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Can’t stop, won’t stop

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After my marathon prep got messed up in 2015, I decided to give up (half) marathons. As I’m getting older and my body is aching much quicker than it used to. I decided it was the smartest thing to do…

But the heart wants, what it wants. Ain’t no arguing with that.

It all started when a friend asked if I wanted to run a half marathon with her. No, I don’t do that anymore!  You know that… The momend I said that, I felt a doubtful feeling coming up. Was I really done with that?

A few weeks later I saw a contest and the big prize was entry and stay at the first half marathon of Disneyland Paris. I really wanted to win. So I did everything I could to win. Unfortunately I didn’t win. But at that moment there was no going back anymore. I HAD to run another half, and I had to run that one!

Luckily my dear running friend wanted to go too. When the entry tickets officially went on sale, we already were too late. Oh nooooo! We really wanted to go! Now what? Because we never quit, we found another way to get our tickets. So, we got in!

Now all we have to do is to keep healthy, injury free and train our asses off! I just can’t wait ro run with Donald, Pluto, Minnie and all the others!

 

 

Some goals, recovery almost done

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Oh crap. I didn’t realize that my last post was from October. Oops. But ya know, work, study, training, more work, more study, a lot of study. I don’t like Newyears’ resolutions, but I really hope to write more often than I did in 2015.

Update so far: My back feels much better, still not 100%, but I’m happy. I can lift properly 60% to 70%. Though I have to keep listening to my body really carefully. If it hurts a tiny bit or just doesn’t feel good, don’t do it. It’s easier said than done, but I’m still learning. I’m human. 😉

If everything goes well, I will compete in a ladies weightlifting meet, it will be my first ever. I never did competitions or races when I was younger, so I will be really nervous. If you have some good tips, please share them with me.

Second I found my runners mojo again! Can you imagine how excited I am about that? Last year August I kind of lost the joy in running and I really wanted to quit running. I was done with it. After all I decided to just keep running bit by bit. SmalI runs, short runs. I hated them, I really did. But after a million ( it felt that way) I started to enjoy running again. Still not there, but I’m getting there.

I still have to keep doing my hip and knee exercises, but that’s okay. And I was thinking maybe I should do another half marathon this year. What would be more awesome than to run Disney Paris half? Today I decided this is good running goal for me. Donald Duck, here I come!

Do you have any goals for 2016? I’m curious, please tell me.

No goals, just recovery

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About five weeks ago I hurt my back again. During my one and only holiday this year. I’m not kidding. Despite my back problems, getting a cold and the rainy weather I really enjoyed my holiday. It felt like holiday, it just felt good. Sea, beach, surfing, yoga, good food, fine wine. I couldn’t wish for more. Well, maybe a bit more sun.

I went to South France in my brand new car with a couple of people I’ve never met before. Kinda scary, but good scary. Sometimes you have to get out of your comfortzone to do really amazing things. Maybe I’ll tell you more about my holiday in an other post.

This year I got injured twice. Not by doing crossfit or what so ever. I noticed, when I wasn’t in my regular training routine, my injuries seem te happen. Lesson learned; no matter how busy, always try to keep my training regime in order.

My goals for the rest of 2015, getting in my old good shape with running and crossfit. First won’t be easy though. Me and running haven’t always been friendly and I still haven’t found my running mojo again. This week I started with doing really short runst, trying get my mojo back.

With weightlifting and crossfit I have to listen to my body really carefully and slowly make it heavier. I also need to add a lot of mobility work for my squat position and the shoulders. And just practice and practice. All I want is to get strong and painfree again. For 2016 more strength and skills and maybe triple unders… No way… LOL

Ps. I’m sorry I’ve been away for so long. But life kinda happened you know.

New Year’s Eve – #1 Oslo Diary

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New Year’s Eve? Well, that is when I did something really crazy. No, there was no drinking involved!

Around 11 pm at New Year’s Eve I signed up for my very very first marathon! And the second after I hit the enter-button it scared the shit out of me. What did I do? I signed up voluntarely to run 26.2 miles or 42.2 kilometres. After my two half marathons I always said, that I never ever would run a marathon. That is what I said after my first half and my second half marathon.

Why the hell did I sign up? That’s a very good question. I’m not sure if I know the answer myself, besides the fact if I’m physically capable of running 26 miles. During both of my half marathons everything started to hurt after 12 kilometers, luckily there were only 9 kilometres left. But with a marathon that would be 30 (!!!!!!) kilometres. Do you see the difference? That worries me most. 30 kilometres of pain and hurt. I just don’t know if I can do that. And if my body can handle a marathon training schedule. I don’t know either.

Besides that, I have asthma and even with two kinds of medicines it still holds me back. My lungs are dying when I push myself real hard with running or CrossFit. Judged on the facts it is almost doomed to fail.

But that day before New Year’s Eve it came up a couple of times with several people. It kept lingering around in my head the entire day, the entire evening. I started thinking; what if…? I checked on Google what would be a nice marathon to run. Before I knew it, I was browsing on the Nordic site of Oslo marathon ( I’ve never been to Norway, so this seemed a good reason to go there). I consulted my best friend on the phone, What should I do?. He said; Just do it! If you set your mind to something, it will be done! No matter how you get it done, but you do it. So just do it!

But I still doubted myself so much. Pain & asthma, my two enemies. I’m afraid of them, all the time.

Then it hit me. The only way to know if I can run 42 kilometres, is to train for it and to run it. And the need to know, was suddenly growing bigger and bigger. So at 11 pm I signed up for my first marathon! Save the date: 19th September 2015. 248 days and 15 hours to go.

It won’t be easy, it will be hard and painful, there will be times I wish I never signed up, but I just need to know if I can do it! Hope you bear with me and support me. Help me push through and cheer for me if I cross that finish line. I will keep you posted on my marathon journey.

Oslo here I come!