Richard Chan

April 9, 2022

Paris marathon 2022 – race time! // part three

Mile 21 was when I knew the real marathon would start for me. This is when my body started wanting to give up, ask for forgiveness, and want to walk, all while my mind wanted to keep pushing. It’s always an internal battle between the two of them, in which the mind mostly wins. I need to admit I have an above average pain tolerance lev...
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April 8, 2022

Paris marathon 2022 – race time! // part two

The course was mostly flat, with some downhills, some uphills, and some cobblestone streets. The most memorable uphill didn’t come until mile 20.5. What a killer. It was a long uphill, not very steep, but long enough to make you suffer and wonder if it would ever end. Luckily, it did after about two minutes. I enjoy hills but not at mi...
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April 7, 2022

Paris marathon 2022 – race time! // part one

It was 9am and Dennis and I our race after having waited for close to two hours in the cold morning of Paris. It was Dennis’ first full marathon so as soon as we started, I told Dennis, “do your own race, don’t run with me.” Since we were aiming for different times and would be running at different pace, so I didn’t want to slow him do...
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April 6, 2022

Paris marathon 2022 – sleeping, preparing, and waiting

I woke up around 6am, had water and stretched first thing in the morning as I normally do – habits are an incredible way to achieving what you want. Right after this, Philipp and Dennis, my friends from studying abroad in Hong Kong, came over as they were also racing that day. Then we all grabbed our bags, and David, who hosted us in P...
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April 5, 2022

Paris marathon 2022 – the day before

It was Saturday and my body and mind were both excited and nervous. It’s a rare feeling. You’d think that I’m used to running marathons and would not be nervous at all, but it’s the complete opposite. I didn’t know how it would go. It’s been over two years since I both traveled internationally or ran a marathon. I went for both this ti...
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March 25, 2022

Goodbyes

It feels weird. I used to give a hug, say bye, then leave. But now I think it’s a bit more challenging to do so – to say goodbyes. Is this even a thing? Does this happen as we grow older and realize how much more valuable time is? Especially time with parents, family, and friends. Does this happen because we recognize that our parents ...
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March 21, 2022

What you see is not what you get

The world is full of facades that might surprise you if you have a closer look at it—anything from buildings, software applications, and books to people, relationships, and families. There is a cover for almost everything when looked at from the outside. I think a bit of skepticism is normal and sane to avoid going down the wrong path ...
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March 19, 2022

Take the smallest step

Small steps lead to more significant actions. Therefore, we can say that small steps lead to big goals. We can approach most goals using similar approaches because most follow identical processes. When we figure out how to work towards small goals, we also figure out how to work towards achieving bigger goals. Small and big goals are d...
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March 18, 2022

New beginnings

I think it’s a very human thing to feel the need to express ourselves somehow. Sometimes I choose written communication as my preferred method because it gives me the space to focus and write down all the things in the heart, body, and brain. It helps me clear my mind. It’s been a while since I’ve been consistent at writing my thoughts...
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May 16, 2021

Scars

Scars are beautiful. They remind us that we dared to try doing something. Scars remind us that we made it through tough situations – we survived. They remind us that we are stronger than our failures. There is a story behind every scar. It’s a story to be told to those who care, to those who know what it is like to have scars in our bo...
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March 4, 2021

A veces olvido...

A veces me olvido, de tu sonrisa, de tu risa, del sonido de tus carcajadas. A veces me olvido, del color de tus ojos, de tus ojos brillantes, de la forma de tus ojos cuando ríes. A veces me olvido, del color de tu cabello, del olor de tu cuerpo, del sabor de tus labios. A veces me olvido, de tu rostro, de tu cuerpo, de tu forma de cami...
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March 4, 2021

Hola World!

Mornings are for reflection. What are you reflecting on? What are you grateful for? Share away! 🙂
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