Flash forward ten years after...
I found myself standing in the midst of hundreds of runners at 4:30AM waiting for gunstart. This would have been my first race. My first 5K run.
How did I get in here?
That was what running through my mind.
Last year I
I started to run every weekend waking up at 4:30 in the morning. No, I'm not an early riser. I just don't like the idea of running under the scorching heat of the sun.
The weekend runs became three or four times a week which means I have to squeeze it in during my working days. After a few weeks it became a habit. It doesn't feel tiring anymore and I was happy doing it because I'm starting to see the results.
I lost 8lbs after a month and another 10lbs in about three months.
If I was being my old self, I would stop right there and then and go back to eating whatever and whenever I want to. I thought of taking a break from running coz I'm starting dread the sound of my alarm in the cold and wee hours of the morning. And that's when it hit me. I should take running to the next level.
I signed up for a fun run. Initially I was thinking of running the 3K. But my colleagues told me it's a no brainer as I've been running for almost a year now and that would be too easy. So I took the next category -- 5K.
I was being bold and arrogant to say the least. Most seasoned runners started their way off 3K. And here I am doing 5K for the first time ever!!!
So there I was standing on the starting line. This will be a true test of courage, endurance, motivation, perseverance and discipline.I know it would be difficult but I also know I can finish it.
My plan? I'll stick to the 5km/hr pace, which means I'm back in the finish line after an hour haha! And if I ran out of breath? I'll pull over to the side and walk! I'm not putting pressure on myself for this one. This is a fun run and it's supposed to be fun!
Before I knew it I was nearing the finish line in all smiles. Who would have thought I'd be doing this?
Personal time? 51 minutes & 39 seconds. I know that's not something to be proud of. Others did it in less than 30 minutes. But hey, I wasn't the last one :) There were a lot coming in after an hour! Not bad for a first timer:)
That's me happily bragging my certificate for everyone to see haha!
I'll do better next time. For now, I need to train more, continue and pursue my next goal : To trim half of my personal time in my next 5K run and someday go for the 10K! :)