That seems to be the theme of my life these days. Not only do I go running regularly, I also seem to have a lot of things that need doing so I’m running around trying to finish them all.

I have no idea how that happened and when I look back, I cannot pinpoint a moment where I lost control and running (around) became the theme of my life. The good thing about it though, is that I also seem to be getting a lot more accomplished this way.

Yesterday I ran my second half-marathon. I still have a hard time believing I started running and 21km later I stopped. OK, so it lasts much longer for me than it does for many others but I get there in the end (and not as the last person). At what point did my idea to do something for my general fitness rampantly run away and made me a person who can run a half-marathon? I have no idea. I just know I love it. (I don’t love the fact that I have a hard time walking today as my muscles ache somewhat incredibly)

But I believe in there lies the reason why I can run around these days and get a lot done. Even when I don’t feel like I have enough energy, it’s there and I go through my chores and still have time to read more than several months ago.

I understand now how people get hooked on running and never give it up. I sincerely hope I never give it up either as it brought me nothing but good. Ok, except for when I get so hungry I feel I could eat a horse and then I proceed to eat a lot. πŸ™‚

I realize I’ve been rambling in this post but I wanted to share my love of running with you and since I am still tired from yesterday, I can’t get my thoughts to follow a coherent pattern.

In the end, I decided to share the photo of me before the finish line even though running photos generally make you look like you are suffering in hell. πŸ™‚

Btw, I should add here I feel very lucky that the next half-marathon our school is wanting us to go to, is in spring. πŸ˜‰


Pic taken by ZvonimirΒ Mikasek of


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12 thoughts on “Running

  1. Tatiana November 13, 2012 at 00:13 Reply

    Good for you! I never did take to running. My husband was a distance runner in school and still loves it. I go only when he goads me out of the house with him. I have other preferred methods of getting sweaty and achy. Here’s to doing something good for your health that also makes you feel good!!


    • Ines November 13, 2012 at 15:00 Reply

      Tatiana, if you told me a year ago I would finish a hlaf-marathon, I’d laugh at you (quite sincerely and loudly). πŸ™‚
      It’s strange how you start small and it sort of snowballs into a thing that takes a significant part of your life. You never know, a year from now, you might be a distance runner yourself. πŸ˜‰


  2. Suzanne November 13, 2012 at 00:45 Reply

    Ines, I almost emailed you yesterday because I saw on Twitter that you had done your second one. Brava woman!! (I was so jealous, though … your 2nd one already. Geesh!)

    Mine is coming up shortly and I still don’t know if I can do it. I ran 7 miles on Saturday and 11 miles yesterday, then last night laid on the couch (after eating 2 bowls of wanton soup, the biggest sushi roll you’ve ever seen, and a peppermint patty) moaning to Mark, “Oh, I think I have a stress fracture.” Then woke up today feeling fine. πŸ™‚

    Anyway, you look great coming into the homestretch. You look focused, not in pain at all.


    • Ines November 13, 2012 at 15:06 Reply

      πŸ˜€ Suzanne, feel free to email me with a single sentence (your emails mean the world to me). πŸ™‚ Btw, am I following you on twitter? I’m not sure I was aware you had an account.

      When is your half-marathon? And I already know you’ll be way faster than I was (it took me 2:19 this time around, I improved my time for six and a half minutes, yaaay!).
      I sincerely hope you don’t get a stress fracture because that would mean you better skip on the race.
      Btw, is doing so many miles in such short time ok? We only had one distance training per week (the rest were less than hour stretches). And I sincerely believe in tapering, that seems to work great for me. I still need to work on carbo-loading though. I’m just not a big carbo person (unless it’s alcohol carbo). πŸ˜‰


      • Suzanne November 13, 2012 at 16:58 Reply

        Ines, I don’t have a Twitter account but I happened to be at your blog on Sunday and saw it on your Twitter feed. So then I followed that to your other account (some type of running site) where I saw your race route and your most recent runs and times. I saw that you had improved your time by 6-1/2 minutes, and that is **very** impressive. That is huge, in my opinion.

        My half-marathon is on December 2nd. Hopefully the weather will still be good, because if for some reason we get a snowstorm, I probably won’t do it, as it will take all of my strength in decent weather just to complete this. I haven’t yet made it a full 13 miles, and that’s what’s worrying me, as this weekend I’ll be going to NYC and won’t be able to get a run in. But it was a boneheaded move to try to log two long runs back-to-back; I’ll definitey not do that again. πŸ™‚

        Regarding speed, Ines, I’m not fast (not at all), but I thank you for thinking of me in such terms. It gives me more confidence, and I’ll need that … everybit of it. ❀


        • Ines November 14, 2012 at 12:26 Reply

          Oh, ok then. I was already worried I somehow missed your twitter account. πŸ™‚
          Thank you for the kind words – practically everyone from my school improved their time due to several factors. This time around, for me it was a combination of good timing of the month and the weather being much kinder to us (it was 24 degrees C and very sunny the first time).
          I use Endomondo to track my workouts as I have it downloaded to my phone so I get a notification after each km how much time it took and generally how long have I been running – I’m using the phone for both tracking my running and listening to music. πŸ™‚
          I also think tapering before the big run helps a lot with the performance as your body gets enough rest.

          I hope the weather holds and you get to do it. I’ll be cheering for your from here. πŸ™‚
          Btw, have lots of fun in NYC (if you can – I hope they are back to normal?)


  3. Natalie November 14, 2012 at 16:25 Reply

    Brava! Another run, and another picture of you looking pretty (not at all flushed and exerted) while running. πŸ™‚


    • Ines November 15, 2012 at 11:18 Reply

      Natalie thank you for saying that. πŸ™‚ I felt very flushed at that point but it wasn’t so warm so I guess it didn’t appear as strongly as it might have.


  4. Undina November 15, 2012 at 08:11 Reply

    I HATE running. Always have. And I know people who love running and can’t imagine their lives without running (almost) every day. I think I envy them (and you). A little.

    I can barely walk that distance! (well, today I can’t walk 1/10 of it – my back is killing me last week, but usually I can).

    Ines, you’re my hero! πŸ™‚


    • Ines November 15, 2012 at 11:25 Reply

      Undina I really hope your back gets better soon!
      Btw, I used to think I hated running too. But I learned to never say never and if I by chance say it, I correct myself immediately as it usually happens just after I’ve said it. πŸ™‚


  5. Beautiful Things November 15, 2012 at 11:30 Reply

    Well done, that’s an incredible achievement. x


    • Ines November 30, 2012 at 15:36 Reply

      Thank you very much! πŸ™‚


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