April 5, 2016 by Soo Ee
I turn forty this year. I am running 40 races and I am one quarter done.
I realised that no matter how old one gets, learning happens all the time.
Like how it is never too late to know that…
… two hours of sleep the night before a 21 km race won’t cut it. Your body will be out of sync. Your heart will palpitate abnormally. The run will feel like a torture.
… the air conditioning system at home should not be taken for granted. I spent the night before 2 XU at some place else and there was no air conditioning there. Sleep eluded me for hours. My head hurt throughout the run.
… race anxiety is normal but it is important to know beforehand what keeps you zen. Presence of specific people, going to the loo before the race, eating a banana etc. What keeps you zen will keep you calm and focused.
… thinking about breakfast is an awesome motivation to keep going. I reckon that if I finish ahead of most people, the breakfast places that I want to have my breakfast won’t be crowded and I won’t have to wait too long to eat. So I keep going strong!
… white running tees will have visible sweat stains. Accept that.
… cold water at hydration points is a luxury that will be celebrated with a good finish.
… one should always stay focused and alert even when tired. Some point in the middle of the race, a man tried to over take some people and ended up tripping another lady who fell against the metal railing. OUCH! During my last 2 km, I was sprinting to the finish line when a guy 2m in front of me stopped suddenly and I almost crashed right into him. I managed to cushion the crash by extending my hands out in front of me and bumped him away.
… despite the repeating Singapore running routes, the races here are as enjoyable as the ones overseas because my friends are running too!
They say ‘活到老学到老’. I say ya to that.