Thursday, July 26, 2012

Running, running, running



Let's Get It Started, in here...
And the base keep runnin' runnin', and runnin' runnin', and runnin' runnin', and runnin' runnin', and runnin' runnin', and runnin' runnin', and runnin' runnin', and runnin' runnin', and... ( Let's Get It Started byThe Black-Eyed Peas)

I absolutely love this song of The Black-Eyed Peas, it never fails to get me started when the "procrastination monster" threatens to completely devour me.

It's 9 weeks and 2 days to got to Berlin Marathon; I am definitely very excited and very nervous.

On the blogging front it's been 6 weeks since I published and shared a blog !  My last post @ My Daily Mooosings in the Netherlands was a venting one! a few days after my last post  here, and shared some of the pictures of myself in the running events I've participated in Spring 2012:



Hilversum City Run 2012  22nd of April

Hamburg Marathon Relay 2012 29th of April
Marikenloop 2012  20th of May
Ladiesrun Rotterdam 2012 10th of June
Vechtloop 2012  24th of June
Admittedly, it has been a challenge to keep with my original goal of sharing an organized daily log of my training. 

There are several  scattered documentation of what I have done for my training in the past months - daily pictures taken, posts in Facebook, on my FB page, tweets @ Twitter, scribbles on my notebook etc.. I wrote about my intentions here to do my best to journal about my very first marathon, and this intention is still very strong

As you can probably tell by now, I am determined even if it will be a lot of work, and it will take time to share each day of my running odyssey, most specially my first year as a runner.

Speaking of first year of being a runner, my first runniversary is coming up in exactly two weeks!!!

I honestly can't believe it's only  a year because of the richness of this "running year", I almost feel it's been a longer journey than only 12 months. :)

Looking back at my first goal: run an 8K within the Amsterdam Marathon event, I was terrified  thinking about the day itself!

Not planned during my training, were some of my first memorable runs, I was glad I was able to participate in: my first 5K in Amsterdam Bos (Pink Ribbon NL run organized by Mom in Balance), and my first 4M: Run2Day Ladies Damloop.

In celebration of this first runniversary, I hope to share the joy with a contest to be launched  in the month of August.  So, stay tuned! 

Please, follow me in Facebook via my page:  Paper in Europe , and in Twitter @PaperInEurope for announcements of what and how you can win prizes. :)

A snap shot I took last year, 8th of August @ exactly half-way of an 8 km walk (brought Littlest with me as my companion!).  It was the first day of my training; the goal of the day was mainly to have a mental ceremony for me, to show myself, if I can walk 8 kilometers strongly, with consistent training within an 8 week period, I'll be able to run it strongly as well. And I did! :)
8K run 16th of October, 2011 within the Amsterdam Marathon event.

After crossing the finish line of my first
8K run 16th of October, 2011 within the Amsterdam Marathon event

Medal for the
8K run 16th of October, 2011 within the Amsterdam Marathon event

39 comments:

  1. Happy Runniversary!!! Good luck on full mary preparations.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, bro! :)

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    2. How's the full mary preps ongoing? You're gonna do well I'm sure.

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    3. Thanks for trying to keep up to date with the training bro!

      I'm going to join the gym to get reinforcement. Honestly, I am fighting fatigue at the moment. Perhaps things will be better when the girls are in Germany, I can focus more to get my rhythm back.

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  2. running running running is exhausting but it's a lot of fun, so keep running.Advanced happy anniversary ,waiting for your house and lot giveaway in Netherlands, ahahah!

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    1. hahahaha, sis Tess, I'm actually watching out that FBW does the house and lot giveaway!!! :)

      Yes, I have to say the first year has brought a lot of added fun not only in my life but in my family's life.

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  3. sis the song was perfused to you, I wish I had an endurance like you

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    1. Thanks, Chris!

      Like I wrote to Franc, I am also constantly working on building up endurance - it is a continuous challenge, sis.

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  4. I'm very enjoyed listening your music,,,while I'm write my comments here,,and I just want to congratulate you...

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  5. hope i could do this continuously in the future!! you look great!! Ive started running this year and getting there. xx

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    1. Awww, keep it up MaryJane! Running is definitely a challenge but truly rewarding if you are patient and persistent. :)

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  6. I'd like to start running, but have a hard time here in Saudi Arabia because of the hot weather. So we just do it indoors using treadmill.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Archie!

      Kudos to using alternative ways to pursue running. I myself might start in a gym to overcome some running hindrances, such as weather and family commitments.

      Sometimes you just have to be creative to pursue what's good for you!

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  7. I need to tell this to my sister, she has gained a lot of weight when she began living in Netherlands. Running is a very good exercise to keep ourselves fit.

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    1. Hope your sister can find a sport activity that will help her keep fit, Gigi!

      :)

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  8. Happy Runniversary! Soon, I'll be running too, I'm trying my best to squeeze it on my free time. Every time I read your posts about running, it always remind me to make it happen as soon as possible. Hehehe... <3

    Now I'm singing "Let's Get It Started In Here"... LOL

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    1. AWww, I'll cheer for you, Cheska! Every effort is a commendable step towards health! :)

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  9. I love this beat. Anyway, just finished my 5k today! Weeee!!

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    1. Congratulations on finishing your 5K, Rizza! Go you, girl! :)

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  10. weeee... i try running this 18K kung kakayanin ba.. hehehe

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  11. You have the GOAL
    You have the DETERMINATION
    You will definitely
    reach the FINISH line
    of SUCCESS...
    Good Luck on your RUNS
    and be safe always.

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    1. Thanks for the empowering words, Marri!

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  12. Keep on running. Keep on having fun.

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  13. i just started this hobby too.. nice post

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  14. Your stamina really works for you. More power to your running, running, running hobby. It could really energize you and perk you up as a healthy, stay-fit individual.

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  15. good luck and continue to have fun. my brother runs daily and I did one 5 K milo marathon just to see if this sport was for me. Unfortunately, I am more of a couch potato (internet instead of TV) rather than a runner.

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    1. Awww, thank you merlmd!

      I respect that you tried to see if running was for you! Not everyone can say they run a 5K. Perhaps another physical activity, such as swimming?

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  16. nice post and i love that medal.. keep running and have fun! :)

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  17. Really healthy and keep us going. I am more of walking... Not because I cannot run hahaha but I was advised running is not good for me since I have this backbone problem. But it won't stop me from doing something healthy...Go girl !!!

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  18. Oh, I stopped running because of the rainy season here in PHL.

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