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5 blog posts I loved this week

I have been reading a number of blog posts this week that spoke to me dearly and I want to share them with you today. I hope these inspire you as much as they inspired me.

A Day for Giving Thanks

Wanderings of an elusive mind shares her view and beautiful pictures about why she is thankful this week (and always). Beautiful post!

Your Dream Director

Maria Shriver’s blog is one of my favorite blogs that I follow and this time she talked to a Dream Director. She asked about his secret of helping dreams come true. His answer: “What’s one thing that you’ve been wanting to start/create/begin but haven’t found the time or space or permission to take the first step on? That’s where it all begins!”

True Self, False Self at Work

Life Coach Marie Wetmore talks about being authentic at work and honoring our true self. This article speaks quite loudly to me as I work on my own personal transformation.

Can I tempt you with any of these unique marathons

A great list of marathons yet to run. One is on my running list (Great Wall Half Marathon), one is on my list of question marks: How would you run the Medoc Marathon? Water stations vs wine stations… I’d be way too tempted…

Be kind to your mind

Relationship Coach Cathie Barash reminds us that we sometimes misunderstand actions and reactions of friends and loved ones because of our own beliefs. Some great insights and advise.

Happy Reading!


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London Marathon – how to get a charity place

As I said in my post yesterday about how not to get a place in the London Marathon, I am not looking for a charity place for the London Marathon, but nonetheless I came across this website yesterday that pairs up runners with charities. (I think fate is tempting me here)

JustGiving recently launched a charity clearing house that matches runners with charities. The web page – find a London Marathon charity place – shows plenty of charities, how many race entries they have left and what the minimum fundraising is to get a London Marathon place through the respective charity.

This is a great idea by JustGiving. I hope they’ll extend on this for other races in the future, but now, all of you who want to get into the London Marathon, go check it out: http://www.justgiving.com/en/marathon-places

Happy Wednesday and Good Luck!


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I am a World Rocker!

Due to the Olympics & Paralympics as well as some minor injuries during the summer, I slacked a little on my running. I will have to run/walk my next half marathon in 2 weeks. The cold this week didn’t help either.

But, nonetheless, I am a World Rocker! And I have the medal to prove it!

To be a World Rocker, you either run a Rock ‘n Roll Marathon/Half Marathon in Europe and one in North America or two in Europe. Running the Rock ‘n Roll half marathon in Edinburgh and the Rock ‘n Roll half marathon in San Diego qualified me for this honor. And I finally received the medal in the mail.

I am going to run one more Rock ‘n Roll half marathon this year, in San Antonio, TX. This should qualify me for the Rock Encore medal.

I am taking the medal collection this year to a new level. 🙂


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A rainy Olympic Women's Marathon

During the first week of the Olympics, the British weather played to its reputation. Rain, wind, occasional sunshine followed by a shower.

So, as we were waiting for the women’s marathon to start we got drenched. Kind of. We were prepared with rain jackets and umbrellas, so we managed to stay somewhat dry. Somewhat. My feet though were wet and cold for the duration of the marathon (2:23:07) and I really was rooting for a world record to get out of the rain and into dry shoes…

We stood close-ish to Westminster and the marathoners raced by 4 times. I am not an elite runner (if you haven’t noticed yet… I missed the Olympic A and B  Standard qualifying times of 2:37 and 2:43 respectively by close to 3 hours… :)), and I hate running loops.

I  hope the elite runners didn’t care too much about the loops. They had to run 4 loops. The first loop was somewhat shorter than the last 3 loops.

It was raining when the race started and the field kept together for the first round as they passed us.

See those two marathoners on the right from the Team Germany marathon team? I wished I had a Team Germany shirt. (I now have one for the next event…).

During the second time the runners raced by, the rain had nearly stopped and the field had resorted itself.

Then – in true British fashion – the sun came out during the third time the marathoners came around. This is 1:32 into the race and we were trying to figure out how fast they were going. Remember, my feet were wet and I was hoping for a world record…

Then the pace car passed by the fourth time. The time on the pace car showed that we were far away from a world record (far away in elite runners’ terms – pretty close for me…).

We were standing near kilometer marker 40 (only 2k to go). At this point the runners had decided on the top 4. The lead group you see here were the top 4 finishers.

The runner in the green jersey is Tiki Gelana from Ethiopia who won the marathon in 2:23:07 which is actually a new Olympic Record! (she did hear me and my wet feet after all…)

I love watching elite marathoners run. All the pain and emotions I go through during my long runs, I also see in elite runners’ faces. The exhaustion, the elation when the finish line is reached, disappointment, too, for not reaching the hoped for time or medal place.

Running is an equalizer. It doesn’t matter if you run fast or slow. The goal is to finish, the emotions are the same. I have seen elite runners smile when they hear their name called out, cheering helps them, too.

One of the last marathoner to come in was Juventina Napoleao from the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste. She finished in 3:05:07. She finished with a personal record and hardly came to London 2012 for a medal, but to live the Olympic dream. I applaud her for that! She is my Olympic Marathon hero!


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I am inspired

What an inspiring weekend!!

There was no time really to blog or even upload any of the many photos I took.

It all started off with watching the Women’s triathlon on Saturday which was great to watch live.

Mo Farrah winning gold in the 10k was my personal highlight. I have been running “with him” in two London 10k this year and last year. “With him” of course meaning he was in the pool of elite athletes nearly finishing the race before I even got started, but still we ran the same race. 🙂 It was so great see him run and win the 10k!

I also loved Jessica Ennis winning gold (even if that meant my home team Germany had to settle for silver). Jessica Ennis as one of the faces for the Olympics has come across in the many interviews she has given over the past year as a truly loveable person and she worked so hard for this moment.

Today, the excitement just kept going. I watched the women’s marathon from the barrier, waited in the rain and was just amazed at the pure strength of the athletes. I did think though that they would be a little faster, but alas Tiki Gelana did run a new Olympic record.

Another great event to watch was the men’s 100 meter final. Usain Bolt did it again. What kind of power was in that 100 meter race? It was mind-blowing to watch. Second fastest 100 meter ever.

One of the London 2012 goals is to create a legacy and inspire young people to take up sports and become the future of the Olympics. I am already inspired! I didn’t know that I would be this captivated and in awe of what’s going on at my doorsteps. But I am loving every minute of it!

Here is to even more inspiration next week!

Happy Olympics!


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Paula Radcliffe out of Olympics…

While I am sorting through my gazillion photos that I took today at the women’s cycling road race, I see in the news that Paula Radcliffe is not going to run the marathon at the Olympics due to a foot injury.

That is disappointing – more for her than for me I am sure. I was so hoping for her to finally have a great Olympic marathon run. It wasn’t in the cards for her.

I will be watching the women’s marathon nevertheless on August 5th and hope it will be a great event!

 


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Tagged! Why I run!

Argh I have been tagged! Only in the blogging sense though, so I (and you)  shouldn’t freak out! No house arrest or anything.

The awesome blogging ladies Lill and Jill – who make me spill coffee all over my keyboard at least once a day – want to know more about me. The idea of blog tagging is 1) to ask a question to a blogger about something relevant to their blog and 2) the fun part: tag other bloggers. 🙂

Lill and Jill asked me 2 questions (is that allowed?), why I started running and what my favorite run in London is.

Why do I run?

I ran track and field while I was in high school. Every run over 400 meters (that’s a lap in the stadium!) I considered an endurance run! I stopped doing track and field when I started college and didn’t take up running again for something like 7/8 years maybe.

About 10 years or so ago (time is blurry…), I had a virus infection that left me exhausted for 6 months. After consulting several doctors, the last one recommended to take up walking outside as part of the healing process. So, I started walking. After the virus passed, I changed the walking to running and then had the CRAZY idea of running a 5k. Can you imagine, running 5km, 5000 meters!! That was a CRAZY distance then. I trained for it, ran it and had the biggest smile on my face for 2 weeks after the race. (The next time I had such a big smile was when I finished a marathon! Talk about CRAZY!!).

After that race I kept running and noticed how it calmed me down, de-stressed me and just made me feel better. So, I figured RUNNING IS CHEAPER THAN THERAPY, so I kept running. Since my first 5k, I run every year for a charity. And there is no better way of combining something you love doing that’s good for you and helps others, too. This year I am running with Team in Training for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in San Diego. If you can, please support my fundraising for LLS.

My favorite run in London?

I love the parks in London. All of them are great for running. My favorite though is Richmond Park. I can see the river Thames from there, see all the way across to St Paul’s Cathedral (there is a protected vista that preserves the view all the way to St Paul’s – it’s 10 miles and created in 1710), see deer and feel like I am in the middle of the countryside.

So, now to my favorite part, tagging others. 🙂

Cat just finished the London Marathon, Congratulations, Cat! My question to you: How long did it take you after the race from “I never ever run a marathon again” until you started planning your next race? (It took me about 7 days after my first marathon…)

Riveroflife just started blogging about life, love, dreams. My question to you: If you could change one thing in your life what would it be?

Amy (a dose of good) has a very positive outlook on life. But seriously, Amy, “a wonderful rainy day”? How do I keep a positive outlook after more than 2 weeks of rain?

Fla midwyfe is a midwife currently living and working in Asia. My question to you: What has been your most touching moment in Asia so far?

Jog on Jules finished her first ever race a few weeks ago and quit smoking! Awesome accomplishments! My question to you: How healthy do you feel? And what do you do with all this new energy?

! Happy weekend!

I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.
~ Jesse Owens