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
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Personal Marathon Training Goals!

My goals for this marathon training…..


Ahh. I’m excited to go through this goals. I can see myself becoming a totally different person! Pia 2.0! BUT don’t get me wrong, I love who I am, who I am becoming now even without the marathon, that has been the ultimate goal of mine for the last year is to find different ways to unconditionally love myself and this marathon is just to practice everything I’ve learned about loving and believing in myself….. So here are my goals for this journey… Bare with me because I might add some more as I go along…….. {this are more personalized goals} 


And so here are my goals for this Marathon:

  1. Discipline: I would like to accomplish this one. I believe that I don’t have a strong discipline in pulling through things I want to accomplish. I always run away, half ass things or just plain not do anything and make up excuses for why things aren’t done. I want to follow through the training program, learn to cook, sleep more, keep my room clean, finish books I’ve started and just being accountable for the goals that I set for myself. Discipline is hard for people who have been slacking all their lives {AHEM ~ I’m talking about me!} so accomplishing these things will help me gain more confidence in myself and in my journey.







  2. Respect: Ahh of course this comes with anything that you do. BUT I want to learn to establish respect for myself. Meaning I want to learn to respect myself and my journey. I’ve always second guessed myself {Can you tell? I’ve been so insecure all my life. Ha}. But part of that is not believing in my own capabilities. Part of this goal is learning to believe in myself despite what others would say, do or see. I’m slowly learning that people are meant to say, think, and do what they are meant to. Nothing about the things they do is about you and you have to learn to let things go and like I said before BELIEVE in yourself, because when things are really tough, NO ONE ELSE WILL. So learning to be respectful towards myself by believing in my capabilities despite the opinions of others {& my own self doubt} will show growth for me. 😀







  3. Strength: Gaining some strength in this journey is probably one of the funnest things for me to imagine {FUN not FUNNY}. Thinking I am capable of running a marathon at the end of this journey is such an incredible thought. It’s an amazing feeling to think “I’m a {future} marathoner!” Learning different exercises, routines etc to reach these goals will be exciting. I love learning so much and part of this journey for me is learning to be bold, asking random people questions about a work out! Just being brave and really going out there because this journey is about growing and not sheltering myself to safety! This will not only strengthen my body as a whole but also strengthen me mentally. {I’m hearing you say, “For sure!”} 






  4. Vulnerability: Huh? Why is this out here for marathon training? Well, I want to be vulnerable and {slowly but surely} invite people to watch my journey {friends, family & random strangers}. How fun would it be to see my progress into this journey? I will cry at the end of this journey and see how far I’ve grown and improved…. But I’m still working on this for now, I haven’t been posting much, even though I’ve started training little by little. Which is okay! I will get there. I believe part of growth is vulnerability… Letting people in your life and not worrying so much so how they will interpret your journey….. JUST LEARNING TO BE YOURSELF and loving yourself through your triumphs and failures. THAT I believe is the ULTIMATE GOAL for all of this.

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