Keep Dreaming

So much has happened within the last time I’ve posted. We’re still working on our house, but have come so far!! More on that later, I wanted to keep up with this blog,but we got so busy with the house and I kinda just forgot about it. I also can’t decide on the true content of the blog.. house building, me as a foreigner being in the USA, running, traveling, music?? I have so many different hobbies and things I love.. I can’t even decide if it should be in Dutch or English… but since most Dutch people can read English, I’ll just write in English. Also who besides my mom even reads this?? haha I’m way overthinking this so I’ll just use it as my own online diary that I can maybe later on in life look back on.

Anyways.. I’ve had so many goals and dreams over the years and looking back, they have all come true! Even becoming an American citizen is becoming a reality in the near future.

So I decided it’s time for another goal. To many people this will mean NOTHING, but I would love to qualify to run the Boston marathon. To those unfamiliar with running Boston is a marathon you can’t just run, you have to qualify with another marathon run at a certain time for your age group. And let me tell you, these are some super fast times!!! The time for my age group is 3:30! this is running 8 minutes per mile for 26.2 miles. Just typing this makes me wonder if this is a goal I should even make public, cause.. what if I fail? My first marathon I ran in 4:46 and the most recent 4:12. I’m getting faster, but not fast enough. In order to qualify to run Boston,I need to shave off over 42 minutes of my fasted time! But I believe this is possible. I’ve read about other people that have done this and am learning all the mistakes I’ve made. For example.. I take about 3-4 months to train for a marathon, with a mileage per week that peaks at 30.. mostly around 20.. and I run about 4 times a week. I recently read that to run any kind of decent marathon time that’s considered beyond “recreational” I would need to be running at least 55 miles per week!! That’s doubling what I’ve been running.

I’ve got my heart set on running the Panama City Beach marathon on December 5th, 2020. That means I have 9 months to realize my goal.. LET’S DO THIS!

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New Challenge

For 8 years now, running has been a huge part of my life.



 It has introduced me to my best friends in the whole world, helped me get a scholarship for college, helped me lose my freshman.. 35.. And has helped me keep a sane mind through many stressful situations. I love everything about it, being in nature, just by myself, listening to music, and of course staying fit. I’m not a natural born athlete, I lose my fitness insanely fast. I remember when I first started, couldn’t even run a mile.. And look at me now, last month me and my BFFs ran our 3rd marathon. 26.2 miles of pleasure and torture.. As great as my love is to get out on the road, just me and my favorite shoes, it gets tough on my body. Especially since I’m tall, I often feel my back aching, begging me to “take it easy,” which is not in my vocabulary. Since Charlie has many back problems I started looking online.. Yea I’m one of those 😉 I found many articles of people that have “cured” their aches and pains with yoga. I had tried yoga a few times, but didn’t have the patience to ever stick with it. But for the last few weeks I’ve forced myself to try it and see how it would work for me. And wow.. Only a few weeks in and I already have fallen in love with it! So many challenges!! Starting off I was so impressed with the headstand, I tried it a couple times for fun and couldn’t even push my body up over my head against the wall.. 



But look! Just a few weeks of daily practice and unflexible me can hold a headstand! I feel improvement by the day, which I love, since I’m not a patient person. Yesterday I did a variation of the side crane pose





I’m excited to see where my newly found yoga challenge will take me. If anything the flexibility will surely help my running stride. 

And for helping with back pain, usually working promos, my back will acke within a few hours. This weekend I worked standing in heels for 3 days. Although my feet felt like death, my back hadn’t hurt one bit the whole weekend! I’m looking forward to making more progress in the next months ☺️🙏