I was bored, i was lonely, i was homesick.
What does a foreigner in Beirut do to cope?
i ran less and less until one day i just stopped, but my runner soul could not keep still.
When i heard about the Beirut international marathon, i didn’t blink, told myself, I’m running this.
When i discovered Beirut542, my first thought was “a training plan, people to train with, lets go!”
It took me a good six months to find people to run with, but when i finally did, i didn’t just find a team, they became my family. Every training day, we learn and discover things that makes us better not just as runners but as people. We share the struggles and joy of training and celebrate every person’s victory. We become strong runner individuals and even stronger as a collective. Our coaches are our pillars and every person in the team a foothold.
Tuesdays Thursdays and Sundays have become a ritual i look forward to.
I still run by myself some days but my head and my heart are never alone.my team, Team Ali Karim, has it’s spirit with me always.