If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride, and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards. – Paul Bryant
Just did my first long distance run yesterday. 21KM in 3 and a half hour.
Not an impressive feat. And I am not ashamed to say that I walked more than I jogged.
Considering that I am pretty late in my preparation for Standard Chartered Marathon end of the year. But the sayings remain true – it is better late than never.
What lessons did I learn?
It is easier to run consistently. It takes up much much more energy to start running once you have stopped, whether you are stopping at traffic lights or stopping to catch a breath. Running at Park Connectors is easier than running along busy roads.
There are many runners or joggers on the road. There are the youngsters, those who are still serving NS. There are also the elderly, struggling to keep up. There are also the plump who are trying to lose weight. Regardless, each is fighting their own battle. Be kind to them, give them a smile, and give them your encouragement for them to carry on forward.
When you hit plateau, or when you hit the wall, just say to yourself – run to the next tree. Just hit the next lamp post. Just keep pushing, just for that one little bit more.
You will be tempted to quit. Not once, not twice. But many times along the way. Remind yourself, what is your end goal? Why did you choose to run? It is OK to walk slower. Ask yourself, do you want to quit?
Whatever you do, please please please, listen to your body. Running should be recreational. And marathon is a strenuous activity. Get professional and medical advice before embarking.