I Can Go The Distance

The longest marathon I successfully completed was ‘The Lord of The Rings’ trilogy. 9 hours non-stop excluding directors commentary.

I was never a runner in school. Not long-distance at least. I can sprint for 100 meters but that’s about it.

Actually I’m more of the girl who hands out the water bottles to the people running the marathon.

I used every excuse in the book to get out of cross-country with my classmates.

I would join the Red Cross and be the first to sign up for medical assistance during any running events so I wouldn’t have to participate. That’s the funny part because I never paid attention in Red Cross training either so when someone on the track fainted I bolted and was nowhere to be found. Relax, I wasn’t stupid, I didn’t take the emergency kit with me.

Now that I’m joining the Neon Run. I’m adamant on making sure I’m fit and ready to run this race.

So first things first. How do I prepare for the race?

Bear in mind the following are also tips on reducing the risk of injury before the marathon.

Physical

Internal:

What are the foods that are high in energy and low in calories?

Fruits, eggs, low-starch veggies like celery, cabbage, onions, breasts; turkey et chicken, salmon, yoghurt, almonds and other nuts.

Cut down on rice and bread.

If I must snack, snack on dark chocolate and energy bars.

Keep self fully hydrated.

External:

Sufficient warm up and warm down exercises.

As much as there’s a want to run everyday, give time for the body to recuperate between training days.

Mental

Figure out what is the driving force.

The tip is to keep the eye on the prize, the finish line.

It’s not about the medal, it’s about finishing the race.

If I’m driven by the medal or weight loss, I will not make it, because that isn’t substantial enough to sustain me throughout 7 km.

Emotions

Keep all negative emotions at bay.

Meditate on ‘I can go the distance through Christ who gives me strength’.

Now soak, rinse and repeat for 7 km.

Shoes

BuyWear comfortable shoes.

Spiritual

Pray without ceasing

Though to look beyond the glory is the hardest part, if I honestly ask myself, I’m driven by two one things:

The fact that this race is a testimony that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

To prove to the guy who told me earlier this year, ‘You can never run a marathon’, that I can do this.

With this in mind, I cannot get distracted by anything while I’m running.

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me, the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

Acts 20:24

I know every mile will be worth my while.

Blinders ON!

Neon Run Update:

Links below for more articles on marathon training:

Marathon Rookie

Run Britain

On a completely irrelevant side note: How could you be so cruel?!

Thinking of: How I’m sick of all your ‘effing lies, da*n Ramadhan bazaars tempting me with all their delicious food,  Hercules, my meeting tomorrow, Copanga and the ish he will tell you to mess with your mind.