10  February  Posted by admin

Running in my hometown, Bethlehem

Training for my first half marathon

I was thrilled when I heard about the Palestine Marathon, because it means I have the opportunity to run my first half marathon right in my hometown of Bethlehem. I knew I wanted to participate but it would take some work. I immediately started to look for training programs. I run two times a week on my own, which I consider my short runs. To improve my performance and give me the push I need, I started to track my runs. On Saturdays, I run with a group of people from all walks of life. We get together to break a sweat while enjoying the nature of Palestine.

When I started running last year, I instantly fell in love with it. Running gets your heart pumping, it’s a great workout, and it’s a popular way to de-stress.  What more could you ask for? I encourage everyone to get out there, be active, and just run. Whenever you’re stressed, put on your running shoes and embrace the nature around you and all the sensations of running. I promise, once you start running you will feel like a healthier, happier version of yourself.

Music as inspiration

If you want to start running but can’t seem to find the motivation you need, music is a motivational tool that I highly recommend. I have a running playlist that I update every week to keep it interesting and upbeat!  Here are some of my current favorite songs:

  • Won’t go quietly – Example
  • Sweet nothing – Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch
  • Let’s go – Calvin Harris feat. Ne-yo
  • Blackout – Teenage Crime

Join our Palestine Marathon running group

An important part of running is sharing your positive experiences with others. My fellow runners and I have created a public group on Facebook called “Palestine Marathon Training” in order to communicate and plan our runs. It’s great to run with others, it motivates you to give your absolute best and keep improving. Feel free to join the group, share your experiences, and connect with others!

Ultimately, the Palestine Marathon has changed my life. Running makes me feel good about myself and I have never been happier or healthier! I hope that everyone has the same experiences I have; all it takes is a little motivation :)

 – Jacky Alarja


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