I have been an avid runner for many years. Today is the annual Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, an event that I have not missed for the past 14 years.
I have tried full marathons, half marathons, and shorter runs, but my favourite running distance is the half marathon. 21km is a distance that isn’t too long that I have to stop and walk, but yet it requires a state of mind to push on.
Imagine waking up at 3am, paying inflated prices for private hire cars to get to the event venue and squeezing with strangers in the starting pen that probably feels like being in a pig pen.
Running a race gives you a tangible target to achieve. Probably the reason why I continue to join Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon is that it gives me a tangible reason to run – run for a medal, a certificate and a personal timing record. It also feels good to record an achievement towards the end of a year too!
Running clears up my mind. When I run, I focus on my breathing and pace. Everything disappears from my mind. The mind gets ‘reboot’ during the run and after that, it is fresh to function again.
Running requires a game plan. Running can be a game of strategy for you to achieve a personal target timing. By understanding your own running habit and stamina, you can have a game plan by setting interval target times and distance milestone to achieve, with the goal of completing the run within your personal target time.
Running instills discipline. Giving up in a middle of a run is always easy. But it takes a lot of determination and discipline to be able to complete a long distance run. The discipline from running can serve you well in different aspects of your life.
Running brings you to new places and see new things. During my runs, I get to see new property developments and infrastructure projects that are taking place in an ever-changing landscape of Singapore.
Running exposes you to different kind of people and personality. When you run in an event like Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, you are surrounded by many different runners who tell different stories about themselves. Some aggressive runners tend to start fast, and after a while, you catch up with them and see them walking. Some are slow and steady. From running, you can tell a lot about the character of a person.
That’s all for now. I shall go and rest my tired body, and maybe plan for my next run soon.