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Wednesday
May162012

Bosilevac Sets Women's Barefoot Running Record

Debbie Bosilevac, Primalfoot Alliance advisory board member and experienced ultra marathon runner, recently set what is believed to be a women's record by running barefoot for 76.62 miles (123.31 km) in 24 hours. No other woman is known to have run as far in a single event while barefoot. Bosilevac completed the effort on an approximately three-mile out-and-back course of concrete sidewalks and grass in Olathe, Kansas, on Saturday, May 12.

Bosilevac runs past a field on her way to 76.62 total barefoot miles.Several factors motivated her to do the run. It was this year's iteration of her tradition to run an ultra on Mother's Day weekend. More importantly, though, she did it to prove something to her three daughters - and to some extent, herself.

"We're all stronger than we think we are," she said at about the 70-mile mark, while wiping tears from her eyes, "and I want my kids to know that."

Her tears were from the emotions she was feeling, not from her feet - which were, admittedly, hurting quite a bit by that distance.

"We all have hard times, and I think that there's a difference between people who give up and who don't. And I think that you need to know that about yourself - that you don't have to give up. You have more left."

Her run began at 12:26 p.m. on Friday and concluded exactly one day later. While the first four or five hours were "fun," according to her, she did struggle with bouts of nausea and exhaustion. The drive chain for her spotter's bicycle jammed up at one point as well, but was eventually fixed. Despite those setbacks, Bosilevac holds an unofficial record for barefoot running by a woman.

"This has been an interesting experience," she said. "It's an experiment of wanting to conquer the least likely way that man was intended to go barefoot - on a sidewalk. On a crusty, textured sidewalk - with gravel. My feet have held up well. It's just been interesting to sort of tackle that."

Two days later, she shared how her feet were recovering very well, "I have never had this few problems when running distance before. Ever. I think it was the lack of shoes." On her blog post about the experience, she elaborated. "Most of the foot issues I have had in ultras are due to friction from shoes."

When asked what she'd say to those who claim people aren't meant to go barefoot on sidewalks or other hard man-made surfaces, she said, "Yes, if you wear shoes every day and never exercise those muscles, you certainly weren't, but you can be. It's easy to do. I routinely walk my dogs and run the sidewalks barefoot. And that's just fine."

Bosilevac rests inside during a refueling/evaluation stop.She relayed a story about an experience had by one of the ladies on her crew during the event.

"She swears by her heels - swears by them - and she's had a lot of foot pain lately. She came out to run the dogs earlier and decided not to put her shoes back on. And she had no pain running, which was a first for her in a long time."

Bosilevac shared what she believes is the bigger picture of going barefoot.

"It's very child-like. I think that one of the problems in the world today is that we try so hard not to be child-like anymore. That's really sad that we've lost that, because that's one of the great joys in life - is to retain that childhood joy."

She will be sharing about her 24-hour barefoot ultra marathon on Saturday, May 26, at the local event for Your Day Without Shoes 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. More information about that event and other YDWS topics can be found at YourDayWithoutShoes.com.

Saturday
Mar172012

Your Day Without Shoes is May 26.

The Primalfoot Alliance is pleased to announce that "Your Day Without Shoes" 2012 will be on Saturday, May 26.

The day is for people who love to go barefoot to spend an entire day without having to wear anything on their feet. By doing this, we hope to gain public exposure to the barefoot lifestyle as a legitimate way of functioning in a society that is practically addicted to footwear. This furthers our mission that, "We advocate for people to go barefoot and find prudent ways to let feet be feet first."

Much more information about YDWS is available at its Website, YourDayWithoutShoes.com.

Monday
Jun132011

Inaugural 'Your Day Without Shoes' Celebrated Worldwide

Image: Kriste BrushaberOn Saturday, June 11, people throughout the world advocated for their bare feet on 'Your Day Without Shoes.' The event, sponsored by The Primalfoot Alliance, had participants in at least eight different countries on four continents and no less than 10 U.S. states. While exact numbers of participants are hard to come by, more than 1770 people had RSVPed on the event Facebook page that they would participate and dozens commented during and after the event about going barefoot. Not bad for the first time being held!

The day kicked off with people in Australia and The Philippines participating barefoot in activities. In The Philippines, The Tampakan Barefoot Society participated in a fun run at 5:30 a.m. and practiced in a soccer league.

In Europe, participants could be found without shoes in at least Belgium, England, Ireland and Germany. In Cornwall, England, Dr. Stephen Bloor, podiatrist and Primalfoot Alliance advisory board member, led a group of 11 people on a hike through Degibna Woods next to Loe Pool. He later posted a very detailed journal of the experience, including,

"Our first barefoot hike was a wonderful introduction to natural walking and an unexpectedly joyful and exhilarating experience."

Dr. Bloor (third from left) and UK participants show their hiking feet. Submitted by Stephen BloorAcross the "pond" in North America, we know of participants who shed their shoes in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Ontario and 10 U.S. states from New Hampshire to Georgia to Oregon. The New England Barefoot Runners held a 10K run and exhibit as part of Market Square Day. In Independence, Missouri, adults and children met at a local park to chat and for the kiddos to play on the playground. Afterward some of the group then dined barefoot at a local Chick-fil-A restaurant and the kids had even more fun playing on the indoor playground there.

Kids young and...not so young went barefoot in the park in Missouri, including Primalfoot Alliance founder Michael Buttgen (right) and his family. Submitted by Michael Buttgen

In Colorado, The Front Range Barefoot Hiking Group met at the Denver Botanic Gardens for a barefoot meet, greet, picnic and hike. Mary Hartman, one of the participants, shared,

"It was so great to see so many new people out for the day, interested in the barefoot lifestyle! We covered every terrain possible, from mud to gravel to pine needles and a reflexology path."

In Colorado, barefoot hikers were able to experience a reflexology path made of smooth rocks. Submitted by Kriste Brushaber

While there were a few reports of people being hassled in businesses for going barefoot -- including one person who was eventually allowed entrance to a swimming pool without shoes -- participants reported that they were able to educate and dispel some of the common myths related to bare feet. Others just enjoyed getting more in touch with their feet again, one of the goals for the day. Our favorite comment came from Erica Gott in Ireland. She shared,

"Thank you for this day. My feet are getting tougher and tougher, but having a whole 'official' day of being barefoot encouraged me to stay the course."

It was our pleasure, Erica.

So on Your Day Without Shoes you ran, hiked, shopped, dined, played and more with just your own two feet! We can't be happier with the outcome of this year's event and look forward to many more fantastic days without shoes to come. You made Your Day Without Shoes the largest non-charitable barefoot day in the world in its first occurrance! Thank you so much, and stay tuned for more to come.