Posts Tagged ‘marathon’

On hold

I sort of saw it coming, but coming into this program, I don't think I'll be able to run any marathons this year. It sort of kills me to even come to that decision, but due to the full time nature of training for one and the amount of assignments coming in from school, I think it would be best if I put it on hold until the dust settles for a bit. Still hoping I'll be able to hit my goal for the 10K this year, but we'll see what happens I guess.

Posted: January 18th, 2015
Categories: Life, School
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San Francisco

I’m sitting in a coffee shop somewhere in downtown San Francisco right now. Decided that I wanted to travel solo here earlier this year. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now, and I guess partly out of necessity – when I told my friends I was coming down here to run a marathon, they thought I was crazy. And also because I had never traveled on my own before. Being in my late 20’s it was probably long overdue. But after a couple of days into this trip, I’m glad I did it.

It’s not like I don’t enjoy travel companions, and I don’t think I’d recommend this to anyone – some people need to feed off of someone else in order to enjoy new experiences that traveling has to offer. But maybe I’m a little different. I guess it’s because I’m a bit of an introvert, and for most of my life I’ve been a bit of a loner. I don’t have any problems being alone, and the majority of the time I never get bored when I’m by myself. That’s probably why I enjoy running, but anyways.

I also wanted to go out on my own because for a while now, I’m not sure that I’ve been really myself. There’s been a lot going on this past year that I’ve had to try and sort out, I’ve always seen going out of town as a form of therapy. I don’t think I’ve truly disconnected myself from home – impossible – but just for a couple of days, if I could experience living a life different than the one I left behind, then I say mission accomplished.

Tomorrow I’ll be running my first out of town marathon at an ungodly 5:45 AM start time. I love to travel and I love to run. When you combine the two, you get one hell of an adventure.

Posted: July 26th, 2014
Categories: Globetrotting, Life
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My next marathon

Istanbul or Perth? Will be traveling alone.

Posted: May 20th, 2013
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Before 30

I made a mental list in my head a few years ago of the things I wanted to do before I hit 30. Go backpacking around Europe. Go skydiving. Get lost in Tokyo. I had a bunch of shit down that sounded cool in my head but would later die off as life went on. But one of those things that I wanted to experience in my relatively unspectacular life was to do a marathon.

At the time I had just completed my first Sun Run event, a 10K run that I ran in a little over an hour and had hastily trained for. I was 23, barely in shape and at the time accomplished very little. I wanted to do exciting shit I told myself. The Sun Run, while an achievement at the time, felt insignificant and minor. I thought about doing a marathon as one of those pie in the sky things to consider, something that I’d love to do but would be such a significantly long term goal that I didn’t think too seriously about it. But I told myself I’d do it before I’m 30.

At 26 I just finished my first marathon yesterday, four years earlier than I expected.

This was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. For the first time since I started doing this sport, I thought about quitting. At the 30K mark, my knees were in bad shape, my left calf was starting to show signs that it might cramp up and my groin was wearing down. But I thought back to everything that led up to that moment: the seven months in the rain, freezing temperatures and spending almost $1000 on physio bills for injuries that almost derailed everything. I thought about that shit. I realized I had come too far. And I told myself that I was not going to stop, I wasn’t going to walk. I was going to run the whole damn thing. And I was going to kill myself just to cross that finish line.

That last kilometer, I started crying. And when I hit the last 250M, I must of been running by myself because I had people all around me calling me out by name telling me to keep going. And I cried even more. Then it was over.

If you told me 10 years ago that I was going to do a marathon, let alone run 10K without stopping, I would have told you you were nuts. I sat on the curb afterwards with my head down and I hadn’t immediately realized what I just did. This entire journey to get to where I did was long and filled with pain. I just didn’t think it was going to be as emotional for me as it was that day.

Posted: May 6th, 2013
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Out of the blue

Completed my 3rd Sun Run today. One word: fulfilling. Nothing is more satisfying than running a personal best in a sport like this.

Next up is the marathon in two weeks, and I can’t wait for it. Not because I look forward to running an entire 42K stretch of pavement – which, by the way, I have never done during training – but because my body is falling apart at the seams here. Another month of this shit and I’m probably going to lose my knees.

For the prize.

Posted: April 21st, 2013
Categories: Life, Randomness
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