vrijdag 1 juni 2018

Run to Connect πŸƒ‍♀️πŸƒ‍♂️🀝 in English ☺️


I have a dream ☺️.

About 10 years ago I discovered a new passion πŸƒ‍♀️.
Running became a part of my rituals.

For me it was a moment to let go of all of my worries πŸƒ, a moment to catch my breath again. Even though it was sometimes very hard to arrive at my own finish but the joy that it brought to me was tremendous ☺️.
It gave me such a boost, so much mental energy 
and such a fantastic feeling in my body.

Due to my illness, due to my pain, I unfortunately had to stop running. 
This with much pain in my heart. 
But that feeling deep inside of me still remained, 
that thunder in my heart, the desire to run again.

My illness and my pain will always be a part of me.
It is what it is.
But I'm so much more than just my illness and my pain.
I still have a lot of dreams, ideas and so much willpower to do things 😍.

So I started again...

I didn't want to delay it anymore until I was 'better'.
The past 2 years I started running again. 
Between all the flare-ups, between moments that my body didn’t want to cooperate with me. With lots of trial and error. 
And especially with starting over and over again. 
Mostly I had to take a big step back, 
but at a better time I took another step forward.
That’s the spirit!

During the moments that I’m able to run, I think I'm the happiest person on this planet πŸ˜My smile is bigger than ever because it gives me so much joy that I’m doing what I love to do.

Currently I can run for the full 7 minutes πŸ’ͺ.
It may seem extremely little in those 2 years, I know haha.

But for me every minute, every step, 
every run is a real victory ✌️.

During my running sessions an idea grew and it kept me going.

I would love to send a powerful message throughout the world.
I want to inspire people, I want to trigger people 
that whatever the challenge is that they have to face in life, 
that they still can connect with their dreams and hopes.

It is surely not my intention to force everyone to start to run. 
That is one of my dreams haha.
But too often we postpone our 'dreams' or the things that we want to do. 
While it can give us so much energy in return.
At least that's my experience 😝.

For that I will participate in the Ostend Night run
on the 22th of September 2018.  

It is a yearly event in my home town Ostend.
(www.ostendnightrun.be)

During this challenge I will also promote the European campaign 'Don’t delay, connect today'. This with the support of ReumaNet and EULAR
The campaign aims to raise awareness about rheumatic diseases and to emphasize the importance of early diagnosis and access to proper care. 
You can find more information about the campaign on the website of EULAR (Don't delay, connect today campaign).

It will be a big challenge for me πŸ˜‰.
But even if I run the distance in pieces of 7 minutes,
even if it is necessary to walk for a while instead of running...

I will probably be the happiest person on this planet πŸ˜.

Of course a lot of support is more than welcome.
Whether as a runner, or as a encourager on the sidelines or even far beyond ☺️.
The more, the merrier.
That's the spirit!

You can give your support in different ways:

* Either by running πŸƒ‍♀️πŸƒ‍♂️ with me during the Ostend Night Run:

In a T-shirt of the Don’t delay, Connect Today campaign. 
Before the run we will take a picture from our enthusiastic team to send throughout the world. It will be a great way to enhance visibility of the campaign. After the picture each can run at its own pace and distance. 

* Or as an encourager along the trail🎈:

Encouragement would be great and also pretty necessary πŸ˜‰. Also not runners are more than welcome to be on the picture with the runners. 
The more, the better πŸ˜ƒ.

You can already start supporting by πŸ’:

  • Printing out the 'RunToConnect' event logo (see here below).
  • Put on your happiest and warmest smile 😁.
  • Take an enthusiastic selfie, individually or in group.
  • And post your selfie on the wall of this event or on the wall of Wolf and the City with the hashtags #RunToConnect and #ConnectToday. 
  • Or send your pictures to runtoconnect@gmail.comI will make sure to publish all selfies on social media.



With these pictures I'm sure that we will send a powerful message 
throughout the world 🌎.

It will empower and support a lot of people with RMD’s all over Europe πŸ’—.

Who wants to run with me for this good cause? 
Who helps to give visibility to dreams
and to the campaign Don’t delay, connect today?

I've made an event, 'Run To Connect', on Facebook Run to Connect.

If you want to support and encourage this event πŸ’ 
please click 'I come' or 'I'm interested' on the event itself.
And let me know, in a comment below whether you are running πŸƒ‍♀️πŸƒ‍♂️ 
or supporting along the track🎈.
In the meantime: Let those selfies come 😍.

Are you ready to connect with me?
Are you ready to Run to Connect?


THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT ❤️.

Lots of love πŸ˜˜
xxxx
Claudine

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