Sunday, March 25, 2012

Fresh Impressions of My First Zandvoort Circuit Run

Since Happy Feet in the Netherlands is still a relatively new blog baby for me, I'm still in the process of streamlining how I can make it more efficient to blog running experiences on the same timeline it happened.  At least on the same day if not right after it happened.

The first year would be a lot of experimentation until I get the perfect, or at the very least an ideal recipe for leading a balance life: juggling family life, with my many passions, of which blogging and running are big parts of.

Today, I participated for the first time in Runner's World Zandvoort Circuit Run. Tonight, I'll share my first impressions on my experience, and next time I'll be writing details of the unforgettable event itself.

It is easier for me to write when I think of who I am writing for, and in this case it's the same.  This post was first published on my FB for my family, friends, fellow bloggers and running buddies:

What an amazing day! :)

Today’s run earned me a PR in a 5K; my running time has improved by 8 minutes! It does not sound much but every single minute for a runner i.e. for beginner runners are monumental – at least for me, I consider each single minute I am faster as being wonderful! How can I share my joy to you, that you can feel this over-flowing happiness for what seems like a simple achievement?!

The only way I can is as usual through an image, that captured the essence of the joy, a quote I meditate on to relish a personal fulfillment, and these thoughts I now write.

While looking for an inspiring quote to go along my
Runner's World Zandvoort Circuit Run 2012 collage , I stumbled upon this one:

When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.
-Wayne Dyer

I dare say, it can also be applied to running.

This is the best running event I’ve ever participated in not only because my entire family was all healthy enough to come along, all in good spirits, & all there with cheers and proud smiles to support me. It was not only because it was such a lovely Spring weather, and the music & the athmosphere along the course was celebratory. It was also because after over half a year of running, I truly felt one with running. 

Yes, I dreamt about running as being something I could call my own for a very long time, and when I finally did start, it opened so many worlds for me, I never expected would. I began with running as I neared a milestone in my life : turning 40. No expectations whatsoever, not even 5 years plan, like I tend to do with so many life endevours. It was plain and simple: JUST DO IT now OR I might never ever begin.

Along the way, I was confronted with my own personal demons, thinking I am not good enough, not strong enough, not disciplined enough, not focused enough, and the list went on and on and on.

Running is a personal adventure, an odyssey to your-self, a discovered self. Once you commit yourself to taking on the challenge, and give it your very best, consistently, you will experience, just like with anything you do in life - you’ll receive what you give.

This is how I experienced today. A magnificently rewarding day, that made me feel I AM a good runner, a strong runner, a disciplined & focused runner.

I dreamed of running; I finally run; I worked hard at it. I learned from my mistakes, I forged on, & focused on my motivations.

If I can do it, anyone can. :)


  1. I wish I can join runs as well. They seem to be a very nice way to be fit and the same time, meet interesting people. =)

  2. Running seems to be very much in vogue these days judging by the number and frequency of runs being held in Manila. It looks like it's also popular abroad. :)

    Good for you finishing 5K! I can do it walking but not running... my sides tend to hurt after a short while. :)

  3. Inspiring quote indeed! Keep your passion in running.

  4. You are so inspiring sis Jo! :) I still haven't joined any fun runs in our area, but I really hope I get to try it really soon. I used to be a track and field player back in grade school, but I've already lost the patience and determination to run and experience some inconvenience with running. But whenever I read your blog posts on running, I feel motivated.. :) Thank you!

  5. Well done! I wanted to join fun run too but so far always manage to make an alibi not to do so! My bad! But I know I have to lose weight..

  6. i still haven't join fun run. I wish I'm fit enough to run. droppin by from momsicleonline

  7. wow! congrats sis! i wish i can do this least jogging fpr fitness. LOL


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