I have never been a long distance runner. In school, I was a sprinter and my personal best for the 100 meters was 12.3 seconds, believe it or not. But that was when I was some 100 lbs lighter. I also used to run the 2.4 km below 12 ½ minutes but these days I struggle to run one km under 7 minutes. While I reminisced the days when I actually did 10 km runs in Singapore, I have not been able to run half that distance non stop ever since I outgrew my 29 inches pants.
My workout routine nowadays are confined one lap of a 1.5 km walk around Chatin lake near my office, followed by a 1.5 km run and finished with two laps walk around the lake totaling 3 km. May would do much better than me by running 3 laps and walk 1 lap.
Apr 18 – I started my usual 1.5 km walk to warm up before switching to a run. After the first lap, I told myself that I could do another and I pushed myself to do it. At the end of that lap, I continued running. In my heart, I wanted to complete a 3rd lap non stop. My mind kept psyching myself. I started counting my steps to distract my mind. Halfway round the lake, my back started to ache. My running slowed down to a slow trot but I kept on. Somehow the ache in my back seemed to be magnified with every step that I took. But 400 meters before the end, I caught my second wind. I started to pick up speed again and completed the 3 laps around the Chatin lake totaling 4.5 km.
It was the only the second time in a year that I managed to complete a 4.5 km run and believe me, it was milestone for me. Next milestone has to be a 6 km run.
I was tired and soaking wet but it felt good. My wish would be that by April 18, 2009, I would complete a 10 km run. Must “Jia You”.