11.6.15

Mind over matters ?


With the sundown half-marathon in 3 weeks time, I decided to run for 15KM for the rest of my training. I did my first 15KM run last Monday, after a warm-up run of 5KM on Sunday night. My leg muscles are fine after the Sunday run and after a 'rocky' start during the first 2KM, I beginning to run smoothly till the 10KM mark. And, that was the time where I started to feel tired and the struggle begins. hahahhaa... Gradually I am getting tired and did some walking but continue to run until I reached the 13KM mark. I felt like quitting as this juncture but since I set myself a goal to complete 15KM, I struggled on and tried to eliminate the negative thoughts with positive self-talk. Well, when you are tired, the mind too is tired and the negative thoughts will crept in. It was real tough from 13-15KM and I jogged really slow but glad I didn't give up and managed to complete the training. I ran for almost 2 hours. Anyway, after finishing the run, I was thinking how can I complete the 21KM half-marathon...hahaha... I guess I probably walk 6KM, with a little run, to the finishing line...ahahah...

I joined my colleagues the next day for a 5KM run and my leg muscles are really aching before the run. However,since I promised them, I thought 5KM should be allright. Anyway, by the time I reaches 3KM+, the same episode happened again. I really felt like quitting again as my muscles were really aching and I was tired too. Not sure if it's mind over matters but I will definitely walk if I feel tired during the event. Better don't take risk. :) Anyway, step by step, I managed to complete the run in 35 mins, with my colleagues waiting for me as they completed 5 mins earlier than me.

I went back to the gym for my workout tonight and did a relaxing 2 KM run on the treadmill. This is the most productive week for me and with another 2-3KM slow run on the treadmill tomorrow, I break my record of 30KM per week. Of course, this is kacang putih for the seasoned runners but that warrants a rewarding Sapporo Miso Ramen for me tonight.


Have a good mid-week and stay positive !! :)

29 comments:

  1. Oh I actually envy your endurance.. i don't even think i can run for 1km without feeling so exhausted... I used to jog every other day because I cannot perform it daily since my muscles and my joints aching that bad... maybe because I'm just a starter.. i easily get tired too so hopefully I'll get som improvements soon

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    1. Hi bluedreamer27 .... I am just a beginner too and not as good as the season runners. In addition , some runners receive coaching from the experts while I just run for fun. I also have muscles ached if I jogged daily as well as knee pains. Anyway, doing strength training might helps the lower core.

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  2. Yes, i guess it's mind over matter after all.. maybe that's the thing I need to apply to myself so I wouldn't feel so much pain or tiredness..// the ramen by the way looks yummy
    Have a great day to you ^_^

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    1. bluedreamer27 ... yeah, but then also have to listen to our body la... if its really tired then we have to stop.

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  3. That's how those kung fu people conquer pain, mind over matter - does not mean they are ok though, just temporarily not in pain. Not a good idea to force oneself and push beyond one's limits when doing anything - must train slowly...

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    1. STP - Yeah, thats why I only managed 15K so far instead of 20KM or 42KM... hahhahaha... I am quite lazy to train actually.

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  4. Oooo I see corn in your ramen, I think of something Sapporo already, and I'm right..

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    1. Princess - yup, its sapporo miso tonkotsu ramen.

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  5. I've a feeling onje day, you will achieve 42km run one day, hehe!

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    1. Xiao Ying - hopefully but half marathon already seems very tough. I may need professional help if I were to do full marathon.

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  6. Agree with 小影, you will achieve 42km run one day, 加油!!!

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  7. wow, suddenly I feel like ChrisAu is blogging like a professional runner like lina.. the way you both break down the KM and what-nots.. running does also need analysis for improvements and better performance.. :)

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    1. SK - hahaha..probably influence by lina and other runners' blogs.

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  8. kacang putih?? err, what you have done is not kacang putih to me leh, but a huge chestnut!! hahaha.. go go go, I think with more practice you are sure going further.. :)

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    1. SK - aiyo .. I m getting lazy already!

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  9. wow, ramen!! a bowl of hot miso ramen with sweet corn!! stay positive and look forward to another bowl during the weekend!! hehe~~ :p

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    1. SK - burp ...just had some Japanese food.

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  10. I am sure all that will be kacang putih to you some day :)

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  11. Wow! You are sure have the endurance and determination. Yes. Positive mind plays important part in this. Never give up.

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    1. Rose - I think need discipline. And, training alone is tough too.

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  12. I read also my legs went wobbly dy. I don't know how you can run so far and for 2 hours??!!

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    1. Merryn - hehehhe... your shopping already more than 2 hours I guess and I am sure I feel super tired!

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  13. Don't force yourself too much :)

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    1. Ken - No la.. I only trains once a week.

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  14. Adoi. My comments went missing or you deleted it?
    Yes mind power is so important to reach our goals. If I had none, I would not have climbed so many mountains like Mount Kinabalu and China's Mount Emei, Mount Jiuhua and Mount Hua etc etc. I get weak just to think back as it was tough. So I would just think and live today.
    So my advise before runs is to programme your mind before you start and you will achieve it.

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