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Reading/Berks Region Organizer


Reading, PA
Hometown: Reading PA

Member since:

March 29, 2012



Hi there! I'm a forty-something mom, wife, math instructor and barefoot runner. I love being active and enjoy spending time with my family and friends doing things outdoors.

Are you interested in barefoot hiking? Have you ever tried it before?

Love it! I really feel in tune with nature when I hike barefoot because my bare feet give me so much feedback about what's under my feet! Also, I generally have to slow down when hiking barefoot and taking my time allows me to take in my surroundings.

Are you interested in barefoot running? Have you ever tried it before?

Running was never my thing until I discovered barefoot running a few years ago. It began with reading a review of the Vibram Five Fingers. Everything I was reading about the natural running style made total sense to me. I bought VFF Treks which were soon followed by the Bikila and quickly replaced with the Bikila LS (the one with the laces). After reading Born to Run, I then discovered huaraches at I finally made the plunge and went totally bare after reading some encouraging posts in the Runner's World Barefoot Running Forum. I mostly run around my neighborhood and on local trails. I must be the only barefoot runner in all of Berks County...please correct me (and connect me!) if I am wrong :)

Besides hiking and running, what other outdoor activities if any have you done barefoot?

Does swimming count? :)

What is the longest period of time you've ever gone without shoes?

I can go days without shoes in-between semesters at the college or while on vacation. If I have to wear shoes then the only thing I wear is either my Xero huaraches, my Luna sandals or flip flops.

If you become a member, would you be willing to host any parties or BBQs at your house?

Sure thing!!

What Lara is saying about this Meetup Group

A friendly group of adventurous kind of peeps! New friends...yay!!!

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  • Vi

    Lara!!! Are you ready for Round 2?? July 8 :) Bring your friends again!

    Jun 27, 2012 11:09 AM
  • Vi

    Hello Lara! Thanks for joining Fun Berks, looking forward to meeting you :)

    May 21, 2012 2:02 PM
  • Chrys

    Thank you for the greeting, Lara. It's a bit of a trek from me to you all, but I can't wait to meet you and the group and feet boulders beneath my feet... Namaste.

    May 14, 2012 10:56 AM
  • Barefoot J.

    Lara, I want to thank you for helping welcome all of the new members. It's something I don't always have time to do, but I think it means a lot to the new people and makes them feel confident to come out to their fist event.

    May 13, 2012 7:46 PM
  • Ana Maria Chirinos N.

    Hi Lara, thank you for your welcome I will practice because for be honest I never did, but I guee will be fun, you are very kind, I hope to meet yopu soon...

    May 03, 2012 11:15 AM
  • Livio A.

    Sounds like a plan <g>

    May 02, 2012 10:50 AM
  • Livio A.

    Hi Lara,
    thanks for your welcome note. I am afraid I will not be able to join you for the international barefoot day: it happens to be the same day as the Broad Street Run here in Philadelphia, and I am running in that race... so I guess I will have my International barefoot running day in a different location :-)
    I wish you all a lot of fun on your run, and hope I might be able to join you at some other time.
    And wish me luck on the BSR... it's 16 km :-\

    May 02, 2012 10:41 AM
  • Jeannine M.

    Pennsylvania Barefoot Hikers

    Thanks for the hello ;) I'm so excited to try this new adventure. I'm all about bare feet. If I could live on an beach or in a mountain I would in a second. No shoes of course! Can't wait to meet soon.

    Apr 20, 2012 7:12 AM
  • Barefoot J.

    Welcome to the Lehigh Valley Barefoot Runners & Hikers. You definately found a home here. BTW, love the default pic... Nothing is cooler than a barefoot family.

    Mar 30, 2012 10:23 AM

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