About

Hi and welcome!

MoreFun2Run is about happy and healthy running, without any physical pains or other complaints. Let me first tell you a bit more about my own running background and why I started this website.

Since childhood, I have always been practicing several sports, but over the last couple of years, I’ve developed a true passion for running in particular. Which started with an easy -just for fun- run in the park,  grew into a more intensive and competitive running hobby. Within a few weeks, that first casual run became daily training sessions. I guess I had caught the runner’s fever! I purchased a GPS watch with a heart rate monitor, I followed training schedules to improve duration, speed, and overall fitness. And about a year later I signed up for my first half-marathon in Noosa, QLD in Australia! It was a fantastic experience.

Noosa half marathon 2017

Very proud of my achievement, I got ‘hungry for more’! But as we all make mistakes in life, so did I. Shortly after I got over-trained.  One-an-a-half year of injuries and pains followed. “A few months of 100% rest and an absolute minimum of walking, followed by physiotherapy and a rehabilitation program”, was the doctor’s advice. I thought I was going crazy, not being able to run, so I was desperately searching for anything that would help me to speed up the recovery process!

Unfortunately, I was living in a developing country at that time, where access to medical help was hardly available, so I turned to Google for helpful information. As patience is not exactly my strongest competence, you can imagine the number of hours I spent online to do research on all possible home remedies, professional treatments, and accessories that I could use to reduce pain, minimize the issues, and speed up the recovery.

My injury inspired me to gain new insights, which was the initial start of Morefun2run.

A little story about my feet

I guess every foot is unique, but mine are extremely wide and have an enormous high arch. Therefore I’ve always had problems with finding well-fitting shoes. I discovered I didn’t wear the right shoes for me: they had insufficient support and shock absorption. The intensive training on those runners caused way too much stress to my feet.

And so I gradually developed a very stubborn plantar fasciitis and later on a heel bone stress fracture, which both caused severe heel and mid-foot pains. For months, I could hardly walk. I had to travel abroad to see a podiatrist, had customized orthotics made, bought new runners, had cortisone injections, tried massages, dry needling, and contrast hydrotherapy, practiced foot strengthening and stretching exercises, tried out socks, sleeves, and braces, and so on. I found an online physiotherapist that helped me a lot with specific foot exercises, stretches, and other home treatments.

All in all, it took me over a year to recover. I’ve learned my lesson the hard way.

But now, I’m running again. (yeah!) I feel so relieved.

More Fun 2 Run was “born”

Not only I have been struggling with injuries runner’s issues, worldwide there are millions of runners that suffer from all kinds of injuries and other runner’s problems. This motivated me to dig deeper into the world of runners. I have learned that running is so much more than “just running faster and further”. Happy running, without physical or mental complaints, is the aim of every runner. And that’s basically what this site is all about. The articles will describe personal running experiences. I will provide tips to prevent or minimize all kinds of runners problems. And I will share knowledge and information on how to run better and more enjoyable.

At morefun2run.com you will find the following topics:

  • Training and recovery
  • Endurance, strength, and flexibility
  • Runners shoes and clothing
  • Injuries, treatments, self-care, and prevention
  • Mental training, stress relief, and Mindful Running
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Breathing techniques
  • Cold showering / bathing
  • Sleep
  • Healthy lifestyle: FINDING BALANCE

Always consult medical advice

If you are suffering from a specific injury or typical runner issue, it is crucial to get a good overview of what you could do and what’s best to avoid. Always consult a doctor or medical (sport) specialist. In my posts, I will share with you my personal stories and findings. But please be aware that I am not a medical specialist. I write from an (ex-injured) hobby runner’s point of view.

Better & More enjoyable runs

Pain- and stress-free running will lead to better results and most importantly more enjoyable runs! And that’s what MoreFun2Run is all about:  happy & healthy running, without complaints or runners issues. I will share my personal running experiences and provide tips to prevent or minimize all kinds of runners problems. Hope they will be helpful for your runs too!

Please have a look around my website. If you have any questions, feel free to send me an e-mail at angelique@morefun2run.com or leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

I hope you will all have more fun 2 run! All the best!

Angelique


 

14 thoughts on “About

  1. Great Post Angelique. Very informative and easy to read. Well I haven’t experienced plantar fasciitis myself, my sister has and she has been in a great deal of pain. I will recommend she review your site.

  2. Hi Angelique, sorry to hear of all the injuries you had due to running. I to run, though I had not for awhile. But I did run on a regular basis. I had run in the snow and rain. I loved to run when it was hot and sunny, just so I could break a swet. I guess I was lucky that I never got a injury from running. Your site is nice and not to over crowded. A lot of info. on running and how to take care of yourself, so to keep running. Nice images too.

  3. Hello Angelique

    I myself had been dx with plantar fasciitis a year ago. I really didn’t pay much mind to it until it got worse. I regret not doing the stretching exercises back then because I’m still in pain. I’m working on it with stretching and such.

    I loved the way your site is laid out and very clean and easy to understand. You have a lot of information available about how to take better care of your body, especially your feet when doing any type of physical activities.

    I’m not a runner but have often thought about taking that up and train for a marathon. Also have thought about kickboxing too, I think that it’s a good physical workout without the same monotonous moves. Great site, Angelique.
    Kindly
    Dee

  4. Hi Angelique, I hope you are getting well now? Are you started again to train for a marathon? I’ll follow you and I’m very interested in your success.
    I wish you all the best.

  5. He Angelique, very Nice and informative to read your site. Unfortunately i have the same complaints as you had. I’m going to work on it with your tips. Hopefully i’m pain free in A while. Maybe i’ll run A marathon too someday?
    Good Luck with everything!!

    1. Hi Katrien,
      Thank you for the compliment 😉 I’m sorry you’re in such heel pain. Whether it is Plantar Fasciitis or another heel injury, please just don’t neglect the symptoms too long and take the right precautions for optimised healing. Get well soon!

  6. Hi Angelique,

    We often forget how important footwear is in preventing excessive stress on our body mechanics when we exercise or run…most of us do not even understand the need of fitting proper footwear appropriate to our individual foot shape and even body size…I was one of them…great site, thank you.
    Just wonder if you are totally recovered and back running? Also, as a matter of interest, I am in Australia but my sister is living in Tilburg since 1979.
    Warm regards
    Tom Tabor

    1. Absolutely right Tom. I’ve made that mistake (wearing worn-out shoes) and learned a (painful) lesson. After 1.5 years of struggle, I was finally recovered from my plantar fasciitis. Throughout my recovery process, I learned that running is not just running the miles only: It starts with wearing proper footwear. But it also needs a variety of types of training sessions (strengthening, flexibility, and stability, but also varying running intensity and duration), healthy nutrition & hydration, rest & recovery. I thought running was just heading out the door when I first started. Where in Australia are you living (I’ve lived in PNG and visited Australia quite often. My first half marathon was in Noosa)? And Tilburg is very close to the town I used to live in The Netherlands. What a small world. Good luck with your next runs!

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