Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Going from whining about running a mile to running 20 miles like a champ in one year - That's me! And I am somewhat proud of myself:) Running long distances is not easy, at least for a non-athletic person like me but it is now that I am learning to enjoy it. The aches and pains, soreness, blisters, muscle tears, bad chaffing leaving behind ugly marks, sun burns etc - long distance running comes with all of this. Sometimes I have to wonder: Is this the torture that we are subjecting to our body, which leaves us feeling happy and excited, once we are done? Well, I feel humans like taking challenges by nature. Challenging yourself to do something strenuous or something that you never thought you could, gives you the happiness. Excellent way to relieve your stress and feel rejuvenated. Last weekend when I ran my longest ever, 20 miles, I was very excited about it since I finished strong and I could have never imagined myself running that distance. Took me less than 4 hours with walk breaks. I never registered for the popular marathon in Sacramento in December: CIM (California International Marathon), thinking that I can never go beyond half-marathon (13.1 miles) distance. And now it is too late since CIM is full. But never mind, there is always a next time. I will train myself again for this torture!:) I am enjoying training for marathon with my running group.