Thursday, February 23, 2012

Introducing ~ Happy Feet of a Couch Potato (Repost)

This post was originally published at My Daily Mooosings in the Netherlands, last November, 2011.

first day of training

Almost three months ago (8th of August), I started an 8 week training regimen towards running an 8 km goal, which I happily completed last 16th of October 2011 at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam.  Unbelievable that it's only been 3 months since I finally started dedicating time to a childhood dream!

Below is the summary in images of how I - a certified couch potato - became a running junkie!

All the stories of the past three months, each journey of individual runs depicted in the images below, as well as future adventures in running will be told on a blog page, I created to specifically store all the images, impressions, experience of this metamorphoses.
Please, hop on over and check out : "Happy Feet of a Couch Potato"!  Learn how "Dreaming of Paris" is just as fulfilling and empowering as actually going there!

collage of  my first ever 5K run
Medal for the 6.4 km Run2Day Ladies Run in Amsterdam

Good Morning Run Amsterdam
Just after crossing the finish line!

Medal for the 8K run in Amsterdam

Halloween Run Amsterdam

Edit (20.02.12): While Happy Feet of the Couch Potato will be the home of my musings (philosopical thoughts :D) about running, and how I (TRY to!) conquer the battles of daily life, that I may be able to run well, Happy Feet in the Netherlands will document the journey, the challenges, triumph and yeah, occasionally failure of running through the Netherlands, and bringing this happy feet abroad with me to run for pleasure, recreational races, or simply discover different running trails.


  1. wow. that was a great run. makes me wanbt to run again and get my arse up and running, or else I'll end up 'a couch potato'.. again! LOL

  2. Running is really a good exercise. The fun there is actually just a bonus.

  3. I envy you. I'm still recuperating and I'm waiting for the 8-month ban from running to be lifted up.

  4. I really admire a girl like you who runs from the heart :)

  5. Be fit and healthy thru running :) Enjoy every moment!

  6. i admire your dedication and discipline. Wish I could indulge myself in such activity too.

  7. I love to run and joining fun runs but sadly I got no companions. They are all working! huhuhuhu. I admire you Joana not just for your love on running but also for your unconditional love for you family. I would love to meet you in person, pa sign ako ng autograph ha! :)

  8. di na ako nakapag join ng mga running events..

  9. Talk about discipline... Keep up the good work :)

  10. Running is really fun! Especially if you are not a really a runner

  11. Congratulations on finally following your dream. :) You've reminded me that I've got a couple of unrealized childhood dreams myself :)

  12. wow. Good for you!! I'm not really fond of exercise, kaya kahit takbo tinatamad ako. I know ne kelangan ding magpapawis, pero ewan.. ang stubborn ko lang. :p

    I think I need to discipline myself.. Kelangan ko nang istop maging couch potato and go out and run naman..

    Congratulations sa 8K run medal mo. :D


If I can run, so can you: big dreams are reached with baby steps!