Welcome to our MoreFun2Run website, where I’d like to share personal running experiences, and knowledge of breathing techniques, stress relief, and nutrition. I hope to inspire a healthy lifestyle, including joyful running!
Our mission is to motivate and empower you to balance stress and boost your energy levels. Small changes in your daily habits, such as eating, sleeping, moving, and breathing, can make a huge difference. It will automatically affect your running as well.
FINDING BALANCE IS KEY
We expose our bodies and minds to all kinds of stress. Stress in itself is not bad, as long as we allow enough rest as well. It’s all about finding the right balance: Training vs Recovery, Eating vs Fasting, Brain Activity vs Relaxation, etc.. Balancing the stressors in our system will help prevent all kinds of complaints, diseases, and injuries.
Our vision: Fit body & Happy state of mind for everybody
A fit body and a happy state of mind will not only make running easier, better, and more enjoyable. It will make your daily life better! That’s why MoreFun2Run likes to promote:
- regular physical activity
- sufficient rest to recover
- balanced and varied training
- functional breathing
- healthy nutrition and eating habits
- running mindfully
- being playful outdoors
- daily meditation
- sufficient good quality sleep
My name is Angelique Pascaud and I am the founder of this webpage. I was born and raised in The Netherlands. Since 2007 my family and I have been expatriated to almost every continent on the globe. 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 Half Marathon within a year
It started with an easy, just-for-fun run, which shortly after 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 became hungry for more, and thought: “Maybe I could beat my PR? Maybe I could even run a full marathon?” So I resumed training the day after….
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 more!
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
The intensive training on non-supporting running shoes caused way too much stress to my high-arched feet that (as I found out later) are 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 Help and Home remedies
Unfortunately, I was living in a developing country at that time, where access to local medical professionals was not 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. I did research on all possible home remedies, treatments, tools, and accessories that I could use to reduce pain and speed up 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. I also purchased fitted running shoes (with the right support and shock absorption). And several additional 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 that I found was through The Online Sports Injury Physio. I can really recommend this website! The owner, Maryke Louw, has helped me a lot with PF-specific foot exercises, stretches, and home treatments.
The MoreFun2Run website was “born”
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.
After step-by-step rehabilitation, I finally got fully back to running (yay!). This whole journey has taught me a big lesson: the best way to deal with injuries is to keep them from happening. Injury prevention became a higher priority!
I was lucky to meet and learn from inspiring athletes, run coaches, yoga and meditation teachers, mindfulness specialists, nutritionists, and friends in Netherlands & Budapest. I discovered fantastic training programs and along the way, I decided a career switch: lifestyle coaching.
Education & Certifications
Digging deeper into the world of runners taught me that running is so much more than “just running”. It’s not only about athletic performance and accomplishments. Running is even more about the joy of being outdoors, freedom, adventures, and good vibes. It’s about the energy! That’s why I decided to gain more knowledge:
- 2019: Breathing techniques (Wim Hof, Pranayama, Buteyko)
- 2021: Nutrition, Exercise, and Sports (graduated@Wageningen University & Research)
- 2021: Certified Mindful Run® Instructor (offering Mindful Run® courses and workshops in Hungary and Slovenia)
- 2021: Several webinars and interactive programs on energy-efficient running, optimal breathing, intermittent fasting, cold therapy, and meditation.
- 2023: WIM HOF METHOD® fundamentals
- Currently: Advanced Oxygen Advantage Breathing Instructor (@Oxygen Advantage® )
- Currently: Nutrition Coach, Behaviour Coach, Motivational Consultation, Physical Activity Coach, Lifestyle Coach (@BenVitaal Academy)
Through this website and our social media, I will share my knowledge and personal experiences. I will post tips on how to live a more balanced lifestyle with less stress and higher energy levels. And how to run better, and make your run more fun!
At morefun2run.com you will find the following articles :
- Run training and recovery
- Endurance, strength, and flexibility training
- Running 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
When to consult professional medical help
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 (sports) specialist.
Better & More enjoyable runs
Running should not be a struggle, but FUN! Pain- and stress-free running will lead to better performance and a better mood! And that’s what MoreFun2Run is all about: living a healthy, balanced lifestyle with joyful 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 an*******@mo*********.com or leave a comment below. I am more than happy to help you out.
I hope you will all have More Fun 2 Run! All the best!