Taking baby steps towards a worry free run

Kirsten van der Kolk , power woman, mother, Olympic coach and former Olympic Gold rowing champion, updates us about her progress on her pelvic floor muscles with Carin exercises. Read more about the first positive exercise experience she had in a long time.
The training camps abroad with the Dutch Olympic rowing team are preferred moments to continue my training routine. At home I sometimes skip my routine, but having this steady life at camp keeps me in the routine. Next to staying fit, I’ve come into the habit to take advantages of these daily moment to exercise  my pelvic floor muscles. At this training camp, I experiences steady progress I am making. The day I can do my first worry free run is becoming a reality!

Climbing the mountain with a pile of toilet paper in my bag

Every morning we start the day with the exercises. We get up early and work out. We do one round of 7 minutes, or two if possible.  We have selected our favorite exercises and also a few annoying ones to complain about. After finishing the workout session we applaud for ourselves.

After our morning session we take a fresh morning shower before we show up at the breakfast table. The breakfast table is the place to discuss the plans for the day. As my morning is still blank, I think about what activities to fill my morning with: I could join the other teams with their training, but the weather is really bad. But hanging around in the muddy cold doesn’t sound like a nice thing to do. Instead I could exercise together with a group of athletes, running in the rain with ‘sopping’ running shoes.

What a big difference with only a couple of days ago when I walked up a mountain in the bright sunlight and on my slippers. As a precautionary measure I carried in my bag a pile of toilet paper for in case I couldn’t reach a toilet in time. But the three hours of walk went without surprises. Carelessly I ‘hopped up’ the mountain, as my colleague described it. It really was my first positive experience in a long time to exercise without worries.

Kirsten on the mountain top

Kirsten on the mountain top

Pelvic floor work out

I am convinced my routine of training my pelvic floor muscles is helping. I do the training on daily moments like for example when I’m driving, an opportunity I used to ignore, or watch TV: Just contract and relax. You don’t have to switch on the Carin Exercise app for that.

I realize it takes little baby steps towards a worry free run. This positive experience of climbing the mountain without incidents makes me look forward to that moment I put on my shoes and just run. Now I decided that next training camp I take my running shoes with me. And wear them, even if it’s raining outside, to get the taste of the feeling of unbound freedom again.

Kirsten van der Kolk

Kirsten van der Kolk is a power woman, mother of two  sweet daughters, Olympic coach and former Olympic Gold rowing champion. She currently exercises her pelvic floor muscles with Carin. Each month she updates us about her progress.  

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Kirsten van der Kolk is a power woman, mother of two sweet daughters, Olympic coach and former Olympic Gold rowing champion. She currently exercises her pelvic floor muscles with Carin. Each month she updates us about her progress.

1 Comment

  1. Such an inspirational post. I can’t even make myself run around the block, although I have the equipment. But as you said – baby steps. Now I know that I don’t have to force myself to start big (I want to, but I know I’ll be super tired half way through it). I might give myself a try and start hiking first.

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