This weekend, I got invited to the Hotel Schloss Ranzow participated at the BEACH FUN RUN at Ostseebad Sellin, Germany. The Hotel has an amazing breakfast and is right at the beach. I loved my stay and had an amazing and relaxed time after my competition and photo shoot. #ThankYouSoMuchHotelSchlossRanzow.
I enlisted my run at https://www.betterplace.org/de. It is a website where you can run for charity. You can choose a charity project on the website and people (friends, family, strangers) can donate. I chose an organization for saving the sea. The whole process is very easy.
As a snack I had these amazing energy bars. They gave me a great (healthy) kick before the competition.
START: the beach
At the beginning, you had to run at the beach, which was beautiful but really exhausting. The first obstacles were climbing walls, running over sandy mountains, balancing a wooden walkway and lifting heavy beach chairs. The stronger people helped the little bit weaker since everybody was running as kind of a team.
MIDDLE: the forest
I was happy because I thought it would be easier now… I was wrong! It went 200m uphill! We even felt sick shortly after arriving at the top. You really had to push yourself mentally.
The kind of obstacles were funnier here, though. You could climb through water tunnels, rolling car tyres round a sporting field and climb over pyramids. By now the sand sticked to our clothing so that we felt a lot heavier.
END: the sea
It was “time for a refreshment” as the moderator pronounced it which meant we had to head into the sea and fight our way through the high waves because of the storm.
I did not think of a hurdle while entering the water. First of all, I struggled to get ahead because of all the algae in the water, the high waves and the rain. Additionally, I seriously was stuck on the ground because of the mud. I was not only slow but I generated a feeling of fear.
At some point, I could not reach the ground with my feet anymore and I had to fight through the waves to the wooden ladder which would be my exit from the water. I swallowed so much salt water and the current was so strong so that I could not move further ahead. Luckily, there was an organized lifeguard on a surfboard who kept on track with the swimmers.
When I reached the wooden ladder, I got lifted on the bridge. The end sprint was amazing and especially wonderful was the finisher picture with Anni (a girl I met there with almost the same pace).
Days later, I still have bruises and scratches. Nevertheless, the most important thing is: I realized how good it is to challenge not only my body but also to be challenged mentally. Running has teached me a valuable life lesson. As Will Will Smith says: “The keys to life are running and reading! When you’re running, there’s a little person that talks to you and says, Oh I’m tired. My lung’s about to pop. I’m so hurt. There’s no way I can possibly continue. You want to quit. If you learn how to defeat that person when you’re running, you will know how to not quit when things get hard in your life”.
You are capable of so much more than you think you are. Try your limits by doing what you were always afraid of or you feel you are not ready to do. That is the moment where you grow and learn the most.
As part of the stay, the hotel arranged a picnic a few days after the charity run. I enjoyed it so much!
MY OPINION IN RETROSPECT:
The mood after the run was perfect as everybody was tired, happy and relaxed at the finish line. You easily get involved in a conversation and the backdrop at the Baltic Sea was amazing, too. If the weather conditions had been better we would have gone swimming together. Instead, we enjoyed the atmosphere and the prepaired food and went for a walk on the beach. Life is great at the end of your comfort zone!
Later on the weekend, I got invited to my friends party which she arranged so beautifully. She allowed me to post her pictures of her amazing arrangements.