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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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!ย 

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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!! ๐Ÿ˜€ 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!! ๐Ÿ˜€

PEACE & LOVE!!

 

First done, 11 to go…

Last week started with a notion of need to do 40,23km, I felt still exhausted from December but the pain in my legs was moving away, so I attacked the week but noticed pretty quickly that it might be just too much for my body. Because I ran everyday in December the Nike Running Coach calculated that I should just do the advanced training plan, which meant running pretty much 6 days a week for 12 weeks. And after only one week my body said no way! The pain in my calf and ankle came back and I was worried that I might injure myself and would put my Half in jeopardy. Not the best end for your first training week… So today I had to have heart to heart with myself and realize that not pushing too hard does not make me a loser, but a smarter listener of my body and through that better runner, for sure! So I changed my training plan to an easier one and will be able to have something else in my mind than only running. I was also worried that my way of love for running will suffer with the pressure that I was putting on myself.

So here’s my first week in photos and some comments:

Monday

This was my run of 2014, first training day, first day to run back in Hannover in the flatland after those hills back in Finland. Relaxed 4,8km to run, so I took my dog with me and off we went. Nice, calm rain run, nothing special. Was definitely careful and listening my legs after weird pain, but thank god nothing special.

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Tuesday

Had 8,05km to run and for some reason was pushing it super late, so I had to run in the darkness… Conquering a small part of my fear of the dark, so some benefits there! Felt pretty good, some serious speed growth, which always surprises me. I think I’m used to be little “slower” than others, and kind of am totally okay with it, but then when I’m the one who is running faster I get all confused haha!

Wednesday

Another 8,05km to run with some speed training, in the form of Fartlek (it means you run certain period of time faster than your easy pace, then some in even faster and then back to easy pace, and again). I seriously thought that I would die or that my legs would fall off, but they are still there, so I guess all is good. I remember thinking while pushing myself that I can’t do this and then kind of slapping myself on my wrist and saying that shut up, you should be proud of what you do! I am so proud that I’m this far after a year. I think it’s pretty cool that I’m training for my first official Half Marathon! That is Cool! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thursday

I felt so blaah, my legs hurt and I was exhausted! But good for me, it was a restday. Walk with the dog and some serious foamrolling, that hurt like hell!

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6,44km to run. I did it late evening with my dog, rain run again but my dog always makes me remember to enjoy what I’m doing. Definitely felt the runs in my legs and just felt that all is not good. Did it anyway and that is super important to me!

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Saturday

First long run of my training. Usually 12,9km don’t feel too bad but this time it felt partly like it’s never going to end, pain in my legs and huge rainstorm. In the middle of my run I stopped and just stood in the rain and thought to myself that how lucky am I! Even if it hurts, I’m doing this because I decided and I’m pretty kick ass because of that! And sunday was going to be a restday ;).

Sunday

RESTDAY! Went for a long walk in the forest with a friend and the doggy. It was exactly what I needed, legs felt little painful but better. In the evening I was watching the 49ers game and stretching and foamrolling, little icing too.

All together the week was, again, kind of educational but amazing. So now with fresh mind to the new training week with new training plan. Though little guilty mind from not running today but spending it resting my legs and doing some core work. Have to get rid of that stupid guilt!! PMA is the thing here!! ๐Ÿ™‚