Posts in Life
Why and how I did two Half Ironman races

I was never a fast runner or a long-distance runner. In fact, I remember one very long run in particular. It was with my school and I was about 17 years old. We had to run through the countryside and even now I can still see myself doing it. I can still feel the pain. It was that hard for me. I played a lot of hockey and tennis at that time, so I considered myself quite fit. However, many of the other girls, who had not trained and even stopped for a smoke on the way, were faster than I was. Some of them sprinted down the finish line and I really struggled. The next few days I could hardly walk down the stairs. Long distance running always felt hard for me.  Conditioning training with my field hockey team was also always the hardest part of hockey practice. Even so, when I grew up, I kept on running to stay fit, but I was never fast nor did I even consider doing any races, let alone a half marathon. 

Well, it came different than I - or anybody else - expected.. Let me tell you how I actually completed two Half Ironman races many years later.

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Why my motto is: Just do it - Just start

I know ‘Just do it’ sort of belongs to Nike and when we say or see this statement, we can almost see Nike’s logo with it. I can at least ;-)

It is such a great phrase though and embodies so much for me. Not only for sport, for everything in life. 

For most of us there are so many things that seem unbelievable hard or just impossible. Life is not easy, life is not fair, life is not just fun, but life can be so, so great. We ‘just’ have to step out of our comfort zones and so many magical things will happen!

And at the end of the day it comes down to just doing it

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A letter to my 15 year old self

Dear young Emilia,

I am writing this letter to you, 25 years into the future. As I am sitting here and still remember very clearly what it was like as a teenager. I wish I could save you some of the worries that you are having and will have. I wish I could make this time easier and more enjoyable.

So with this letter I would like to tell you that you don’t need to worry, whatever you do know, you will grow up to be a confident, successful and happy woman.

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My thoughts on turning 40...

I recently turned 40… And to be honest I was a bit scared. I did not want to celebrate as I thought it was nothing to celebrate... My initial idea was to just go away with my husband and kids. That did not work out unfortunately and as the big day came closer I realized I would like to have a party and celebrate together with all my friends. It did not matter that it was a round birthday, I just wanted to celebrate - celebrate life. So I planned a party at home in Germany with all my ‘old’ friends who are - although so far away and although I don’t see them regularly - so important to me and so close to my heart.

When I went on my girls trip to Sri Lanka with Akemi - a present from her which was just amazing - I started writing down my thoughts on turning 40. And I turned them into a speech for my friends. Today I want to share them with you and with my kids, my thoughts about aging and turning 40.

Oh, and by the way, the big day came and it was not so scary at all and actually nothing has changed ;-)

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