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.


Kelly Lyman said...

My husband and I watch Free Running on YouTube. We came across it back accident one time. It is so scary cool!

Elena Solodow said...

The Office did a hilarious bit about this activity. It didn't turn out well...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think I'd wind up dead.

Shannon said...

I'd be no good at this at all. Still, I absolutely love watching it and dreaming that one day I might be that awesome ... one day....

Lydia K said...

Parkour is SOOOO COOOL!

I would have done it in my wilder days before college. I was pretty jumpy then.

Hart Johnson said...

Very fun! Do you follow 'Becoming Layla' by any chance? It is one of the blogs I really enjoy--the author has been spending the last year trying to learn how to do all the activities her heroine (an international spy) has to do. She has rock climbed and learned karate and taught herself to pick locks--it's pretty great. This reminded me of that.

Raquel Byrnes said...

Kelly - I know...Its so fun to watch!

Elena - I'll have to see if I can catch that on Hulu.

Alex - You and me both. =)

Shannon - Yeah, it'll stay in the realm of dreams for me.

Lydia K - I've done some crazy stuff, but heights are not my thing.

Hart - She sounds like a kindred soul. I've taken shooting lessons, karate, and the like in the name of research also. I'll check her out.

DEZMOND said...

Ah, bummer, and I was just about to do some parkour in my Manolos :))

Shannon O'Donnell said...

My middle child is very taken with "extreme" activities. I'm thinking I won't show him this. LOL. :-)

Vicki Rocho said...

I've never heard of this.

(thanks for the video clip to bring me into the age of enlightenment)

Looks a lot like every movie chase scene I've ever seen. I could see this being a very tense book!