Wrote this the night I finished my first Full Marathon, exactly a month ago. Left it in the draft since then. #tldr
I‘ve a very long history with running. I started running in early 2014. And it took me 5 years to finally convince myself to register for Full Marathon. Though finishing FM 42KM within 5h30m may look slow for some people, but 5 years ago, I started with finishing my first 10K within 1h20m and my first HM 21KM within 3h11m.
I stopped running for awhile when I first came to the UK in 2016. But, life was so busy with work and exams in 2017, and running activity came to the rescue and became a really good distraction. Pushed myself too hard, not only I excessively lost weight for almost 20KG just within few months, I also suffered with leg injury that I have to stop running for almost 6 months for the recovery.
A lot of life lessons can be learned with just running a marathon.
Like a marathon, (unless you’re an athlete, but) life never meant to be a race. Run at your own pace, not others’ - because you yourself know your own capabilities. In both marathon and life, you’re actually competing with nobody, but yourself - the old you. Thus, always try your best to become a better person today than you were yesterday.
Although the finishing line is always the ultimate target for runners, still doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the scenery throughout the run. Similar to our life, despite all the targets/goals/aims we have in our life, always remember that life itself is a journey, not a destination.
Throughout the marathon, run if you can. If you can’t run then jog. If you can’t jog then walk. But what ever you do, always keep moving forward. And stop/quit is not an option.
And most importantly, it’s normal, in both life and marathon, for you to suffer with pain and injuries. Don’t push yourself too hard, be patient and always give yourself some time. Remember, there’s nothing in this world that time can’t heal - time is the best healer.
Towards a balanced life; physical, spiritual, intellectual.
Pic: First time experiencing ‘hit-the-wall’ after the 30th++ KM. No joke, it hurts. #mentalkoyak
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