sevgi ceyda

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalia de Castro


“Running has always been a relief and a sanctuary—something that makes me feel good, both physically and mentally. For me it’s not so much about the health benefits. Those are great, but I believe that the best thing about running is the joy it brings to life.” Kara Goucher


17 October 2010 – the day for 33rd Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasia Marathon. The day I started running. 8K run. My first “serious” run. I don’t know how me and my running buddy Zey ended up in the start line of İstanbul Marathon. We were both sophomores in Sabanci University. Both of us into sports and neither of us originally from Istanbul. The idea of crossing the Bosphorus Bridge (one of the two bridges in Istanbul connecting Europe and Asia) on foot was charming enough. Hence, crossing continents on foot! 

2010 – ran 8K

2011 – signed up for a 15K – successfully done!

2012 – time to push the limits – let’s try a Half Marathon = 21K! Finished ANTALYA Half Marathon (RUNTALYA).

That was not enough. Running a half marathon motivated me. I started to enjoy my runs more and more.  I was looking forward to my next runs. Here they go -> İZNİK 10K in April 2012 and BOZCAADA 10K in May 2012.

October 2012 – I moved to Oxford. New “temporary” home. Best way to explore a new city? Running! OXFORD Half Marathon!

2013 – my running buddy visited me in Oxford. We ran in the TOWN&GOWN OXFORD 10K together after a year.

2014 – Another half marathon. Again in ANTALYA. This time with a more serious training. Completed 21K in 2:03:00. That is my personal best so far. Now my focus is on beating my personal record and running a half marathon under 2 hours.

Nowadays running is almost like a natural part of my daily programme. Enjoying it! 

My pre-planned 2014 running events calendar (all are in Turkey):

27 April 2014 – BODRUM GLOBAL RUN 15K

1 June 2014 – ESKISEHIR 10K


2 November 2014 – BÜYÜKADA NEW BALANCE RUN 11.2K

9 November 2014 – ATHENS MARATHON 10K

16 November2014 – ISTANBUL MARATHON 15K

2015 Running Calendar:

1 March 2015 – RUNATOLIA Half-Marathon

10 May 2015 – BIG BERLIN 25K

30 May 2015 – ULTIMATE CUNDA 16K


Running is becoming one of my passions. (Just like traveling). I am not running to win. I am not fast. I run because I enjoy it. I love the freedom of running.

Follow my blog to share my running experiences. I will be writing about my races and pre-post run adventures.


5 comments on “Running

  1. kosukadini
    July 21, 2014

    Sevgi! Also I am eager to hear about your running experience in Ankara 😉 Chers!

  2. Fuat
    October 2, 2015

    Merhaba Sevgi, thanks for sharing your thoughts on our common passion for running. Was very pleasant to read your story and race experiences. Hope to see you in Istanbul Marathon coming November which will be my 4th Marathon after Seoul, Strasbourg and Paris. And if you still hesitate for your first marathon registration, don’t forget: pain is temporary, pride is forever !

    • Sevgi Ceyda
      October 2, 2015

      Merhaba Fuat!
      Thank you for taking the time to read and share your thoughts. I signed for the Istanbul Marathon but for 15K. Maybe full marathon in 2016, we’ll see 😉 You seem like an experienced marathon runner! Great! Enjoy your 4th marathon in Istanbul! 🙂

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