The author's physics and relevant specifics
- She's 37 year old
- Describes herself as "a lazy ass bitch who enjoys nature and wants to feel fit, but any activity must fit in effortlessly with family/work balance"
- She's a mom of two, most recent pregnancy 11 months ago
- Has about 7 kg overweight
- Did some pregnancy yoga and pilates exercises
- Postpartum she did more pilates + rope skipping to rebuild pelvic floor and inner abdominals
- Daily errands are preferably done by bike (2 X 15')
- She is a former amateur in classical ballet, sports climbing, shoerunning, yoga and pilates
- And a wanna-be professional writer who takes inspiration from John Irving and Haruki Murakami, both excellent writers and runners.
What do you need to try this?
- watch this video by Terra Plana
- I like to run mornings. Getting dressed in my sports outfit is an excellent way to make sure I actually cross that threshold and go!
- an excellent sports bra (depending on your bra size)
- a low tech kitchen timer
- if you are self conscious about your bare feet: some kind of camouflage, such as a stroller (with or without child inside)
- sports tape
- Compeed or generic blister bandaid
- a nice spot to start, or a nice destination if you start from home
My training build up:
- day 1: warm up and technique using video, 100x barefoot rope skipping, 4 intervals of 5' running, 5' walking
- day 5: family run, 100x barefoot rope skipping, 4x5'5'
- day 6: Zandvoort 2h clinic
- day 7: home run, 5' run 5' walk, 10' run, 5' walk, 20' run, 5'walk (hurt my foot)
- day 11: family run, 20'
Forming a habit
If you want to make this a habit, I suggest you:
- join a running club
- get a really cool outfit
- get an explanatory t-shirt (including URL or Twitter alias)
- decide on a schedule
Let me know of any other suggestions or to meet up. I haven't run myself since day 11, so ehr... habitforming is not my strongsuit. Help appreciated : ). Currently I am thinking, if our little girl seems to wake up at a staggering 5 or 6 am, I should probably head out straight away with her... will let you know if I manage!
I took a clinic from wouter Buist (http://wouterbuist.nl/Barefoot_Running/Activiteiten.html). It was nice to get some personal feedback on my technique. But the information was not really new. Not a must if you have some background in any kind of training or sports.