Friday, June 1, 2012

Day 1 : Happy Feet, Troubled Heart, Clear Mind

 Day 1 : 17 Weeks : 1 Day : 00 Hours : 17 Mins: 00 Secs*

Runs end. Running doesn't. - Anonymous

print screen of 39th BMW Berlin Marathon website
It's been a while since I posted here @ Happy Feet in the Netherlands. I've been very busy but also had a terrible case of writer's block due to numerous life factors.

Tonight, to be completely direct, I would rather not blog at all.  But I vowed to myself, that I will keep a daily journal of my marathon odyssey from beginning to end.

So, here I am trying to be an adult, even though I would rather lie down in bed and cry myself to sleep like a child, who does not understand the world and it's complexities. (Edit: link added, Saturday, 3rd of June)

My feet are a happy pair though, even if my heart is terribly aching.

After running a 3.04 kms (in 24.49 minutes) today, I had a wide smile over my puffy eyes because it felt like I did not have a break at all.

I took 11 days off running (after my 10K run in Nijmegen) since I felt persistent pain around my ankles when I walked, and I was scared because even careful jogging felt like I was twisting  my muscles.

Nothing fancy with this watch but it suits it's purpose (timing my runs!), and mijn liefste P gave it to me shortly after finishing my first Run2Day Ladies Damloop, September, 2011

I tried to maintain fitness through long distance biking.  When I am cycling, I did not feel any pain at all.

Biking, I have to say in my case, is also a physical activity, which do not require much motivating to do.  Perhaps because it's  a part of our everyday life,  specially during school weeks; it's for the most part our main means of transportation in the village.

My bike. This picture was originally shared last April @ The Lightness of Being on the Bike

One of the good things, that came out of my short running break is I discovered how much I've improved in biking since we moved in the Netherlands.

I've written this in one of my blogs before: in looking back on my improvement  in the last 2 years of consistent biking, I am encouraged to be patient in improving my speed and all around performance in running. As with everything else we want to achieve in life, consistency, patience, persistence  eventually produces positive results.

an image taken June, 2010, shortly after mijn liefste P bought and assembled the bike for me; I tried it out for the first time, and after 1 km fell off it (this is my first country bike, I had a mountain bike, when we were still living in Germany)- more bike stories @ The Lightness of Being on the Bike

I guess, I can call today a painful (metaphorically and yeah, literally) over-due birth to this marathon daily journal.

It's been more than a couple of days, since my 9-month-runniversary of being a beginner runner - still thinking of celebrating it belatedly (blog to follow!).  I begun running by following an 8 weeks-training program for my first 8K on the 8th of August, and following the training plan, participated in my first ever running event almost three weeks later, Mom in Balance - Run for Pink Ribbon (Sunday, 28th of August, held in Amsterdam Bos).

Mijn liefste P beside shortly after finishing my first ever 5K Mom in Balance- Run for Pink Ribbon NL @ Amsterdam Bos - 28th of August, 2011

If not for the heart-ache of today, I would perhaps not made the effort to "begin" again in every sense of the word with a modest 3 kms run (it felt so good I had to do super-mini interval training), and to blog about the circumstances that surrounded it as honestly as I can.

The longest distance I have thus far ran in my short runner life is 15 kms, and that during my training in December, 2011.

It was in a very stormy evening, as I fought the wind, I tried my best to convince my body I was ready to participate in a 15 kms run I registered myself in for held in Rotterdam.

I missed it due to a very stubborn virus I caught a month before.

Since then (I thought!) I've learned my lessons, I would no longer cry over a "lost" run, nor be disappointed if I don't perform as I would like to.  I also thought after being sidelined from running for weeks during Winter, that I would know better how to balance time for running, the things I have to do to keep fit for it, with every thing else in my life - my family life, my social life, my responsibilities, and my countless interests.

My first run for the year 2012 @ The Vondelparloop, last 15th of January, after missing out on 15K run in Rotterdam.

But everyday I learn, that the lessons to be learned from intergrating running in one's life, is never-ending, even on days I am not running.

Every day as I try to get to know the runner I am becoming, I learn to appreciate and respect the boundaries of my body, and mind.  When I consistently do so, I am amazed how both communicate to me, how strong I am, and can be.

This image was captured by mijn liefste P, last year in October, as I picked up my bib for my first 8K @ the Amsterdam Marathon Expo held at Sporthallen Zuid


I might feel pain in my body, heart and mind, but running shows me clearly, I am strong enough to endure and overcome those pain.

*When I begun writing this post (11:45 pm), I wanted to print the screen of BMW Berlin Marathon website for their countdown, but I got distracted and when I finally came to it, it was beyond midnight. Just a curious fyi for readers, who perhaps like me, look at those kind of details. :)

28 comments:

  1. You are a tough girl,those pains are nothing. You'll get over it just like before.Keep running and enjoy.

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    1. Salamat, sis Tess!

      I am very grateful for all the support and the virtual cheers. :)

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  2. Keep it up, enjoy life and enjoy running.

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  3. One thing I learned in my few hours in Amsterdam in 2003 was that biking is a popular form of transportation and that bit of trivia was something I haven't given much thought until now that I'm into duathlons. Having roads devoted for bikers and the cool temperature there. It must be fun to bike and run there. And yes, running does create character. Crossing a finish line can make a whole world of difference.

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    1. We feel grateful that we can live where we are, Franc. :)

      Although, even before we moved to Holland, I've been determined to be more physically active, to finally have sports, I could call my own particularly biking and running, it is indeed an added treat to be able to do it in Holland. It seems fated. :)

      Keeping your words in mind, which is full of wisdom: running ... create character...

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  4. Congrats to you! I don't have that kind of energy in me e.

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  5. Awwww... ate Joanna! You are an inspiration! I've actually stopped running.. October 2011 was my last run. Since then, I started gaining weight, and then my right knee started to hurt more when I jogged. But it is your kind of determination that makes me want to run again.. Hopefully, I get to again, so that i can take more tips from you & Franc Ramon. :) God bless to you! :)

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    1. Thanks, Mai!

      It would be a complete joy if Franc and I could inspire you to take on running again. I have to say, please consult your doctor about your knee. If you do get a go signal from the doc, begin slow.

      This is what I did. I was at the beginning of running so afraid to twist and break something because it already hurt my body doing only a couple of meters. It surprised me that when I do push through the initial pain (not a nagging alarming pain), then it goes away and is replaced by this feeling of accomplishment and that sensation of truly feeling your own body "communicate" with you.

      I'll be cheering for you when you trust yourself to begin again; I am confident you can and will!

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  6. You really have the passion for running. Keep on running. What is more important is the feeling of being complete when you do something that you love most.

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    1. True, Mavin!

      Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  7. Lovely post! I've always dreamed on traveling the world on wheels - with a bicycle! :)

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    1. Thanks, Rojae! :)

      Ditto! Good luck to us both - dreams are there to be fulfilled.

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  8. I admire your passion for running!!! :) Keep it going, I love reading your posts on this :>

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    1. Thanks, Aileen! Looking forward to reading a blog about your own running adventure(s). :)

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  9. I love to run too!! Keep on running!

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    1. Enjoy! Your blog is a good source of health information, beingwell. It supplements my training regime. :)

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  10. Your passion for running reminds me to find my passion and be passionate about it. :)

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    1. Awww, that's great to know, Kalabasa K. Kamote! :)

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  11. wow i admire your motivation and passion in running :)

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    1. Thanks, Kiko! Hope I can "infect" others with it, like I was by others. :)

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  12. Hmmm ... it did not post nga. Labo. Anyway, what I said was that I have deep admiration for people like you who seem to have the strength and determination to make things like this happen. I'm so lazy kasi haha.

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    1. Awwww, it took me 30 years to even begin the first step, Kathy! lol

      I'm the personification of couch potato, and still amazed that I've done the races I've run, and surprised I am getting faster.

      So, I'll keep cheering, if I can do it, anyone can! :)

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  13. great passion for running.. keep it up.. oh btw.. nice pic of your bike.. love it

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  14. a very good read here, keep on doing what you love..:)

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  15. I know what you mean. For a time I was actively blogging again but as it became a chore, the less appealing it was to me. I still have a lot of personal things to write about but I can't seem to get around to it because I am loving blogging about books in my other blog.

    Wow, i like your bike, can I have it? LOL. I have a bike similar to yours but it's slowly rotting away in the backyard. I have to get it fixed. I want to run too, but I'm a lazy ass. Maybe someday I will, I dream of being a triathlete, I need the discipline to train. :D

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