It’s been quite a long time since I last talked about running. And yesterday was such a big shock for me about my running ability:)
Guess what? I finished a 10-kilometer marathon yesterday morning with my hosts, Yoshida-san, Rie-san and other two GRIT members, Ishikawa-san and Nakamura-san. Frankly, never in my life before had I thought that I could ever run that far or spend time for running in general:) And that’s why I was surprised at myself for being able to complete the marathon.
Actually, it has many things in common with overcoming a general challenge or finishing a difficult task that we think we would not be able to do. As I mentioned in my previous posts, I am not into running and one of the reasons is that because I am not a good runner. Seriously I prefer going for a walk or wandering around slowly to running as walking gives me more time to enjoy the scenery and think about something I want. But with running? No. I am too tired to care about anything other than hoping the run to end as soon as possible:)
When Yoshida-san registered the 10-kilometer marathon for me, I was thinking :”Ok I will try but maybe 5 or 6 kilometers is my maximum. 10? No way!” Although sometimes I ran with Yoshida-san and one time could reach 5 kilometers but my running has been delayed for about 1 months recently due to various reasons (or simply I was too lazy) so everything just came back to the start. I felt my body heavy and tired to death again whenever I had to run even just for 20 meters (^.^) And I also walked a lot during my 2-day trip to Osaka right before the marathon day with a very tight schedule so yes, no more energy left for running:) I kept asking myself on the train back to Nagoya: “Oh my god tomorrow morning is the marathon. I want to finish it because it’s my last marathon in Japan but HOW???? My legs are so tired now. Can I do it or not??? I really really don’t know.”
And before I had the answer for my questions, the morning came and we had to go. It was a cold and windy morning. I liked it. But sunny. Not so good. I have headache everytime I am under the sun for a while, and this time it’s nearly 2 hours. I still thought I couldn’t finish the marathon and maybe all people who know me would have the same thought:) The whole marathon was divided into 7 rounds (1.5 kilometer each) and every runner was given 6 rubber bands to drop off one by one after each round (once they finished the 7th round they just needed to run towards the goal).
We started at 10a.m. Not long after the starting moment I realized that I was at the end of the group but ok, just kept my own pace and remained it as long as I could. Actually I didn’t pace up during the whole marathon as I knew if I pushed myself too hard I would be exhausted very soon and couldn’t continue. As I ran slowly, I could enjoy the beautiful scenery of that area and it was such an motivation to keep my body moving ahead. Of course it was very tiring but after I finished one round and stopped for a few moments to drink water and tight my hair again, I felt like my energy coming back and I could run more. And just like that I started a new round. Sometimes when I felt too tired I walked about 3 meters and ran again, but only once or twice during each round. When I noticed that there were only 1 rubber band left on my wrist, I thought: “OMG Lien I think you can do it. Let’s just try to finish what you begin.” Then I started the 6th round and after finishing it I felt like my legs could not move any more meter. But only 1 round left. I was so close and I didn’t want to regret. At that time Yoshida-san, Rie-san and Ishikawa-san had already finished. When I met them Ishikawa-san said she would run my last round with me. It should have been the most tiring one but as I kept thinking “This is the last one. Just finish it and you don’t have to run anymore.”, I felt stronger and finally could reach the goal (^o^).
How did I feel after that? Strange. “Really Lien? You’ve just finished a 10-kilometer marathon?” Just couldn’t believe it! But will I continue running by myself? Let me think about it!:)
In short, I think life is always full of unbelievable things so when we’re afraid that we are not able to do something because it seems too hard for us, let’s simply follow Nike’s famous slogan: “Just do it!” (^.^) Whether we are successful or not, at least we have tried!