“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” – Anonymous
In the Beirut 542 program, there is no competition between teammates and teams. However, you will always have to face one challenge, YOUR challenge. In other words, you will always have to challenge yourself by overcoming your pain, ignoring the negative comments, and most importantly, by believing in yourself.
Three weeks have passed since the launching of the Beirut542 program and we have already reached 11k. This is crazy, I agree, but when you have a bonded team and amazing coaches who are there to support you, you forget about the distance, and focus only on the outcome.
“The early bird eats the warm”.
Like every week, our sessions start at 6AM sharp in Zaytouna Bay. We are like tender birds that wake up early in the morning to fight a battle at fast pace.
What I like about my team is that we became like a family; we motivate each other, care about each other, miss those who are absent, and share joyful memories.
The Most Valuable Runner
“Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato
It was during my day off at the beach that one of the BMA coordinators, Tala, called to inform me that my two coaches designated me as the Most Valuable Runner (MVR) of the team for the month of July 2016. It was such an amazing surprise; I didn’t see it coming. I was so flattered and proud of myself. My coaches’ words describing my commitment and progress made me more than happy.
I want to thank my incredible coaches for their amazing support, without them I won’t have succeeded the long runs that we did so far. I am now pleased to know that all my efforts are paid off and that I am on the right track to reach the 42k during the marathon.
My School Pulse
Since the beginning of the 542 program, I noticed that Beirut Marathon Association is working hard to make our Lebanon a better place. They want to guide our civilization and the next generations towards a better future. By organizing marathons, BMA is able to support critical causes from breast cancer, to handicapped people, to a healthy environment and a greener tomorrow. For instance, they helped My School Pulse Association to organize a 5k run in Faqra last Sunday. The aim of that NGO is to bring education for children at the hospitals. BMA encouraged all 542 runners to participate in that marathon and some of us went!
Thumbs up guys and girls, you made us very proud!
All the support and respect to the BMA team. Keep up the good work!
There is no word to describe my excitement and happiness in this 542 journey. When I run, I am always in a good mood. Running helps me refresh my mind and my body. It also brings positive vibes around all of us. The tough drills make us stronger and push us to be healthier. We run and fight together the long trails, being assured that it will lead us to a magical destination.
After a run, the whole world looks better.
Haytham is a young dynamic guy with a great personality. He is passionate about outdoor activities like football, jogging, and traveling. Seeing him pushing himself during our daily trainings motivates all of us to surpass ourselves too. Nowadays, his goal is to run the big marathon at his own pace non-stop.
Good luck Haytam. Keep the positive spirit up!