Berlin Half – My First Half

 

Where to begin… Honestly one of the best times of my life, if not the best. So overwhelming and awesome. Body and mind were not ready for all what was coming :).

I had been waiting for this race for more than half a year and obviously the anticipation was growing as I went on closer to the race. Meeting almost all of the people for the first time, even some of my running heroes. After my birthday long run, I wasn’t nervous about the race, I knew that I can do it and I trusted that. But all the people, wow! I was also nervous because I was a solodolo, I didn’t represent any crews or anything. To be honest my deepest fear was that I would be running the race alone… I know it sounds funny but I felt that. To my happiness and relief, we decided with a friend from Manchester to run it together. I knew some people before the event so I felt little calmer.

The weekend was full of pure happiness, laughter, dancing, new amazing people, old friends that I saw for the first time and finally a crew I can say is my family/home/mine.

Rich, Me, Dani and Chippy in the front, waiting for the race to start!

So the race! It was super hot, the weather was so amazing but just crazy hot! Thank god I took shorts with me, because otherwise I would have melted haha. I was running with my friends, Rich, Chippy and Dani. We started together and me and Rich took it all the way to the end together, hand in hand and all :). By the 2k it was so warm that first of us girls was ripping her shirt off, then the second and then I was having this serious inner battle of taking my shirt off, because my insecurity area is my belly… For good maybe 5-10 minutes I was battling and then said to myself that “stop that you look good!” and ripped my shirt off! Though I couldn’t believe it but yeah, I did it! πŸ˜€

We had nice pace, nothing crazy, and all the way to maybe 18 kilometers it was okay, but then my legs just got tired. I didn’t want to quit or walk but they were tired. But I pushed through with this mantra in my head saying “You got this!” all the way to the end!Β 

I am so happy to have ran this race with my friend, brother, crew member, Rich! We decided to run this race together as it was our first. We never left each other, kept pushing and making sure that we are okay. He took care of me when I (probably) looked tired as **** and I did the same. I am truly blessed to have him as friend, he’s the Bombzzzz!! Love you!! You rock big time! πŸ™‚

No crying on the finish line… which was real surprise for me but the moment I heard my boyfriends voice on the phone the tears just shot out of my eyes!! πŸ˜€ That’s how it goes sometimes.

I had a little stumble on my raceday road… I got an heatstroke from that superb weather and had to let the after party to others and sleep my nausea away. Bummed but I knew that there will be new partys, so not too much disappointment there.

Serious proof! Boom!

The most amazing thing for me was to have a crew where I was taken in. I am so proud and honored to rep Still Waters Run Deep Manchester now and also to run my first half in their “colors”. The fact that my closest and dearest friends are the founders and members makes it all the better! I might be living in Germany but I know that my family has my back and this is huge for me, as I have been dreaming of being a part of a running crew since the day I started (almost).

My SWRD brothers!

My SWRD brothers!

I had the most amazing day and a half with my friends before I left Berlin. I have never been happier to call some people my friends. Blessed, that’s how I feel.

The Clique

My Clique

This past long weekend has given me so much, taking all the sweat I had in me, opened my eyes to so many thing but also made little sad. Sad mostly because I will miss a lot of people, until we see again.

But also because it’s eye opening to see how some people act and forget to leave their egos at home. There will always be people who aren’t like you thought they will be, and obviously that is disappointing. I think it’s good for us all to remind ourselves that we do this because we love running, not because we are better/cooler/whatever than others. We are the same, our passion might be different. Let’s remember that we come from so many different situations and places and we need to be open to difference, we are the same and still different and that is a great thing!

Running alone is pretty great, but when you can share it, it’s just awesome. How nice it is to see your friends smile next to you, knowing that if it gets hard they are there for you! Pure LOVE!

Thank you to all you who gave me the best time ever, thank you to all the new people I got the opportunity to meet, thank you to my awesome roommates, my northern brothers, my Big Brother for life, and last but definitely not least, thank you BEYONCE!! πŸ˜€

PEACE & LOVE!!

 

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