Thursday, May 9, 2013

(New) Beginnings in Spring!

Monday, 6th of May: first run in a pair of shorts this year!
"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."

Yes, this blogger is still blogging! And yes, my Happy Feet are still running! :)

It's been crazy, the past 5 months.  When I planned the personal challenge #TRIOfor2013 (running three marathons in a year), I was fully aware that it was going to be a huge challenge.

A huge challenge not only for me alone but for my partner & family, whose support I absolutely can't do without.

My #TRIOfor2013 (running 3 marathons in the span of a year): Paris (Spring), Luxembourg & Berlin (Summer)

Paris Marathon Finisher! 7th of April, 2013

What I did not take in consideration in the year prior to 2013, literally the beginning of the last day of 2012 would end so dramatically, that my family &  I are still recovering from it's aftermath.

For those who just stumbled upon this blog, you can read an update about the dramatic end of the year for our family @My Daily Mooosings in the Netherlands latest post: Welcome (To Our) Home.

A day after Valentine's Day 2013, we received the keys to the new house.

I think it is only now, that I realised I demanded too much from myself, as a way of dealing with the stress of what happened.

Egmond Half - a memorable first. Motto: Be there to finish!
Groet uit Schoorl 2013 - my first "lost"/"pseudo-finished" unfinished run - I'll be back next year!

CPC Loop Den Haag 2013 - my first half-marathon in the Hague! Rewarded with a PR!

Last week, the first week of our girls May school break, I sank in deep depression, something I have not experienced for quiet a long time. 

At that point I had to admit, that as much as I was striving to simplify life, I was still following a lot of past destructive behaviour patterns.  Luckily, at this point in my life, I take two steps forward, and only take one step back.  As opposed to the other way around.  This should be something to be proud of I tell myself.

There is strength in being aware of negative patterns, acknowledging them, and having the ability to move on.

And so I do. So I live.

With the help of my family, friends, the running community, my goals, and yes,blogging.

Indeed, as simple as this medium is, it helps a lot.

Next  goal: Luxembourg Marathon, 8th of June 2013