My name in middle school spanish class was Mono, because I was the king of jumping off of playground equipment and attempting – sometimes pulling off – flips and barrel rolls. From the age of 8 to 22 I chose soccer as my way to express myself as a human who loves movement. I ran, not because I really wanted to, but because I wanted to dance around and klck a little round piece of synthetic leather believing I would one day be able to show my movement skills to the world. I stopped playing competitively after college.

I could never find the right shoe as a child, teenager, nor child/adult. About a year and a half ago I was crying laughing at Barefoot Ted’s scenes in Born to Run. Two weeks later I experienced a happiness that I had never knew….happy feet. That’s right! Two pairs of Lunas appeared at my doorstep. One do it yourself kit and another pair of original Venados.

At first the Venados seemed a bit large, and I was too lazy to send them back, even though I am known to constantly send back footwear because they aren’t “perfect”. This time I decided to be patient.

Two months later I was running 10 miles runs at 7 min pace in the Venados, up and down hills in Louisville, KY, across the flats of Miami, Fl, and through various parks.

This morning I ran a spur of the moment 10k trail run at Oleta State Park in MIami, Fl. I ran in the Mono’s and the people I was passing thought i was insane. To my surprise I won the race…(I never passed the kid I saw jolt at the start of the race….he may have taken a wrong turn and run a longer route…..oh well).

I am a MONO for life.


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