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Articles by Powdered Feet

Passionate about community, mental health and fitness, I am an endurance athlete, Under Armour athlete and believer that sport has the power to change lives. My nickname “powdered feet” comes from the Haitian Kreyol saying, which describes a person so active that you never see them, just the footprints of where they’ve been in powder. I started running after a period of depression, and, over the past 4 years, have been able to Find Meaning on the Run. My running journey started with a blog,, and eventually expanded into a transformative movement known as Harlem Run. When I’m not running, I’m working to resolve and speaking passionately about issues related to women and girls. Find meaning on the run with me at @powderedfeet on Instagram and Twitter!

  • Runners Share How They Overcome Mental Illness

    By Powdered Feet

    These amazing stories of strength show that running can help anyone pull through the toughest of times.

  • Inspiring Mother Runners

    By Powdered Feet

    With Mother's Day just around the corner, Powdered Feet is proudly sharing a few mother runners who help shape her life daily.

  • My 7 Most Memorable Boston Moments

    By Powdered Feet

    One week after the Boston Marathon, Alison—a.k.a. Powdered Feet—is still reflecting on her race experience and memories made.

  • 7 Reasons Springtime Running Is Awesome

    By Powdered Feet

    The change from winter to spring brings some subtle changes to the sport of running—and Powdered Feet just can't get enough of it.

  • Using Fitness As Empowerment And To Stop Silently Suffering

    By Powdered Feet

    An important reminder that making an action plan—and being gentle with yourself—is one way to get through difficult times.

  • I'm Getting Ready For Boston Injured

    By Powdered Feet

    With just a few weeks left until the Boston Marathon, Alison Désir shares how she is preparing despite an overuse injury.

  • 5 Reasons Running Is The Best Way To See A New City

    By Powdered Feet

    Next time you are traveling, here are a few simple reasons to pack a pair of running shoes as your mode of transportation.

  • 20 Things Runners Know To Be True

    By Powdered Feet

    We love our non-running friends, but there are some things about us they will never understand—especially these 20 things.

  • A Call To #BeBoldForChange On International Women’s Day

    By Powdered Feet

    Leading up to International women's Day on March 8, Alison Désir reflects on how far we've come—and what still needs to be done.

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