Life in the shoes of a 542-slicer

So,

542 is my running team.. for Beirut Marathon 2017; u’ve met some..

Every rum, changes our lives, like this:today’s goal was: 28km.

My lesson:

Everything seems so big and out of reach, until You break it down into pieces, and find people along the way to share it or your progress.

Maybe i was on runner’s high today. I was lucky, but these words are to remind you and me (when we miss that “high” whether to listen to our body, injury, or our coach), that:

Well, running 42km seemed like sthg entirely i m p o s s i b l e:

long, tiring, needs years of training, a no-injury history, and a dedication that we cannot afford to give in our busy daily lives.., the distance is too much even for someone fit, active, n all.

Today, maybe because i was on this high.. it felt like i “will” do it. I will do the 42km. I can and i will. So will You.

In our journey to-date, i never had that optimistic thought yet, probably u too (especially if you are now injured).

I had doubts, my knees , my health, my history… my will power, my physiology, my teammates, running buddies etc.

Yes, Everything seems so big on the outside..

But when u slice it open on the table of Life which u get to share with beautiful 542-ers eying the same goal, aim, fun, and life-changing experience, you suddenly realise:

“Look at where we are. When we had told our coaches: a 5k run? on the first day?! and for beginners like us,? is it not too much?, can we do less? We’re panicking …”

Today,

If we have 21km instead of 28km, we stand there like: 7km? piece of cake ,

Literally, right?

And when we are at 18km, we encourage our running buddy like: “we’re there!! just a 10k easy, Let’s have fun😎”

This #beirut542,

Well, it’s a bundle of life lessons as it turns out. One of which:

The next time you, like me, stand at ur own crossroads, in this Life,

Look at the intersection, the multiple exits there (we cross those multiple times on Corniche El Nahr area!), and

Pick something seemingly “big” to chase or change in ur life

(as we run, some of us pick a new pace, others pick new buddies along the way, some pick enjoyin it, smiling, an encouragement shout out, or a jump for the camera …).

Remember, nothing is out of your reach.

Evthng looks big, like 42k, but when you slice it open on the table of your current life and people surrounding you…

🙂

A 542-er, is a slicer.

He/she does not only #run,

they slice every seemingly “Big” dream into little bits of toast (like our Sundays) which make every 1 bite enjoyable,

topped with a “different” dressing,

until he/she eats their way through life, beautifully living in the “now”,

as they “run” yes, but rather slice right through, achieving 1 mini-victory after the other (like every extra 1km we run every Sunday)

PS: the toast bit is inspired by my #teamwalid who have so far shared a mad amount of foodie pics, mad i tell u, but by far most adorable, since our >10km runs .

Truly yours,

To every 542-er in Life:

We slice it! 😘🤸🏽‍♀️🍞🥇

#lifelessons #selfhelp #dreambig #commit #canDo #beirutmarathon #teamwork #buddies #marathoners #DreamersAndAchievers

Truly yours,

Joy

Oct.1,2017 at 5.05pm

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Good Day, A small reminder:)

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A crack ..hmm,
a bad day? bad job, bad relationship, bad plan, bad marriage, bad book, a failed test perhaps, a horrible incident, a broken heart(s), hurt by people far or loved ones,
 
a crack.. 
giving up, losing hope, going back to that addiction, or that slacking or hiding away from things, lost, failed at it so many times .. 
 
a personal, social, or professional, psychological, or whatever crack, 
 
You’re still standing , are you not? Existing, now, here , reading this, are u not? 
 
As long as u take a breath, u can live ur life, really live,
 
because we don’t fall apart unless we  decide to Let go and stop trying, 
 
Try, easy, slowly, experiment first, at your own pace, take a chance, spend the money or time or pay the cost and carry the responsibility believing in ur own decisions, 
 
but don’t give up because … 
u are yet to meet people who will fall in love with YOU, ur vibe, your spirit, your Mind, or anything that makes YOU up.
 
There is only 1 YOU, and if the people in ur life so far did not see it, like may in our lives have not, then Others will – u cant give up on being u, it’s YOU so show yourself off
 🌻👑🤗
All my love,
Joy
Sept. 23, 2017

Valentina

#OneStoryAtATime

#beirutmarathon2017 #run #lifechanger #LifeIsaMarathon , not a race 🙂

(Wondering why my last series of posts & those to come are entitled in people’s names? Feel free to visit this: https://wegrowthroughothers.wordpress.com/2017/08/31/life-is-a-marathon-not-a-race/ )
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Our Sunday 24km long-run; yes, at 18km we were supposed to be tired, but seeing the above, you start understanding the motivation we get from each other .. It’s like Magic #foreal

I Miss you my people ❤

I have a lot more people to tell you about in my marathon undertaking, especially these 2 weeks!

Mini-confession:

I had a kinda weird week to be honest, feeling a little off, a little sleepless, and a little swamped or overwhelmed with life, those have-to-dos of life that often overwhelm us till we forget to look at the bigger picture of life, the bigger purpose of why we are here – the people around us.

A piece of my mind tonight, as i cozy up in a newly-discovered little tea place, which i only discovered last week for my new thing,

Colouring 🙂 They say it’s a therapy you know? For me, doing it last Wednesday just calmed me down, it slowed down my whirlwind..of life. Loved it.

Piece of my mind tonight:

Never underestimate your existence in someone’s Life.

It takes 1 word to change someone’s day or perspective, just like it takes 1 person in one’s life to inspire, to help accomplish a work in progress, a path, a project, a dream ..

1 can be a really big number in 1 Life 😉

 

And here’s an example Why: Valentina

So i joined the marathon and the 542 Team this past July; one thing this really changed drastically in my life, is the use of social media.

I’m not a fan, or wasn’t until this happened.

With our every Sunday long-run,  distances become longer but photos taken of us onto the marathon association become more numerous, catching us at every angle and smile!

So, we been posting lots online, which actually multiplied the number of friend requests i received..honestly, because i also encourage lots of members not on our team on those long runs – genuinely because it keeps me going – i practically know everyone by now and it’s been contagious!

Okay  so, with this social media – stampede hehe well, i got a friend request from a certain Valentina..

(PS: i usually prefer to respect the privacy of my subjects hence i omit certain details in photos or typing).

For some reason, looking at the friend request aroused my curiosity, partly perhaps because the name was Italian (non-Lebanese) and partly because i felt something was behind this friend request, #cantexplain.

So , I messaged her, asking if we knew each other or if we had met..

She replied with her story that she is also registered in the Beirut Marathon, that she runs, etc..

We had found common grounds across borders, only because of this 1 undertaking i took on this past summer,

which at the time seemed more for personal reasons rather than being there for others; nonetheless, here we were.

We became facebook friends, but now…very good friends is more like it because well, the messages we are exchanging, the sharing of friends we are having as she meets my running buddies and teammates through our photos first and then through adding them on facebook and chatting with them herself ..have just been WOW  and #surreal.

Have a look at few thing she shared with me, those things that kick-started a genuine, beautiful friendship:

Valentina is Italian; she has had this dream for so long, and that is:

Visiting Lebanon, the land and country she’s madly in love with, and running the Beirut marathon.

She is no runner, or was not, until this year, as she explains, she went completely “crazy”-determined and planned on making her dream a reality.

She has had challenges, physical ones mostly, as she’s had to re-adjust her eating habits a lot, as well as her watch her nutrition and monitor the intake of carbs, proteins, etc..

Also, she was running alone.

Today, my people, truly it has been beyond beautiful to see her messages, her sharings, her postings, her messages, all of which just make HER and US here see,

You can make a difference in 1’s life, with the littlest to the largest things you help them in.

Our support was only online, minimal, you might add probably useless for a physical-effort which you’d expect to need to complete 28 and 30km.. and more in time.

Yet,

my whole team, our idea, our runs, our photos, now include her, at heart, until she’s here in October, when we already planned team hikes and outings for her to see the beauty in Lebanon and have memories.

More so, my running buddy, up in the photo, Abbas .. he will surely have a post about him for you to read through, but for now, i must tell you:

this week, he called me over the moon.

I said what’s up, he said,

i am on cloud 9; i am walking in my hometown tonight near the sea when i started thinking how You Joy, how our team, and how Valentina have dropped into my life like in a parachute, like angels who came down just for me, to make me happier and fill my life…”

I was speechless on the end of the line.

He rocked my world. I had rocked his. Together, we also each rocked Valentina’s world. Also, Valentina rocked my world. She made me believe in bonds being formed cross border as genuinely and as beautiully. We know her now more than anything, we really do because as i am discovering, in

#Running, you have only one personality, the Real You and all those who run, are happy, they are truly giving, caring, alert to other’s abilities and needs.

And that’s just been 2 months in all this undertaking.

Cannot wait for more. Yes, runs are getting tougher, but so are our bonds and mental support, truly, has proved to be 70-75% of the run v/s 25-30% for physical readiness and fitness..

 

I hope this inspires you  the way it did me.

Please be safe, you re 1 person, but a whole lot in some one else’s life, your son,  daughter’s, either parents’, your friend’s, your teammate’s…

With all my love,

Joy

Sept. 16, 2017 at 9.29pm

(going to sleep early tonight for our 5am 26km run tomorrow Sunday!!)

 

 

Adel

#OneStoryAtATime

#beirutmarathon2017 our #roadto42km #togetherwekeeprunning #run

We actually met this 73 year old gentleman (orange t-shirt) this morning at 7am, yes, 73.

He had started running with us early “am”..

Overly educated, cultured, really, respect🎩: perfect american english, impeccable manners, charming, a public speaker with such a charisma.

A total stranger i admired from afar so much that i had to compliment.. so,

I stopped just in front of him, to say a genuine “BravooO” for he was truly impressive at his age…

And he replied with a warmest smile,

I have been running for the past 60 years my friend. < em>The first 20years, i called it the “Running Passion”,< em>The next 20, i called it the “Running Addiction with a touch of Madness”, and< em> The Last 20 years, i call them “Running with complete Madness”.

My bottomline from meeting this inspiring human:

You never start anything too late.🙏🏼

You make sure you never ever give up on pursuing things you #love because they are part of you, part of making you happy.

He moved countries, jobs, and resettled between Lebanon, Europe, and the States for the past 60 years; it could not have been easy all the time..

nonetheless, he still committed. He was dedicated, disciplined, determined.

He honoured his passion, challenged all weather and all roads he was unfamiliar with in every new country:)

#manoftheday 😌

Ps: He reminds me os this guy, my teammates shared his story a while back:

It’s never too late to fill up your life with the things that enlighten and enrich Your unique spirit and heart.

🌹

Faithfully yours,

Joy

Sept.5, 2017 at 4.53pm

#gems of #people

Rita

#OneStoryAtATime

My beautiful people, please meet my Rita on my #542 Beirut Marathon #running Team

We had our first chat or little talk on Thursday as we completed our training.

We had total 70min of running to complete.

Follow your passion, or whatever you think you’ll love, always.

I could soo relate because her story, could have been mine if things had not changed for me the way they did to take me to where i am passionate and happy today.

Rita spent 9 years at Deloitte & Touche as Auditor.

She woke up one day, resigned within a month because she felt stuck.

She didn’t feel she was living or liking what she is SO good at.

People, colleagues..they kept asking, who head-hunted you? Tell us, tell us: you have Deloitte, 9 years …

she said, I am done with corporate life.

It took my life away from me.

No, i don’t regret it, but i wasn’t happy anymore.

I lost part of myself being in corporate, doing what i do and how i do it.

3months out today, she went to London, took a “shoe-making” workshop- yes you read right- and today she seeks employment in it here 🙂

Shoe-making?..

She told me,

yes, i think i have the passion for it, i been inquiring and researching more about it here. I think i’ll love it. I want to work in it.

And,

She wants to teach 🙂 she asked me about my experience about it.

She is so #happy she feels it, really, for a first time since the past 9 years.

#mademybadday 🙂

More about our beautiful route that day:

We took a different direction than usual to have some uphill as well;

It was our first scenic route:) , reaching the below Raouche rock by sunset!

It was epic, my first time by that route on foot, and first time i see the scenery from up, overlooking the rock, as follows.

We started on the Corniche: photo 1, up to the road overlooking the Raouche Rock: photo 2:)

If you know a little about Lebanon, you’d know it has lots of green and touristic places in the mountains. But in Beirut, the population is big, green fields or parks are not so common. So, doing this route that night, when i met Rita, really met her story exposed me to the most astounding scenery:)

Truly yours,

Joy

Sept.2, 2017 at 11.06am

Life is A Marathon..Not a Race

Life is a Marathon, Not a Race

I been wanting to tell you this for a month now. Life, work, long days got in the way.

But, because i missed you so, a piece of me is missing, and i decided ill share short posts from now on to keep you here and me with you.

On june 19, 2017 i signed up to run a 42.195km Marathon in Beirut.

Following my accident..yes, that messed up My knee and ligaments etc etc.,

Yes.

Doing so, i also committed to training 3 times a week with a Team called “542”

It stands for :

5 months of training, to run

42km

It is changing my life. In every aspect.

I am rearranging my plans with friends and family to fit my runs instead, that is how much it has transformed my life in less than a month.

I am meeting beautiful people.

My bubble is slowly forming and growing to include the most beautiful people.

It is beyond beautiful.

All those runners are just there for a challenge , or personal dedications and causes..no hidden agendas. A positivity like no other, a mass positivity!!

Our team with coach Walid is forming bonds nobody knew before or experienced. We care for each other, we look out, we are running buddies..

So, Every post from now on will be #OneStoryAtaTime about a member i met, really met and talked to, and their story:)

Oh, by the way, our team started with 120 runners, then to 115, and since, i vowed to get to know each one, and their name of course.

I think there are like 20-30 names tops i dont know i.e. Havent met and thats only because they were not showing up to the trainings for work or health or other hurdles unfortunately.

It has been marvelous, an undertaking like no other, truly really.

Tomorrow, i tell you who i met tonight and she made my bad day, truning it upside down:)

PS: always take on new undertakings, big or small.. does not matter.

With all my love ❤

Joy

Aug.31,3017 at 9.15pm

“Emotional”? It is Your Gift

Hey there my beautiful people! 😀
I shared the following message with my people on my other networks..
and the rate and depth of responses i got was dumbfounding.
I’ll share a few at the end so you know what i am really blessed with receiving every single day with people from around the globe.
“People are thirsty..thirsty to build a
r e a l
connection with someone, today more than ever.”

I have surrounded myself with the GREATEST most beautiful people ever, by doing just that..

And they gave me sides of them that are not on display among others kn their life, especially when i started over in the game of people .. 2 years ago after a rough experience:)
People like honesty, value transparency and open books. Dont you? 
If you do… then maybe they too, they just have a hard time expressing it:) we’re all different.
When you express yourself, in whichever way(s),  it makes you transparent hence, well-understood by the other,
So, youre allowing people to connect. But then , can anyone live, really live their life, without a human connection(s) ?
💚✨🌈

My favourite response from My people to the above-shared:

From D. in the UK:

This is just 👌 so well said […]. I wish more people valued transparency as opposed to seeing it as a weakness. [Some] cultures pride themselves on being stoic and not showing emotions, which I appreciate is appropriate at times but it’s a very restrictive way of living.

Having said that, I feel that having my emotions out in the open does leave me more vulnerable but now more than ever, I find that people appreciate this more than hiding behind a mask. 

Thank you for the reminder and […]
Truly Yours,
All my love
Joy
Aug.16, 2017 at 6.44am