Things you need to know when signing up for the Berlin Marathon 2020 Lottery

IF YOU WERE LOOKING FOR A SIGN ON WHETHER OR NOT YOU SHOULD SIGN UP WELL HERE IT IS! GO DO IT AND SIGN UP! It’ll be FUN no matter what!

I was successful on my first attempt to get a place to run the Berlin Marathon 2019. Although there are no secret ways or magic paths to get a place I believe that the percentage of you getting in to this marathon is much higher than all the other world majors. It was an amazing experience and I totally advice anyone to experience it! I think this was my favorite Marathon, thus far. I’ve only done two; Berlin marathon & Chicago marathon. I love Berlin Marathon because every corner you turn there’s a history that needs to be notice and the crowd was amazing even in the pouring rain! BUT that is just me personally.

The Registration deadline to enter the drawing process is on the 31st of October at 12pm central time. Although I am not signing up myself, I do encourage you do so! It’s really fun! Here are some things to keep in mind when registering for this event:

  1. Signing up for the lottery is free but as soon as you are picked in the lottery the registration fee will be taken out automatically. If you do get pick and they take out the fee; you’ll be able to defer it but you won’t get your money back. This is after you get picked!
  2. You can sign up now and if you decide that you don’t want to participate in the lottery anymore you may send the BMW Marathon representative an e-mail to take you out of the list. Be sure to do this before the drawing in November 27. I’ve only seen this information in a Facebook post and not have tried it myself but if you do change your mind, don’t wait too long contact them right away. Just don’t change your mind!
  3. When I signed up I was given an option to either get a poncho or an event bag. I personally chose the poncho but I’m still on the defense on whether or not I picked the right thing. I mean I will have no other chance to use the poncho & I will probably not be using the bag either. The only thing is when I got my Bib it was so sad to not get a bag while everyone else was getting one. I didn’t have a place for my Bib and I didn’t get the poncho until after the race. I think choosing either one has it’s perks. I wish there was an option to have both.
  4. At sign up, I was given an option to either sign up for extras; like a special sign up package! I highly advice to keep a note on what is included in that package; if you do decide you’d like that too. Just keep a note of what options you selected. I signed up for the massage; honestly; it was an awkward massage. lol It was basically an open room of people getting massages; no privacy what so ever. If you’re ok with that then why not but It might be better if you can schedule one outside of the event.
  5. Join a Facebook Group after signing up or even if you don’t sign up! It’s nice to be in a group of like minded people. Also a great way to keep yourself updated to whatever is going on in the event. Facebook groups are a good way to gather information or if there is something a bit confusing there are so many people on there that have done it multiple times that they know the event so well. I found a document on one of the FB Groups I was in that had the list of buildings and parks that you pass by during the event; complete with their history and why they were something to look forward to! So check them out!
  6. If you can swing it, just go ahead and include all the event shirts and jacket, etc. in your registration. It was so nice to know that I didn’t need to line up during the expo to pay for them. I was able to just go and pick up my shirts and jacket! If you’re wondering how sizing was; they are a bit bigger (at least for this years event they were; I don’t think it would be different sizing next year to be honest). I got an extra small shirt at the Adidas store for the event shirt and it was a perfect fit for me and I usually wear a small. I also read on one of the Facebook Group that the fit was bigger than usual. I love the shirts and the jacket!

That’s about all I can remember. If you have any questions in mind just let me know! Leave a comment and I’ll try to answer as best as I can.

IF YOU WERE LOOKING FOR A SIGN ON WHETHER OR NOT YOU SHOULD SIGN UP WELL HERE IT IS! GO DO IT AND SIGN UP! It’ll be FUN no matter what!

Danke!

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Oops, I did it, again! I ran! – 8.12.2019

img_4366I felt rejuvenated from today’s run and felt the urged to post about it.

I’ve been having so much struggle with my training for the last couple of weeks but today’s run made me feel a bit victorious, to say the least. I do encourage you all to remember your fellow runners during this time of training. The HEAT is extremely vicious this year and training has been more and more challenging. Check on your running friends and make sure they are hydrating and are high in spirits!

I learned a lot this week. I was disheartened to tell you the truth. I wanted to quit or told myself that this is the last time I’m ever going to put myself through Marathon training. I wanted to cry. I wanted to give up. I wanted to tell the world “I can’t do this anymore.” Thankfully, the next day wasn’t so bad and then this one today was pretty nice too. I can be a bit dramatic about things from time to time.

So for those who are low in spirit; don’t give up just yet! Take some rest days, have adequate sleep and start over. The days will get brighter!

Have a nice day everyone!

#HappyRunning!

-Pia

IG: @piawiaventures

My Favorite Running Mantras – Vol. 1

Your mental state is very important when it comes to running. Besides all the physical training you put your body through you also have to train your mind to be mentally strong. So I always add mental strengthening in my training which led me to a bunch of running mantras that I read before a race. Here are some of them:

  1. Fall in love with the journey and every mile will be a magical one.
  2. If you quit now….. you’ll end up right where you first began and when you first began, you were desperate to be where you are right now. KEEP GOING!
  3. Pain is just weakness leaving the body.
  4. Run the mile you are in.
  5. You gotta make you the reason you’re doing these amazing things.
  6. Surround yourself with people that will get you there!
  7. What if I can fulfill something no one thought I could?
  8. There’s a winner inside of you.
  9. Never let your weakness destroy your greatness.
  10. Everything you need is inside you!
  11. Start telling yourself the right story: I will get through this! I will find my way!
  12. Don’t just go through it, Grow through it!
  13. Meet your goal at the finish!
  14. The bling is at the finish!
  15. It’s always too early to quit!
  16. Your only limit is YOU!
  17. When your legs can’t run anymore, run with your heart.
  18. I rather try and fail than not try at all.
  19. You’ll never be able to fix what’s behind you! You gotta run for what’s in front of you.
  20. Remember why you started <3

A little bonus here is the word “Stay”! This simple word help me through Chicago Marathon. Every time I’m about to give up or I’m starting to think negative thoughts I remember the word “stay”. It just means staying in the moment, take things one step at a time and don’t worry so much what you can and cannot do. Worrying just makes your mind more tired and reminding yourself to stay in the moment lessens your worry. 🙂

Thank you,

@piawiaventures!

 

 

 

Happy Global Running Day Everyone!

Good Morning/Good Afternoon/ Good Evening:

Whatever part of the world you’re in! Let’s us celebrate the joy of running on this special day! Global Running Day is an annual occurrence, every year on the first Wednesday of June, Runners around the world pledge to run and celebrate running.

What is Global Running Day? Below is directly from their website:

What is Global Running Day?

Global Running Day is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how far you go—what’s important is that you take part, and how you do it is up to you. Run a lap around your block, take your dog for a long walk, or call your friends for a pick-up game in the park. The important thing is that you have fun being active—and you inspire others to join you.

https://globalrunningday.org/

Click on the Link to participate and pledge: Global Running Day!

Inspire, Motivate, Begin – whatever state you’re in in your running is welcome. That is the beauty of running: everyone is welcome to join!

I am thankful for the joy that running brought and is bringing into my life.

Running brought me closer to who I am. It brought me closer to who I want to be and I will forever be grateful to running for that.

<3 Happy Happy Global Runnig Day Everyone!

-Stay Kind and Loving!-

Piawia!

 

On to the Next Thing… Berlin Marathon 2019

I’m about to start my Marathon Training for the 2019 Berlin Marathon! 

What are my thoughts? 

  • I’m incredibly nervous that I’m going to slack off and just not do any of the training. (I did slack off a little bit for my Chicago Marathon training last year. Instead of running a lot, I did yoga a lot! LOL Well, it gave me a profound experience with yoga and I enjoyed every bit of it anyways. But this year, I’m going to run more and do yoga and other cross-training I could think of.) 
  • I’m incredibly nervous about injuring myself. (My right leg hasn’t been itself since that one Pole fitness class and I’ve been trying to recover since. It’s getting better though.) 
  • I’m incredibly nervous about Florida weather! It’s so HOT outside already! (I just need to start running in the morning which means sleeping earlier and waking up earlier. I can do that. I just need to be more consistent.) 
  • Will I be more prepared this time around? (I do still have plenty of time. I really need to stop putting so much pressure on myself coz it makes me not want to do anything at all. Writing helps, as I am going thru the lists of my thoughts, it helps to narrow them down and have a more organized focus on things that I am worrying about. lol) 
  • Should I try to PR? (I should at least try, right?. I am in better shape now than when I started training for Chicago Marathon 2018. At least, I also know what I am getting myself into so I can be more prepared and ready.)
  • I want to enjoy this race and experience even more than I enjoyed Chicago. (I’ll prepare more travel planning. I really didn’t do any of that for Chicago. So we didn’t get to see the city for the beauty it was. I can’t wait. I’m going to see so many beautiful things in Berlin and I already feel myself wanting to stay or go back soon. I know I know! I haven’t even book my flight yet but if you know me well my excitement about beautiful places starts early and last a lifetime.) (Side Note: Italy is still my favorite, as of May 17, 2019) 
  • What should I eat? How should I healthily fuel my body for the many training and the actual marathon itself? (I really want to be more educated nutrition wise. I want to not depend so much on artificial things that are unhealthy and not necessary. I encountered a really nice podcast (https://jayshetty.me/dr-daniel-amen/) that talks about our brain! It really made me think of everything that I do and what I feed my body. Yes! Listen to that Podcast! It’s pretty cool. So after listening to that podcast, I’ve been very mindful about taking care of my brain, myself! One of the things it talks about is only doing things that is good for your brain and that includes eating healthy brain boosting foods! So yeah that’s one of the things I’ve been working on.)
  • So with that in mind, Should I stop drinking alcohol again this time around like I did for my Chicago Training?  Ha! I still have 2 bottles of wine that are super unopened! lol Maybe they will be the last ones I’ll drink. IDK. Alcohol is not good for your brain and I believe not drinking helped me with my training last year because I was able to keep my body super hydrated and on the weekends where I did drink some alcohol I ended up being lethargic for a whole week, making training a bit harder. So Yeah. I think I’m leaning towards not drinking again for this training. lol 

Anyways, these are just some of my thoughts before I start my Marathon Training next week. It’s going to be amazing and exciting and also very nerve wracking! Please wish me luck! I’m going to need plenty of positive vibes! 

Thanks guys and ladies for reading my thoughts! I hope you enjoyed it! 

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~ Yours Truly Yours, 

Piawia!  

 

 

Some Notes: 

Picture Post: 50 days/50 Runs/a whole bunch of Flower Photos

I set a challenge for myself to run everyday from February 11 to February 28 but I ended up running until April 2, 2019, converting an 18 day challenge into a 50 day one. I felt amazingly good. I will talk about the actual experience on another blog post but I just wanted to share the beautiful flowers that I saw while I was on my run ventures.

Running for 50 days made me so much more aware of my surroundings and made me appreciative of every little details of my running paths. So here are some flower photos I took while on my 50 day running streak. These photos were all taken with my iPhone 6S. I hope you enjoy them!

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2019 The Players Donna 5k

March 2, 2019

2019 The Players Donna 5K.

Ah! This is one of my favorite races here in Jax,FL. It’s just a different atmosphere for me. Maybe because The Players has a special place in my heart since it’s one of my mom’s favorite places to be. She just gets super happy going there lol so I like the place.

When I first participated in this race in 2016, (I think it was 2016), the beginning days of my running adventures, I fell in love with the race. I haven’t done it since then (until this year, of course) but I really did love the race. The only thing that was  missing in 2016 was the race medal but even without the medal I would have still done this race this year because it has been a while and every year prior to this year I meant to sign up. This year was meant to be because I got to do it with both my sisters! I am happy that there is a medal this year too. I think the races after the 2016 race had medals, not sure, I wasn’t there, lol.

So anyways, this year’s race was moved to March versus May, which I am thankful for. I don’t mind running in the summer but having the nice weather to enjoy the race is a super PLUS! The course is so peaceful, to me, even though there are so many participants in the race. I am happy that the weather held up with the rain  until later on the day. It was cloudy and a bit chilly, yes, perfect running weather! I wore a tank top and some long pants and it was completely comfortable for me. So kudos to Jax Weather that day, I appreciate you, always!

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My sister said she was cold, while I was just wearing a tank top. lol

The parking lot for the event, was different from the last time I was at TPC, I should have looked at the instructions but I was being stubborn and said to myself, “I KNOW WHERE TO GO, I don’t need to look at the directions.” lol Well, good thing we were like an hour and half early coz I didn’t know where to go. Haha. So first lesson from this experience is to read the event’s instructions! Actually, I just read an article about the 2019 Tokyo Marathon today about how many people were mad that there was a cut off on the 10K mark and one guy was saying how it wasn’t on the fine prints but guess what buddy, it was! So yeah, super important to read the instructions especially in big events like that.

As we walked by the booths and all the free things lining up for us to grab and take! (I’m just trying to remember each moment, super moment by moment.) Each step leading up to the starting line was exciting, for me. I guess for anyone that don’t know me I get super excited a lot, so bear with me, let me tell you how and why it made me excited! First stop, free donuts, Mini Bar donuts, we didn’t grab any of these free things yet because Duh, we’re about to run. There’s some free coffee, free sunglasses, hand sanitizer, free hotdog sandwiches and some free drinks. It’s exciting that these are the things we got lining up for us after the race. (We did grab each one of them, maybe even two of each for some, after the race.) Those are just some of the perks of participating in these kind of events, so enjoy them when you can!

We were a bit early, my fault, I always think races are meant to be super early so I suggested leaving at 6:30 to be there by 7:00 AM. We had plenty of time to take photos and explore the surrounding areas of the starting line which was nice and very enjoyable.

As the runners line up, walkers on the grass and runners by the starting line, our initial thoughts were, “hmm doesn’t seem like there’s a lot of people here today.” But mistaken we were, when the guy told us “GO” we saw the lines of runners right in front of us! There were so many and the spaces where we can run was very limited. It was super crowded and everyone was pretty much shoulder to shoulder in the beginning of the race. To me, this was expected, so it didn’t disappoint and made me giddy and made the adrenaline rush thru me as I watched this massive group of people tackle the golf course.

The whole race, for me, was perfect and very very enjoyable. I will definitely do it again. So, if this blog makes you want to go to try out the race next year! I hope to see you there! ‘Til Next Time!

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Donna 5K Finisher, est 3.2.20219. <3

As always, thank you so much for reading my thoughts! To Da Loo!

Yours Truly Yours,

Piawia

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Best Damn Race – Jax – 2019

How was this race for me?

It was challenging… I haven’t been running much and I feel like I am taking running a little bit for granted. I haven’t been training and yet I challenged myself into running half marathons without training just because in my mind, I CAN. It can be both a good thing and a bad thing depending on what side of my head you are on.

It’s a good thing, because I know what my body is capable of and a good thing because I am always able to finish any race, no matter what distance, I sign up for. Good for me!

& Yet, I feel, as though, I disrespected the race because I know there are people who took their time to train and get ready for these kind of races. Please forgive me. I admire you and all your hard work and I promise I will train and do better on my next races. So BDR, is the last Half Marathon I signed up for, for now, at least for the beginning of this year. No worries, I have a lot more other races lined up for the year but I just wanted to take it easy and reboot myself back into training and getting my running and strength training going.

Best Damn Race did not disappoint. I enjoyed every single moment of it. I was super excited when I got my running packet, with my Bib, my shirt & a pair of SOCKS! It was a bit of a surprise for me to be able to grab a pair of socks in there (HAHA moment). Yes the little things in these races can be very unique and uplifting.

On the day of the race, January 12, 2019:

I woke up at 4:30 A.M. (just thought I’d put that out there because that made me so proud of myself.)

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Books I Skimmed Through Before The Race.
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 An Episode of FRIENDS that I Watched While Getting Ready.

When I got to the Landing, where it started, I got a sense of excitement from the people around me. Running events always have that type of vibes anyways. Everyone is so friendly, commenting on my roll of tissue paper, “I should have brought one, I need that.” Of course, I offered. Just a background on that, I have been listening to Coach B on the Nike App and in one of his training sessions, he talked about practicing gratitude for everything during race day; the people that helped organized it, the volunteers, everyone and everything! One of the things he does to show gratitude is by bringing a roll of toilet paper so that there will always be some just in case the race runs out of toilet paper, which happens. So yeah, I brought a roll of toilet paper and left it in the bathroom. It felt amazing to take part on that pass the toilet roll paper goodness. (See the small things always does make a difference.)

Before the race started, as we line up, my friends and I realized that “Whoa, there’s not that many people here today.” My first thought was “OH MY! I’m going to be last.” It’s such a pressure building moment, when it truly doesn’t matter what place you’ll be in the race because all the matters is that you have fun and that the race makes you feel like your time and efforts were all worthwhile. So, I calmed my silly self down and remembered to just enjoy the race!

As the race started, I can feel the adrenaline rushing thru me. I ran with the Jax Galloway crew, which consist of amazing people, by the way. We do the run and walk method that I love. We started the method after the 1 mile mark. Although, I did stop to enjoy the Sunrise! It was rising right over the Hart Bridge, the Green Monster, which is my favorite bridge and it truly made me feel so blessed to be able to take part on this race. I stuck with the group I was with until Mile 9 or so, after that, I couldn’t keep up anymore and fell a bit behind. It’s ok, the race is full of supportive and motivated individuals that kept me motivated and determined.

This is my first time doing a BDR race and I must say that the route was one of my faves. You might hear different things from different people but I think it was one of the best I participated in (but don’t listen to me, I like most of the racing routes I participate in, anyways). As I approached the part of the route that I normally run on a regular basis, I felt at home, “This is 1 mile away from my destination.” I do somewhat have that last part of the route memorized by feel because it was my normal route when I run on my lunch breaks or in the mornings. It felt good and it felt like I could finish strong……. (I walked a lot, lol) As I go through the elevated part of the race and the down inclines, it felt nice and amazing but I still walked a little bit after that and ran a little bit more when I was closer to the finish line.

& Just like in any other races, seeing that finish line, is an amazing feeling. I grabbed my medal and grabbed my water and see my friends who were waiting for me. “Wait you didn’t take a picture here yet.”, one of my friends remembered. Ha! & that is why I love participating in races, it is full of dedicated, motivated, loving, wonderful people who are always there to encourage you to keep going! The end.

As always, thank you for reading my thoughts. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Love always.

Yours Truly Yours,

Piawia <3

How I Prep for RACE DAY!

Write down your goals so when you get them you know you were brave enough to make them. – Alexi Pappas

Just to clarify, when I said average I did not mean “NOT COOL” I just meant not an “ELITE”. Just wanted to get that out there because I think I’m pretty cool! 🙂

This blog is about what I do the day/night before the race and race day before the race.

May it be 5k, 10k, 15K, 10 miles, Half Marathon or FULL MARATHON (coz I’m officially a marathoner, est 10.7.2018)

Full Disclosure: I have no certification whatsoever in sports but these are things I gathered from searching the internet, reading blogs, reading books about running, advice from runners and also from working at a running store for a couple of months. HA! Feel free to add to it, provide additional advice and if you just want to enjoy what I share then why not!!!

THE DAY BEFORE THE RACE!

  1. HYDRATE! HYDRATE! HYDRATE! If I’ve been slacking with drinking the amount of water I’m supposed to be drinking. I usually add a coconut juice in the mix to add some more electrolytes in my body and hydrate me more just to compensate for the lack thereof.
  2. CARB DIET! Eat carbs but not too much a day or two before the race. (I usually try to carb load a week before or so especially for long races) I usually go for sweet potatoes (or rice because I am asian and I can’t live without rice and also my body is used to rice)

THE NIGHT BEFORE THE RACE!

I make sure I get enough rest. In order to do that, I prepare everything early, as much as I can (because sometimes it is hard when you have a full time job and the race is on Saturday). I’m usually asleep by 10 o’clock p.m. when it is race day (& UP usually at 5am, depending on what time the race starts).

So here are the things I prepare the night before the race:

  1. My outfit and gears for the race. I pick out what shirt, short/pants, socks, shoes (because I am a runner and I have plenty to choose from) & even my underwear then I lay them all out on my chair where I can easily grab them. I set my running belt close by my clothes and I charge my running watch and my Bluetooth headset. They are all in a place close together so that I’m not panicking in the morning, just in case I wake up late or if I ever get held up doing something.
  2. I also like to prepare my post race bag where I put extra clothes (I bring a whole outfit even though I only change my shirt and shoes after, lol).
  3. After I do that I make sure my nails are cut and are ready to go for race day. I think this is an important part but it just depends on the person too. I make sure I file my nails down. (hope that is not a weird thing) 
  4. I also get my energy chews ready, cut into 4 and placed in a ziploc bag. I also make sure I have a snack, well that is more for long runs/races.
  5. Don’t forget to eat and hydrate.
  6. I also do some yoga poses and then I foam roll my legs and back before I go to bed, just in case I don’t get a chance to do them in the morning. Foam rolling is important to keep your muscles loose and ready for race day. While yoga poses help with stretching your body. 
  7. Set up my alarms! “DON’T forget that part.
  8. I Make sure I have my BIB READY, 4 PINS, remember that! (I forgot my BIB twice for RACE DAY and that made me super anxious and didn’t get to enjoy the full experience of the event since I had to go back home or I was anxiously waiting for my BIB to make it on time but I think some races will reprint a BIB for you, I haven’t tried to do that) 

I think that’s it for the night before, If you think I should add some more don’t hesitate to contact me or just leave a comment on here too.

MORNING OF THE RACE!

These are the things I do the morning of the RAC

  1. I usually try to wake up and hour before I have to leave. I think an hour gives me  enough time to get ready and still be relax before I leave. I avoid waking up late and ending up with anxiety before the race. Although, some races don’t require much preparation, it’s still nice to be out and about on a decent time. (PLUS, you got to worry about parking too and that could add unnecessary anxiety for you day.)
  2. I usually eat 2 toast and sometimes an egg or just jelly. It just depends on what’s available between the two. For short races I can go with just the jelly and a toast but for bigger races I eat 2 eggs and 2 toast and a banana.
  3. I do drink coffee for breakfast too, to wake me up and give me a little bit of energy. I try to avoid coffee a week or two before the race so that it can work better on my body. (sometimes that’s the hardest part of getting ready for a race, Ha!)
  4. I also make sure I get a chance to listen to some running mantras, usually on YouTube, it helps my mental game. I sometimes even read. (lol) Whatever will keep you focus on the positives! I would go for that. You can even listen to music too, whatever floats your boat, as long as it helps with your mental game, I say go for it! 
  5. & before I leave, (after I get dressed and ready) I foam roll and do stretches, if I have the time. If not, I know I did it the night before and I should be fine and usually when I get to the location of the race, I’ll either have the time to stretch or sometimes the event would do group stretching too. I also try to do some yoga poses on the morning of too. These are only if you have time to do so, ya know because I try to wake up early! (that is why it is very important to have enough sleep! 🙂

That’s it. That’s pretty much what I do to get ready for RACE DAY! I hope you enjoyed this and also I hope that it helped you somehow.

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Thank you so much for reading my thoughts, as always.

Yours truly Yours,

Piawia

Aftermath of my First Marathon

October 7, 2018

I did it, (I did something incredible) I finished one of the World Major Marathons, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2018. 

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My fave mantra: “Stay” – just enjoying each run moment by moment.

Honest to God, becoming a MARATHONER was one of the best feeling of my life, seeing that finish line was just pure amazing! I couldn’t believe I was able to reach my goal. I knew I was made for long distance running, even before, I just couldn’t fathom the fact of running for a long period of time. CRAZY SH*TS. 

My mindset about running (and life in general) changed so much. I’ve come a long way mentally and I am super proud of who I became. I became this person who believes in herself and someone who works really hard to love herself. {That’s a good thing, and you should be proud of yourself for striving for the best version of yourself} 

This marathon journey taught me so much about my strengths and weaknesses, what I love, things I want to be surrounded with, being alone & accepting other people’s helping hand without feeling like a failure. I learned to give thanks for everything that is around me and everything that is given to me, provided for me, I became the most Thankful and Grateful person I never thought I could be and that’s one of the things I love about myself! Ha. You’re probably like, who’s this girl who’s just talking about how much she loves herself? That’s totally fine! I just want to inspire people to start loving themselves too. To start accepting themselves for who, where and what they (we) are! 

The marathon was just a stepping stone for me. The morning of the race I woke up feeling prepared, excited, anxious and also very grateful for the journey. I learned that just being able to run is something to be grateful for already despite of results or anything else that could happen. The fact that I was given an opportunity to be where I was, was already something to be (SUPER) grateful for. My mind was really calm (well, until I realized I might be late, then I started panicking a little bit) but all together, there was no doubt in my mind that I could finish. It was already set in stone for me that I will finish. I was more worried about not making it on time, but I made it with 45 minutes to spare 🙂 How incredible is that? My time {for my first marathon} is 5:45:54 which is an incredible feeling. Before I took training seriously, I was running 15-16 minutes per mile {only because I lost touch with running for a while}. In those weeks, I was running my slowest, I even thought of quitting, but quitting was not an option. When I decided not to quit, it was more because I didn’t want to have to think about the marathon for another LONG YEAR! I’ve put some things on HOLD to be able to do this and I didn’t really want to do it again. After a while though, the reason for this run journey shifted to because I BELIEVE I CAN! {If you want to know how I did that just message me or I’ll write another blog about that shift, IDK, I’m playing this by ear and just writing away my thoughts about the marathon and what I had become after it} 

The shift in my mindset helped me through training and eliminated a whole lot of doubts (instead of doubting the whole journey, I only doubted a little bit, ha! It was a shift from 90% of doubt to 10%).  Now, after this Marathon journey, I believe in myself more. I know I can accomplish a lot of things I set my mind to. It taught me to focus on myself, to love myself and to believe in myself. It taught me that there are no set backs that can ever prevent you from reaching a GOAL you truly believe in. 

This journey changed my views in life and I want to be able to share that with people because it’s an amazing feeling. I hope that this inspires you and your friends, your family and anyone who ever doubted themselves. I was a self doubter, a self downer, someone who waited for people to believe in herself. Someone who cared about why people doubted her and someone who didn’t think she could accomplish big things and yet here I am 26.2 MILES STRONGER than any of those doubts. Don’t ever ever lose hope and faith in yourself because no one else can believe in yourself as strong as YOU CAN BELIEVE in yourself. 

So, that is the aftermath of my marathon journey, this running journey has taught me so much about my strength and how I reached a goal I never thought I could. KEEP BELIEVING and as the first time Marathoner OLYMPIAN, Alexi Pappas said: “Replace Can’t with Maybe” and you will reach goals you never thought you could! Always Be Brave, BRAVEY! 🙂 

Thank you for taking your time in reading this fantastic & amazing journey of mine. 

Follow my SELF LOVE Journey on IG @piawiaventures. 🙂

PEACE, LOVE & GRATITUDE. 

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Thankful for my legs & feet, my whole body, always.

With LOVE Always, 

Pia, 

the Marathoner

(my running name is MARIA, by the way)

Wearing my medal in the Atlanta Airport
Coz I can. #MedalMonday