Sunday, 6 December 2015

It's all about mental power

While writing this post I am on the way to the Standard Chartered 42km Marathon. I want to share my thoughts today as this year is quite different compared to the past few ones that I have particpated. It is not about the race but the training time. I was left with a short 1 month training which is 5 months lesser than my usual 6 months plan due to the recent haze issue.
This was a test to my limits. Usually 2 weeks before the marathon date I would have completed 15km and 21km concurrently but I did not achieve that this year. I only manage to run 10km at the last week. I should have ample rest and well prepared for the run but the haze restricted my training at East Coast Park. I have no choice but to run on the trackmill in the gym but got really bored after hitting 10km. 10km was my maximum because I don't feel motivated to run at the same spot which gradually makes me feel lazy.
After the haze is gone, it is already the start of October. During that period of time I was very occupied with many food tasting sessions and events. I did not have enough time to train. At that point of time it seems quite impossible to complete the race. So where do I get my confidence from? It is actually all about the inner capabilities. (Mental power) I told myself should I give up so easily? No, when I have set my mind to do it, I will make sure I can finish and succeed, I like the sense of accomplishment, it makes me feel mentally stronger. It is also not my character to run away from an obstacle because there will be more of such unpredictable events in life that I have to overcome in the future.
Although I only took 1 month to train, but if I  manage to complete the race today, it meant that my past few years of consistent gym training and run routines did not go down to drain, my stamina has been kept well. Whether I am able to push my boundaries or not depends on my fitness level and a positive mindset. Today I woke up feeling energised and ready to take on this challenge. All the best to the other runners out there!

6 comments:

  1. All Blue. Is that your lucky color?

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  2. All Blue. Is that your lucky color?

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  3. My boyfriend went to for the Stan Chart marathon also! Can I ask what is the average timing for guys?

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  4. I think it's great you share a part of your life with us! Very inspiring! Wish I have the same motivation as you to run a full marathon

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  5. I trained for one month also cannot run a full marathon. You're awesome!

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  6. good life start with good attitude, keep it up Ahsley!

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