at my marathon, so it evens out. Current plans: * Whitby 10 miler at the end of November 2010 *Barefoot half marathon in Toronto, May 2011 You'll also be proud to know that I inspired at LEAST two people (that I'm aware of) to start running barefoot with two blog posts I wrote (http://t.co/quQCqZR and http://t.co/F9cwErV). ONE of them is Canadian! Yay! (Winnipeg) She runs barefoot now all the time, she's like my little barefoot disciple. Just wanna pinch her cheeks! (I'm gonna make her join here) Not sure how I'll get through this (my first!) winter. But I did order a bracelet that says "HARDEN THE FUCK UP" .. That should do it.