Tuesday, September 30, 2014

So long #SuperSeptember!

Happiness Collage 
of the day
to end September

If you can't wait :) and would like to see the content of the boxes - scroll at the end of the blogpost!

Before I say my farewell to September. . . . . . .

First of all a, "Hello!"

I hope to get to know you more, and support you in your pursuit to realise your dreams & goals, as much as you support me in my personal pursuits.

Opening my private instagram to public recently, signalled for me personally my comeback to actively interacting again with the running world, and it's diverse and awesome communities everywhere.

If you've been following me since 2006 as a blogger, you knew me before I became a runner.

It was a period, that I used writing/blogging as creative therapy.

In January, 2011 after blogging anonymously for 5 years, I finally began public blogging
@My Daily Mooosings in the Netherlands
Photo was taken in May, 2011
3 months later I began with running!

Blogging gave me the courage to finally pursue what others might view as impossible dreams.

Berlin Marathon 2012
A year after I begun running!

For those who have connected with me since August, 2011, you knew of how I worked to fulfill my dream of running back to back marathons in my 40's.

a few (200) meters towards the finish line...

from left to right
Berlin Marathon Summer 2012
Paris Marathon Spring 2013
Luxembourg (Half-Marathon) Summer 2013/2014
(in 2014 I became one of the face of this marathon :) )

You have witnessed, read, cheered & supported me through my highs & lows.

As a runner with bipolar disorder I am constantly on a rollercoaster of highs & lows.

I am proud to say, I never gave up and will never give up!  Running only strengthened my fighting spirit.

Running from January to August 2014

 #TheStoryofSlow is something I fully embraced, specially after my great experiences this September.

#TheStoryofSlow in few short words is about not being bothered how long it takes you to fulfill what you are after in life: goals, dreams, etc.

You, yourself have the freedom, the right to dictate: your life's pace,  your life's style, it's content & what ultimately gives it quality.

After a difficult early Summer this year, I vowed September would be Super!

I knew for it to be truly SUPER, I had to let a lot of things go, which were constantly blocking me.

I've learned the lesson of letting go a long time ago.

BUT  what I learned recently,  you have to keep practicing the art of letting go because like many things in life you can't make letting go perfect but you can improve it by each attempt.

Doubts will come ALL THE TIME; it starts with whether you should trust how you live life; you will always have a niggling doubt on how you literally & figuratively run your life.

After the
Nike Training Club live class
@ Carré, Amsterdam
22nd September, 2014

As long as you are doing things to improve yourself, and help/support others on their path to improving themselves, you can shove those doubts, fears & all negative vibes away!

NTC live class in
@ Carré, Amsterdam

with power house Lars Schuijling (Nike Master Trainer)
awesome Carlijn #crewTheMermaidClub
lovely Demi blogger behind Free Runners

photo courtesy  of 
Carlijn/taken by her beautiful sister Elles

photo credits: Meeùs Run Club 
@ Posbankloop
my first (6 K) participation in this event
28th of September, 2014

In the month of September, besides embracing #TheStoryofSlow in my life, I embraced the rewards that participating has constantly been giving me.

with Carlijn #crewTheMermaidClub

 NTC live class in
@ Carré, Amsterdam
the culmination of

photo credits:

I am no longer giving energy to those who question whether I deserve what I get.

I may not run amazing times but I run with amazing enthusiasm. I may not have (yet!) a toned body but I am not giving up on working towards keeping my body healthy & strong.

photo credits: Meeùs Run Club 
@ Dam tot Damloop
my 3rd Damloop!
10M 21st of September, 2014
4 miles in 2011
10 miles in 2012
won a bib in 2013 but had to skip due to my injury

Besides sponsored runs this month & VIP running clinics, I received rewards in kind.

What did I do to have had the privilege of experiencing and receiving these rewards?  I broke through the bounderies my bipolar disorder places in front of me all the time, and overcome personal limitations I put on myself.

photo credits: Meeùs Run Club 
VIP running clinic with the club's Ambassador
Erben Wennemars
@ AV Sprint, Breda

15th of September, 2014

photo credits: Meeùs Run Club 
There is still a blog coming up this week
about this training evening for the Breda Singelloop,
which I will run for the second time in a row this coming
Sunday (5th of October)

I showed up; I participated; I did my best; I kept moving (forward) - 42 years as an individual, 3 years as a runner.

Perhaps many will view all the rewards I have received as marketing machinery but I view it as machinery of magic motivation!

Met new friends @NTC live class in
@ Carré, Amsterdam

ALL power house ladies who are all inspiring and motivating with their energy & positive spirits!

From left to right
Marleen who represented #crewGlowMagNL and is a crew member of #HALFCRAZYRUNNERS
Carlijn #crewTheMermaidClub
Natasja  who was also a crew member of #crewGlowMagNL
photo courtesy   of:
Demi blogger behind Free Runners, also was a crew member  of #crewGlowMagNL 

Hope you end September in a happy spirit!

My Motivation Outfit from Nike!
30th of September, 2014

All crews on the Top 5 of the NTC leader board of  #ChaseSummerChallenge were invited to the                                                           

                                   Nike Training Club live class
as a reward for the active Summer &
accepting the invitation for an energetic work-out 
in an amazing location
we were all given these cool Nike work-out gear!

photo courtesy   of:
who was a crew member

1 comment:

  1. I love this Joanna!!! Way to end September on a positive note! I would definitely call you a very happy & enthusiastic runner! Almost every pic I see of you running, you're SMILING, which is pure awesomeness. Keep it up!


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