Adapting to the game (soccer)

I’ve stopped running long distances after my last half marathon in July this year and have thrown myself into playing soccer full time. Soccer is something I’ve loved ever since I was a kid. Although I stopped playing it competitively when I came to the US, I never stopped following and loving the sport. Playing … Continue reading Adapting to the game (soccer)

Birthday call

It was my birthday a few days ago, then important people to me started texting me birthday wishes throughout the day. I’m grateful for having them in my life. Then during the afternoon, a receive a phone call. My mind goes, “a phone call? That’s interesting and unexpected.” I looked at the caller’s name and … Continue reading Birthday call

Paris marathon 2022 – race time! // part three

Mile 21 was when I knew the real marathon would start for me. This is when my body started wanting to give up, ask for forgiveness, and want to walk, all while my mind wanted to keep pushing. It’s always an internal battle between the two of them, in which the mind mostly wins. I … Continue reading Paris marathon 2022 – race time! // part three

Paris marathon 2022 – race time! // part two

The course was mostly flat, with some downhills, some uphills, and some cobblestone streets. The most memorable uphill didn’t come until mile 20.5. What a killer. It was a long uphill, not very steep, but long enough to make you suffer and wonder if it would ever end. Luckily, it did after about two minutes. … Continue reading Paris marathon 2022 – race time! // part two

Paris marathon 2022 – race time! // part one

It was 9am and Dennis and I are racing after having waited for close to two hours in the cold morning of Paris. It was Dennis’ first full marathon so as soon as we started, I told Dennis, “do your own race, don’t run with me.” Since we were aiming for different times and would … Continue reading Paris marathon 2022 – race time! // part one

Paris marathon 2022 – sleeping, preparing, and waiting

I woke up around 6am, had water, and stretched first thing in the morning as I normally do – habits are an incredible way to achieve what you want. Right after this, Philipp and Dennis, my friends from studying abroad in Hong Kong, came over as they were also racing that day. Then we all … Continue reading Paris marathon 2022 – sleeping, preparing, and waiting

Paris marathon 2022 – the day before

It was Saturday and my body and mind were both excited and nervous. It’s a rare feeling. You’d think that I’m used to running marathons and would not be nervous at all, but it’s the complete opposite. I didn’t know how it would go. It’s been over two years since I both traveled internationally or … Continue reading Paris marathon 2022 – the day before