Wednesday, 10 December 2014

My feelings for running the full marathon

Running a marathon is an experience that's difficult to put into words, but is such a physically demanding challenge and one of the most incredible experiences I will ever had. It is one of the reasons I am going back again.
On 7 December 2014 I ran the Standard Chartered Full Marathon in Singapore. It was my 3rd full marathon. The weather was so hot that I have to run with my shirt off. I kept running till I hit my "Wall"! When you feel bad at 15km, you're in trouble. If you feel bad at 35km, you are normal. If you don't feel bad at 42km, you're abnormal. So I'm normal that I hit my "Wall" at 32km ( ha ha ha just kidding), but I really hit my "Wall " at 32kkm. This occurs when the  body completely drained of all physical, emotional and mental strength. Every fiber in my legs feels totally used up, and they hurt clear to the bone. The best way I can describe it is that it feels like someone just placed a 20kg sandbag on my back. Without even realizing it, I find myself walking. My body simply refuses to listen to my brain any more. I sat down a side to do some stretching and kept telling myself you have to run whether it is a moment that last for 4 hours or 6 hours, no one can bring me down. I don't think about the miles that are coming down the road, I don't think about the mile I'm on right now, I don't think about the miles I've already covered. I think about what I'm doing right now. Keep running!!
It was a long way home.. After more than 6 hours I reached the finish line. For anyone that has braved a marathon, I'm sure you relate to the constant battle that is your internal conversation. Sometimes you think you're going crazy and other times you think you are on top of the world, but once you cross that finish line., every km leading up to those 42km is worth every back toenail you lost.
The thirst I felt in my throat and lungs will be gone minutes after the race is over. The pain in my legs within days,  but the glory of my finished will be last forever.


My full marathon in 2012 and 2013
You will tell yourself you will never run a marathon again. You will. You will strive to beat your time. You will train harder than last time and if it doesn't pay off, you will keep trying until you get there. You will learn what it's like to try to improve upon yourself. 


During the training for a marathon and after, you will be surprised by your endurance. Training makes you do things you have never done before.




Sure, you may not be able to walk or sit down properly for a few days, but the long-term effects will last forever. You will never regret running that marathon.


5 comments:

  1. Ashley another victory you brought to us. Yappy !

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  2. Ashley thank you for your sharing in the full marathon.

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  3. Have always been admiring marathon runners because they all possess strong mental endurance...

    Way to go Ashley!

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  4. running a full marathon is not easy at all! GOOD JOB! Thanks for the motivation

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