What’s more fun than barefoot trail running?
Barefoot trail running combined with parkour!
I like this quote (from Wikipedia, of course).
“Parkour involves seeing one’s environment in a new way, and imagining the potentialities for navigating it by movement around, across, through, over and under its features.”
How has it taken me this long to realize there’s even more to see along our local trails than “just” all the fabulous native plants, critters, and rocks?
There are also possibilities for PLAY . . . and active play is vital for our desk-bound generation.
Here’s a video that Christopher McDougall (yeah, that guy who wrote Born to Run and Natural Born Heroes) posted on his Facebook feed this morning . . . about how play, and movement, and parkour (all synonymous?) can help us older adults age more gracefully (ha . . . literally!) : To Be and To Last: A Parkour Documentary.
Of course, I’ve been heading in this direction for a while, ever since web-stumbling across Katy Bowman’s excellent, fabulous, life-changing blog (recently re-branded as “Nutritious Movement”).
So now my barefoot trail time has become a quest for opportunities to jump and swing and balance and hang:
All the while still enjoying the beauty of our local wildlands:
And, of course, the sycamore are still sporting some terrific fall color:
Winter is on its way. . . and “el Nino” (“El Niño means The Little Boy, or Christ Child in Spanish. El Niño was originally recognized by fishermen off the coast of South America in the 1600s, with the appearance of unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean. The name was chosen based on the time of year (around December) during which these warm waters events tended to occur.”) and Christmas!
Christmas Time’s A Comin’! (This video of the classic bluegrass song by Bill Monroe starts with an interview; skip to 1:15 for the song, which you will not be able to get out of your ears . . . for better or worse 🙂 )