Things to tell yourself when you see a hill

Few friends and I joined Vietnam Mountain Marathon over this weekend and it’s kind of special for me. Because there are many first about this event, first trail run event, first overseas sport event, first time to Hanoi and Sa Pa, first sport trip with friends and first half marathon distance for trail. So, it’s really memorable.

Although I (tried to) ran regularly preparing myself for this event, but it still wasn’t enough. As a result, when I poked myself at random place, most likely it’s a sore spot. #IDidNotSignUpForThis

You can check out the route in Vietnam Mountain Marathon website. To me, the highlight of the 21km is the first 7km stretch is a climb, second 7km is descend and last 7km is steep climb then (almost) flat to the finish line

So, during the climb I have plenty of time talking to myself (ha!)

1. What goes up, there will go down

And same thing goes, when goes down, will have time to go up. That’s the fun part than flat, right?

My motto, climb is okay, down is not okay. I stumped my toes, both left and right this time, so the down part is killing me. Uphill is tiring, but I kinda enjoy taking one step after another, and figuring out where to step and so on. I feel like I’m training to be a ninja. Just need to give me a shuriken to throw. #kidding

2. Just one more step

Sometimes I take my own sweet time to put one step. My butt is hurting, my legs are screaming, my heart is racing, but my brain and hands are having fun #weird

3. The only one you race with is yourself

Looking up and seeing people up there sometimes can be demoralizing, but it gives me a sense of relief too, that’s where I’ll go too. Don’t rush yourself. #OTOT = own time, own target.

Lastly, I’m so glad that I don’t do this alone. There are many times that having friends around gave you extra boost of energy. I think I’d give up halfway without them.

How about you? What do you tell yourself when you see a hill?

Bonus: here is the photo of the last hill (Mt. Silverstone) to the finish line

And to myself, next time, please practice more

The pain needed to grow

Back in 90s there is a TV show called “Growing Pains”, and I grew up watching it. I didn’t think much about the meaning of title back then.

Sometime ago, Ajahn Brahm also mentioned in one of his talks about growing pain.

Pain is usually associated with bad or negative energy, unpleasant feeling, and no one wants it. It’s not always about the physical pain like bruise, but it can be one too.

When you’re aiming to complete something but didn’t go smoothly.

For example, there are times at work when I was so caught up with the situation I’m in. I thought, why can’t we have a smooth work. There are many factors contributing to it, aren’t it?

Or when you’re trying to run a marathon, when you just want to finish it but your legs won’t just cooperate.

At first, those pains make me upset, disappointed or irritated. But I start to appreciate it as pit stop. When things just move smoothly, sometimes I tend to forget what happened around me.

Tired mind could be caused by ourselves, we think too much, or take the damage to ourselves. Muscle pain because we hardly exercise or we do it wrongly. So let’s embrace them.

As things are happened for a reason.

Do you have any growing pains moment lately?

To be a neighborhood Spider-Man 

Have you watched Spider-Man? Do you like it? 

This post might have some references to the movie so, spoiler ahead. I’m actually not a big fan of Spider-Man, but I saw a lot of positive reviews from my friends. So, I decided to give it a go. (*ahem* at least I can see RDJ) 

Overall, it’s very enjoyable to watch this Spider-Man movie. So, here are the 3 key things I learned from it

Continue reading “To be a neighborhood Spider-Man “

Mid year reflection

I did it..!!

And the rest are history.. below was my day

KM 22: I thought I signed up for 21km run? 

KM 21: the finish line is not here yet? 

KM 16: oh.. my.. it’s so hot. Legs are giving up, then heard someone called my name.. extra boost of power to the finish line! 

KM 15: yay.. 6 more to go.. but at this rate seem to exceed 21km. Should I go to toilet here or at the last U-turn? I think my left foot has blister.

KM 12: oh.. saw a familiar face on the other side. Then not long after that the 2:30 pacers.. let’s go! (And didn’t take long I lost sight of them) 

KM 10: see.. not bad isn’t it. You worry too much before the run worrywart. Oh.. it’s Pokémon XY Dream Power .. wohoo! Feels like someone gave me an energy ball. 

KM 6: finally I can find the pace I comfortable with then passing a runner who was walking. Suddenly that runner was started to run *stomp stomp* ah that surprised me. Not long after that back yo walking (=_=!) Another runner passed me and that runner, and he did the same thing trying to overtake the runner. But both of us were running contantly and in the end, he gave up overtaking.. interesting situation eh? 

KM 0: don’t you think you should stretch more? And ten thousands other questions popped, as if I have super long check list. 

🙂 

I have a very busy mind hey.. it’s “just” 21km. It’s not my first time, and I still have few more to go before year end. But somehow I still get the jittery before the run which I don’t get for the shorter distance. 

Flashing back, the longest run I ever ran was 2km which 5 laps in the running tracks, then 6km when I was running Yellow Ribbon with my colleagues. Then followed by Shape run 5km few years later. 

Anyway.. After 1 banana, 3 gels, plenty of energy drinks and water, 2 toilet breaks, 2 Grab rides, BIGBANG and anime OST as running playlist, 3 hours of running, I finished the race. 

Oh wait.. 1 meals, 1.5 hours of Japanese class, 40 mins MRT ride and 10 mins walk, I *finally* completed the “race”. 

For all the pain, will I still do it again? Yes. I really curious whether the not-so-athletic me will be able to complete full marathon and triathlon. It looks like still long way(yyyyy) to go, but through each event, I learn to know more about myself. 

Nothing to lose

My sensei said, when we are worried about something big like exam, don’t be. Just ダメもと (dame moto).

Dame moto is short form of ダメでもともと (dame de moto moto) which means nothing to lose. 

Even if you fail the exam, doesn’t mean our ability decrease. We just go back to square one or our original state. 

When we never challenge ourselves, how can we tell we are growing? 

My “you’ll thank me later” moment

It’s almost 2 weeks ago since I started a new habit to wake up earlier and allocate some time to do some drills in the morning before taking shower. 

I have no issue waking up in the morning (most of the days) but there are times when I just want to play my game longer in the evening before going to bed. And I find it hard to wake up in the morning. 

So, there are times when I dragged myself out of bed, with my brain pulling up all sort of cards to keep myself in bed, to fulfil the plan. 

As a result, I feel accomplished throughout my day because of the completing the small self-bestowed mission. 

The brain likes to pull this card before my exercise time. But brain also likes the refreshed feeling after exercising. Difficult to please eh.. 

Anyway, thanks to not listening to brain by pushing through the original plan, brain is actually benefited from this. 

This reminds me that sometime ago I always have pain on my left knee when I run more than 10km. I was inspired to be able to run full marathon and I was thinking if I should change my dream because my left leg won’t be able to take it. 

But I went ahead to run my first HM and sore for the whole week. 

Long story short, I still run as per today. 

What I learned from this is, there will be times when we doubt ourselves. When we faced our first road block, when we failed for the first time, when everything seems to tough or something didn’t turn out as what we want it to be. But! Keep going. Take a rest if you feel you need to, take smaller steps. Just keep going.. 

And “you’ll thank me later” moment will follow 🙂

Happy weekend! 

Mind channeling

Mental contentment is to accept situation beyond our control and channel the negative energy to a positive thoughts (tri_spirit)

A quote I saw last week which reminds me that how tough the situation is, it’s up to me how I will act on it. 

So, I’m telling myself, if I have some worries and can’t get it out from my head, rather than worrying it or panicking, let’s go out, do some jogging or swimming or cycling or maybe just walking. Get my head refreshed and maybe I have idea how should I do to solve it.

And another quote is

I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big. (Donald Trump)

Happy 26th week

This week is a mark of half a year in 2015. Time flies isn’t it? 

I hope everyone is doing well! With all of your resolution. 

I found a little encouragement from WordPress, a reminder that I started blogging 6 years ago.  wordpress achievement
Second half of the year, please be kind to me. 🙂