I thought 10 K run would be the conclusion of my ambition but wait...there's more! I had a desire of running half marathon and I asked myself, would that be too much? That would mean more time and effort. Furthermore, I wouldn't be challenged if I won't join any forthcoming marathon to push me to train for it! So I registered to the Condura Skyway Marathon under the 21 K category. For me, it looks so scary especially when I imagined the route which I will go through. First day of training and a month before the race, I went for a 15K run but the next day my back injury beat me. I was so frustrated and worried, I went for an injury treatment for six sessions and the positive news was when my doctor told me that running is not restricted, and it gave me hope! Yes, there's pain, but I just ignored it. I practiced yoga and did a lot of house works as my cross training, I ran in the rain, I trekked to increase my physical and moral strength. No pain, no gain!
The big day came! It was still dark, all participants were warming up. I was having jitters and my left foot was hurting! Seriously? At 3:30 AM, the starting pistol fired, I prayed and kept my "mind over matter" habit in my mind. It's a long road and arriving at the half-way point was already a big relief! My body was aching and legs were tired but I have to put in my mind that I'm not done yet. I entertained myself by listening to the music, by singing, talking to my running buddy, laughing, reading billboards, counting buildings and waited for the sun to rise but it rained! As I approach the finish line it made me run faster and the moment I stepped on it, I leaped... breathed deeply then victoriously exhaled all my remaining energy! Two hours and forty five minutes when I looked at the timer, not bad for me, at least I arrived alive! For me, the finisher shirt and the medal are tokens reminding of me of hard work, patience and determination. Running makes me happy and free from all the things which holds me back. It gives me freedom! Running has taught me how to wait patiently for the crowning glory, a thing that I can practice not only during the marathon but in every situations in my life. I don't compete with anybody, my only opponent is myself and nobody else. And that's a challenge! What's next? I don't know.
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