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Name: Brunna DaSilva
Class Standing: Senior

Major: Psychology
Beyond the Beach Marathon, First Place in the Women’s Half-Marathon

 

Brunna DaSilva was born and raised in Brazil until the age of 18, when she moved to Florida to learn English. While in Florida, DaSilva never ceased to pray for her dream, which was to come to Andrews University to become a community psychologist. DaSilva is currently fulfilling her dream— pursuing psychology in her final year at Andrews University. In her free time, she enjoys cooking (She is raw vegan-certified chef) and traveling.

When DaSilva turned 20, she made a commitment to herself that she would challenge herself to test her comfort zone and try something new every year. Two months before the Beyond the Beach Marathon in Gary, Ind., DaSilva’s friend, who had been training already, challenged DaSilva to join her in her first half-marathon.

How did you train for the half-marathon? What was your daily schedule, your eating plans, etc.?  
I trained for seven weeks around campus alternating between jogging, walking and running. I was usually running six miles each hour. My diet consisted of eating a hearty breakfast filled with nuts, fruits and vegetables. I cut back on my dinners, focusing more on fruits, water and tea instead. Weekends were my cheat days. Everybody knows Sabbath calories don’t count. In total I lost 10 pounds in seven weeks while training!

What half-marathon were you training for and what did you place?
I ran a half-marathon in the Beyond the Beach Marathon, a total of 13.1 miles, placing first place in the women’s category, completing the marathon in one hour, 57 minutes, and eight seconds.

Do you have any more marathons or races in the future?
I want to keep running marathons, even though I honestly hate running, but I want to push myself out of my comfort zone. I want to keep running one in the fall and spring until I run a total of 50 marathons.

Why do you want to keep running even though you hate running?
I compare running to my major and career. I have a bigger goal than my instant gratification, for example, like Advanced Statistics. Nobody likes taking Advanced Statistics but it’s one of the classes I have to take to achieve my real goal of being a community psychologist. Likewise, with running, the path isn’t pleasurable but I’m doing it for the end results to stay healthy, lose weight and challenge myself. I actually want to encourage people to try to do things you don’t like and put in the work to things you aren’t willing to do.

What did this experience teach you?
Sometimes we don’t think we can do it because other people are better than us but I have to keep reminding myself to not compare myself with other people. Everything is possible and I have a choice to do anything—including running, even though I hate it.

 

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