Welcome to our MoreFun2Run website, where you will find info for better and more enjoyable running. Not only to get a fitter, healthier body but also to gain more energy and a happier state of mind.
To build fitness, maintain energy levels and prevent injuries or other physical complaints, we like to promote:
- regular physical activity (min. 3x 1 hr /week)
- balanced training intensity (varied Heart Rates)
- optimized breathing
- healthy nutrition and eating habits
- running mindfully
- being playful outdoors
- daily meditation, and
- enough and good sleep
By sharing our personal running experiences, and our knowledge on breathing techniques, stress relief, focus, and nutrition, we hope that many people will (re-)discover the joy of running.
How it all began
My name is Angelique Pascaud and I am the founder of this webpage. I was born and raised in The Netherlands, but since 2007 my family and I have been living as expatriates in almost every continent. Since my childhood, I have been practicing sports competitively (swimming, tennis, European handball), but over the last couple of years, I’ve developed a true passion for running in particular.
From ZERO to 5km, to 10km, to Half Marathon within 1 year
Which started with an easy, just-for-fun run, grew into a more intensive and even competitive running hobby. I guess, I caught the runner’s fever! I’ve always liked to challenge myself, and so I purchased a GPS watch with a heart rate monitor and followed training schedules to improve endurance, pace, and overall fitness. My first half-marathon was in Noosa (QLD) in Australia, and although I felt completely drained afterward, I thought it was a fantastic experience. I got hungry for more: “Maybe I could beat my PR? Maybe I could even run a full marathon?”
We all make mistakes in life, and so did I. After the half marathon I decided to train more frequently and more intensively towards my next running goal: run faster, run longer!
As I was unaware of the risks of my fanatic approach, I overreached. Gradually I developed a nasty and very stubborn heel injury, called plantar fasciitis. And because I didn’t allow it to recover properly, I did more damage than good, which resulted in an additional heel bone stress fracture plus a mid-foot injury.
A frustrating, long recovery period
The intensive training on non-supporting running shoes caused way too much stress to my high arched feet that (as I found out later) were over-pronating. One-and-a-half years of severe pains followed. For months, I could hardly walk. I got frustrated not being able to run, so I was desperately searching for anything that would help me to speed up the recovery process!
Online Search for Help and Home remedies
Unfortunately, I was living in a developing country at that time, where access to local medical professionals was hardly available. So I turned to “Dr. 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 tools and accessories that I could use to reduce pain, minimize the issues, and speed up the recovery.
Professional medical treatments
At one point I could hardly stand on my injured foot, so I traveled abroad for professional health care. After I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis by a podiatrist, I had customized orthotics made and I purchased fitted running shoes (with the right support and shock absorption). Several treatments followed: cortisone injections, trigger point massages, and dry needling.
I got so desperate about the duration of the recovery, that I decided to add several home remedies too: self-massage, contrast hydrotherapy, foot strengthening, and stretching exercises. I even wore Plantar Fasciitis socks and braces. Some of them certainly helped to reduce the pain a bit, but they were not speeding up the recovery. It simply needed more patience!
Online Sports Injury Physio Therapy
The best online help I found was through online sports injury physio. I would really recommend this website! The owner, Maryke Louw, has helped me a lot with PF-specific foot exercises, stretches, and home treatments.
MoreFun2Run website was “born”
After step-by-step rehabilitation, I got fully back to running again (yay!), and I feel so relieved.
It’s been quite a journey to find all kinds of (self-)treatments for my injuries. I realized that worldwide there are millions of athletes that suffer from all kinds of injuries and other runner’s problems. That’s when I decided to share my experiences online with other runners. It was the initial start of this Morefun2run website.
New knowledge & Certifications
Over time I dug deeper into the world of runners which taught me that running is so much more than “just running faster and further” and feelings of pride of accomplishments. Running is also about the joy of being outdoors, freedom, adventures, good vibes, and energy. That’s why I decided to gain more running information and study running topics, such as training, nutrition, breathing, meditation, sleep, and cold therapy.
- 2021: Graduated from the course Nutrition, Exercise, and Sports (@Wageningen University & Research)
- 2021: Certified Mindful Run® Instructor (offering Mindful Run® courses in Budapest-Hungary)
- 2021: Followed several webinars and interactive programs on energy-efficient running, breathing, intermittent fasting, cold therapy, and meditation.
- 2019: Practicing Breathing techniques (Wim Hof, Pranayama, Buteyko)
- Currently: Advanced Instructor Training for certified breathing therapy (@Oxygen Advantage® )
Through this morefun2run website and social media, I will share my knowledge and personal experiences. I will provide information on injury prevention, stress reduction, and self-treatment of runners’ issues. And most importantly, I will share tips on how to run better and more enjoyable.
MoreFun2Run articles & topics
At morefun2run.com you will find the following articles and topics:
- Run training and recovery
- Endurance, strength, and flexibility
- Runners shoes, clothing, and accessories
- Running Injuries & Issues: prevention, (self-)treatments, and home remedies
- Mental training
- Stress relief, energy management, and Mindful Running
- Runners Nutrition and Eating habits
- Breathing techniques
- Cold training
- Healthy lifestyle: FINDING BALANCE AND GAINING MORE ENERGY
Consult a medical professional
If you are suffering from injuries, physical pains or discomfort, or mental issues, it is crucial to find professional (medical) advice on what to do and what to avoid. Always consult a doctor or medical (sport) specialist. Please be aware that I am not a medical specialist.
Better & More enjoyable runs
Pain- and stress-free running will lead to better results and become much more enjoyable. And that’s what MoreFun2Run is all about: happy & healthy running, without complaints or runners issues. Hope the info will be helpful for your runs. I wish you tons of energy and positive vibes!
If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org 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!