Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Survival Wednesdays - Free Running

So I've been tinkering with this YA novel idea that has Free Running or Parkour in it. Its a type of urban acrobatics in which kids do stunningly dangerous and gravity-defying moves on buildings, roofs and ledges that would make any mother's hair turn white.

Sounds fun, right?

So in researching this wholesome activity, I found that there are a few things to keep in mind before trying it out.

First...You HAVE to be a fictional character or a trained professional.

Second...Wear the right clothes. This type of activity is not suitable for enrobed princesses, knights, any sort of caped-crusader or women wearing Manolos. Loose pants and t-shirts seem to be the popular choice.

Third...You  must be "Fit" as in, a testosterone fueled, adrenaline junkie whose parents are Cirque Du Soleil performers.

Fourth...Wear the right equipment like protective gear such as elbow and knee pads, gloves, helmet. And choose the right shoes.  Cause nothing breaks a five-story fall like some awesome kicks!

And Fifth...start easy. I would suggest a curb or possibly a tin can for starters. Don't attempt what trained athletes and professional stunt men use wires, pulleys, and landing pads for right off the bat. Work up to it.

After perusing countless videos its come to my attention that I don't see any of the ladies taking a header off of high-rises. Hmmm...I may have to remedy that.

Until next time, I leave you with my favorite Free Running Video.  Now...Go Write!

Photograph by Thor.