I have always loved long distance running since I was young and it has always stayed that way till I reached adulthood. You know, it’s really common to see people putting on a bunch of weight once they began their corporate life and fitness goals get thrown out of the window. That’s how I had a hiatus from running for almost 8 years.
It all changed one day when I was waving goodbye to my colleague and she made a snide remark which was a life-changer for me – “Oh my Eva, look at those jiggly fats on your arms!” Thank you very much for that and there I go, determined to get my fitness regime (and of course that nice silhouette) back on track again. Well, I know that sounds really superficial but I guess these are the things that make women tick.
I remember fondly, that first occasion when I started running again – I could barely cover 200m and I was as white as sheet (almost to the point of fainting) at the end of that gruelling torture. But I was very resolute about it and I know the only way to get through it is to bite the bullet and go through it. I started to increase the frequencies of my runs per week – from 200m, I was soon able to raise it to 2km, 5km and before I knew it, I was running 10km, half and full marathons.
Running marathons are tough, no doubts about that. Strangely, whenever I reach the 6km mark, I start to miss my bed, I feel light-headed and I question myself on why am I putting myself through these sufferings. And that’s when l’ll need to battle all those negative emotions, press on and I have to say, these are good trainings to build up our resilience, endurance and discipline. Just keep going and you will cross the finishing line eventually. That would be the best feeling ever.
What I talk about when I talk about running – this is authored by Haruki Murakami where he wrote about the thoughts that went through his mind whenever he ran marathons.
Lots of stuff go through my head these days whenever I run:
- I think of work – reflecting on matters that I could have done better and I try to formulate sales strategies as well. Somehow my mind seems to work better during that window and I usually find myself more productive the next day at work as there’s renewed goals to act on.
- I plan weekend activities for Jude – I like to engage Jude in active play experiences and that include beach activities, painting/drawing sessions in the comfort of our home and participating in neighbourhoods’ family events. The objective is for him to have a blast of a good time during his growing up and that’s what I had when I was little.
- I look back in life – I find a lot of peace whenever I run and that’s when I always remind myself to be grateful for whatever I have and to always live in the present. Living among the hustle and bustle of city life that we are in, I feel that we tend to miss out on the simple pleasures and to a certain extent, fail to appreciate life as we set our minds in achieving material wants. In a way, I discover more about myself.
On the physical front, I have never felt and looked better – I love the glow after each run and for the rest of the day, I would take the conscious effort to eat healthily although I do have my cheat days too.
I did slackened quite a bit after the birth of my son 3 years ago and I have set a strategy to keep at it for 2018 – I signed up for 3 marathons right at the start of the year and that would keep me covered till June 2018.
If you are pondering about making that first step to run, my advice is – Do it and it could be your best decision yet.
“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Say you’re running and you think, ‘Man, this hurts, I can’t take it anymore. The ‘hurt’ part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand anymore is up to the runner himself.”
― Haruki Murakami