Penang Bridge Marathon thoughts

So I went running the other day.

To be specific, I went running on the Penang Bridge.

10 kilometres. 1 hour, 31 minutes. Ranked 1,363 out of 5,209 runners.

To be honest, I was kind of disappointed in myself. I wanted to improve my timing to come in under 1 hour, 15 minutes. When I was thinking about the results, I thought about the reasons I failed, in my mind.

I didn’t really have breakfast before I started running (my stomach DID growl about 10 minutes into the run, whoops!).

I didn’t really get enough sleep the night before (think 6-8 hours for 3 days).

I was just not ready.

Today, after watching this video, I realised just what a whole load of crap that was.

I didn’t fail. Not by a damn long shot.

I ran 10 kilometres in 1 HOUR 31 MINUTES. When earlier this year, it had taken me almost 2 hours to run 12 kilometres. That’s a fantastic improvement for someone who just started running competitively this year. I just started running in July. By November, with little training, I had already cut my time in half (though to be honest, I was going to the gym before this).

There’s also the not-so-tiny fact that I keep forgetting. I don’t run because I want to get a great timing. I’m not running because I want to win (that would be a side, added bonus). I run because I can. I run because there’s nothing but me, the road, and how far I am willing to push my body.

And it is all about how far I’m willing to push my body.

Really. When at the end of the day I get views like this? Oh hell yeah. I’d do it all again. And take more pictures. Enjoy the picspam!

PS: There’s a poem hidden in the photos. Mouseover to read. :3