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Parkour (ish)

Well, this was the most fun I have had in a long time. A big disclaimer first, though--if you have seen this video of parkour... Wakanomori and I looked NOTHING LIKE THOSE PEOPLE. Bear in mind that my physical activity consists of long walks--nice in a general way, but not what you'd call strenuous. Not what you'd call aerobic. Wakanomori runs half marathons, so he does aerobic exercise, but he doesn't generally jump from one building to another or anything like that.

But now we're on our way! Watch this page, and in a year's time... (we still won't be jumping from one building to another).

The place we picked is called Holland Glen. A stream runs through a deep gorge with lots of big rocks. There are lots of very mossy boulders and sheer rock faces, lots of fallen-down trees. Lots of oak leaves under foot and lots of hemlock trees around.

(So already, not too like the video, but that's because we live in a rural area--so like the forest part of the video.)

So first, we ran up the start of the trail--this is "hill training," says Wakanomori, and it had me puffing and ready to die pretty much from the start, but then it got fun, because he said, "Okay, let's make our way up those rocks," so we did, trying to go as fast as we could without slipping. And then "Now let's go back down!"--so we did that too--and then we jumped from rock to rock across the stream, and I ended up with a wet foot because of a misstep, but it didn't matter because all that exercise was keeping me quite warm.

And then we balanced along some fallen trees, and jumped over some, and went up some rock faces, and down them, then ran on a narrow part of the trail, then back down to the stream, and so on.

It was like a giant game of tag--it was--I'm at a loss for words--even though really at times I was practically creeping along, because I was wanting to be cautious about my footing and so on, I felt as if I was flying! I was panting and puffing, and probably looked pretty sad, but I *felt* totally exhilerated and free.

I can't wait to do it again.



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 12th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
oh.my.god.!! you can't do that!...is that what that is??
No!...I can't afford to lose any friends, my list is to small.
Mar. 13th, 2006 11:27 am (UTC)
Oh, what fun. I love a good work out.
Mar. 13th, 2006 11:37 am (UTC)
OMG! I just watched the video!!!! I can't believe anyone can really do that....or would....scary.
Mar. 14th, 2006 10:01 am (UTC)
I know... it's amazing.
Mar. 15th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
Are those parkour things man made courses or are they just running unplanned from roof to roof? Some of that stuff in the video looks like they just did an impromptu run through a regular neighborhood.
Mar. 15th, 2006 06:44 am (UTC)
I get the impression that the impromptu running is more in the genuine spirit of parkour, although the spectacular rooftop jumps are part of what attracts people to it. Here's a page with some history.

My mother, after looking at the video, said that for her it looked like it was somewhere between a chase dream (scary--you can never get away) and a flying dream (infinitely freeing).
Mar. 15th, 2006 09:46 am (UTC)
oh yes....those chase dreams *are* really scary. Will check out the history of "Parkour"
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