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
When you travel
You see things differently, your mind thinks globally in several perspectives, you enjoy the moment and try to take in every piece of information and visual as much as possible (at least that’s what I try), you connect with yourself in a deeper way both spiritually and psychologically (especially when you travel solo), and a … Continue reading When you travel
What’s your favorite?
Have you ever tried several options of you name it and have people asked you, “what’s your favorite?”? This happens often, if not always, after trying food, drinks, traveling, reading books, playing games… I wonder why people focus so narrowly on “the favorite”. I personally don’t have and don’t want to choose to have one … Continue reading What’s your favorite?
We’re constantly making adjustments in our life, and our body goes through changes, transition periods, in which it’s bended — call it stressed, so it can develop new habits. When you travel from one continent or time zone to a very different one, your body clock needs to adjust. It might take several days, if not weeks, … Continue reading Adjustments
Like a local
There’s nothing better than having local friends showing you around while traveling — not even having a tour guide would be as good and fun as having your friend doing so. You’ll experience genuine conversations and walks. Nothing is forced since you’re not paying your friend in a monetary way. It’s all out of genuineness, not a … Continue reading Like a local