The reasons we run

The reasons we run

We all have our own reasons why we run, why we take part in marathons, after marathons, after marathons…

What is mine? Well, honestly, I don’t know now… I only remember that I wanted to challenge myself when I sign up for my first marathon in 2010. I wasn’t really prepared for it, and end up I did not complete the marathon, I gave up at 35km due to a calf strain after walking from 25km. I felt quite lousy, and vowed to complete the next one. The opportunity came, and it was the Sundown marathon, and keeping to my own words, I completed it, albeit walking half the distance. It was painful and I told myself I did it, and that’s it. But when I saw the StanChart Marathon accepting sign-ups, something inside me tells me I must do this to ‘avenge’ the failure in the previous year – and so I did.

So come 2nd March, I’ll be doing my 8th marathon. I don’t know why, every time I complete one, I would say ‘no more’, but when the sign-up starts, I find myself reaching my wallet for my credit card. It’s beyond me, I just want to do it… not for bragging rights, not for the finisher t-shirt, not for the medal, I just want to do it…

 

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