Hello from Belgium

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by PL_bart, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. PL_bart Barefooters

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    Hi to you all, glad to meet you!

    I got to know BF running a couple of years ago while watching a youtube channel. Since then I've been intrigued by the fact that some people actually do run barefoot. I said to myself I'd give it a try but then again, I never dared to take that step. (I guess my fear of getting hurt is way bigger than my courage to actually run barefoot - but I guess that's something to overcome.

    Since a couple of weeks, however, after suffering from some lower back pain when getting up, I remembered the words of an old clogmaker I once met at an open air museum here, who said that since people started wearing shoes, all kinds of ailments (such as bad sight, back achings, etc...) had appeared since mankind has been wearing shoes.

    Thus, I decided to go barefoot whenever I can, and I must admit : I 'm loving it!!! I walk around barefoot in the house, I try to pick up things with my feet and I do walks with the dog barefoot! I hope all these things will prepare my feet to become a barefoot runner soon!

    Love to hear from you guys!

    Greetzz

    Bart
  2. Phil Hart Barefooters
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    Welcome, Bart. It's really not as crazy as it sounds on the surface; we've just become used to shoes (with some negative consequences as your clog-maker friend pointed out). You just have to be a little more aware of where you step. Glad to have you with us.

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  3. Barefoot Dama Barefooters
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    Nice having you here Bart, if you're loving walking barefoot right now wait till you start running barefoot, there is no telling how joyful that is but don't take my word for it find out for yourself:)
    Welcome!

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  4. PL_bart Barefooters

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    Thanks guys,

    I'll keep my eyes wide open, and when I got any questions, I 'm sure you'll help me out.

    See you!
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  5. Barefoot TJ Administrator
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    Welcome! :barefoot:

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  6. Hans Verbeek Barefooters

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    Hi Bart, welcome in the community.
    Don't get carried away in your enthousiasm. Take it really slow and easy.
    Your feet have to adjust and get stronger.
    Running barefoot feels great, but be careful and listen to your body.
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  7. PL_bart Barefooters

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    Thanks Hans,

    I think you have it right there above : it's the listening to my body and feet that seems to be the toughest of it all. But nevertheless : I already enjoy walking barefoot, and I'm certain the running will get better eventually.

    CU,

    Bart
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  8. Barefoot TJ Administrator
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    Bart, please feel free to join the Belgium Chapter (Chapters link above) if you haven't already. :barefoot:

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  9. JosephTree Barefooters
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    Welcome, sir!

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