|Keep Calm and Count to 10|
courtesy of Google images
“Anxiety's like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you very far.”
― Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home
“Sometimes life knocks you on your ass... get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems, it's the ability to deal with them.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
Currently, I am addicted to surfing Spotify for cathartic music. Tonight, I stumbled upon Be OK by Ingrid Michaelson. I think the first time I heard it is from a commercial on Dutch TV. Love the album cover:
|courtesy of Google images|
I'm using it as a personal motivating poster this week.
Despite my toe problem, tomorrow I'll attempt to run a slow 10K, and build up carefully to my next long distance run for Sunday.
Three weeks ago, I run a successful slow 26K in blistering July.
This knowledge has been helping me these past weeks to come to terms with my decision of resting and reducing mileage until the shooting pain I feel no longer causes me to cramp, when I walk.
It's true based from experience, and from what I've read about marathon training, that long distance runs does not only help your body prepare but gives your psyche confidence.
Speaking of confidence, I need to make sure I maintain my supply, and thinking of ways to do that, I came up with many ideas both creative and practical ones.
I thought I will be experimenting the last few weeks of August with some of those creative ideas here, and the practical ones, I'll be sharing @ My Daily Mooosings in the Netherlands later on the week.
As I've mentioned before, blogging helps me a lot when I struggle with myself; it serves as a way to give me better perspectives, when life gets hectic, and undeniably a great creative outlet.
I know, I've said it countless times, but I'll say it once again: I should blog more, and with regularity!
An idea I've applied and worked in the past, that put these good intentions into practice is doing a series of themed blogs.
Since my next run (hopefully tomorrow!) is a 10K, I thought I'll write my top 10 Highs of Being a Runner for 2 years! I'm naming this series tentatively Tuesday 10. :)
10. Finished: 3 marathons in my first 2 years of running!
|Berlin Marathon & Amsterdam Marathon 2012 medals|
|around kilometer 30-35 in Berlin Marathon 2012 course|
|Amsterdam Marathon 2012|
|at home - beaming with my back to back blings!|
|On the way back to the Netherlands, at a gasoline station, I took a picture for posterity: my giddy self, that want to shout out loud, : "I |
finished Paris Marathon"despite the odds!!!
|Paris Marathon 2013 |
Arc de Triomphe
(comparing 2 races, that were 2 years apart)
- speed from 6,67 km/hr to 10,04 km/hr
- pace from 8:59 min/km to 5:58 min/km -
(comparing a 5K race pace see photo above, to a 5K training pace see photo below of my Nike Stats)
8. Recorded: 100 runs on my Nike+ Sportswatch.
7. Met: Churandy Martina! Being in the presence of an inspiring Olympian is amazing and electric. :)
6. Nike Poster Girl: with my sole sisters for a whole day in Amsterdam!
- on a racing track - 5K Runner's World Zandvoort Circuit Run 2012
- on the beach - Egmond Half Marathon 2013
- barefoot - (training) 16K in Wijk aan Zee
3. Cheered: by our girls! They are the best moral supporters, I could ever wish for.
2. Changed: physically and mentally. :)
1. Completed: my first 5K!