Playful, informative, sporadic
My training began in the spring/summer of 2013. It’s hard to pinpoint an exact time, because I had a gradual introduction. I met Andy Keller, and through the course of our conversation he explained to me what parkour was, and invited me to come try it with him and a group of people with whom he trained. I decided to give it a shot, so I met them at Long’s Park for one of their Monday night training sessions. The first couple times that I went I felt so out of place because everyone else there was so good, and they were all great friends, and I was just this random girl. But I didn’t want to quit (despite crying in the shower when I got home), so I just kept showing up.
Eventually I got to know people, I learned that they had been training for quite a while, and I didn’t feel quite so out of place when I showed up to their training sessions. Three years later, I’m still training, and I really don’t know what my life would’ve been like if I had quit after my first day at the park.
Since I began practicing parkour, my confidence, especially in social situations, has increased dramatically. The communities with which I have trained have been completely supportive, and I have developed invaluable friendships. In general, I have become a much more social, happy, and well-adjusted person.
I have also started to see the world differently since I began practicing parkour. Wherever I go I’ll see training spots and opportunities. It’s a much more fun way to see things.
I am 19 years old as of June, 2016.
I generally call my training “parkour,” but will occasionally use “free-running” or “art of movement” to clarify for other people.
Parkour is not flashy flips and tricks. It is not only for athletic young people. Parkour is a way of interacting with your environment, and anyone who has the desire to train should try it.
I live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the United States, but go to school in Allentown, PA. Lancaster is home, but I spend a large amount of time in Allentown.