The other day I went out for a run and forgot to bring my watch. Terrible thing, right?
That morning my plan was to run 6K with some short distance speed intervals. But now, without a watch? How would I time myself and know how much distance I have covered? I thought about going back home to get my watch but I was already in the park and did not want to waste any time. Nevertheless, I decided to run but with a different type of workout in mind.
I chose to run for as long as I felt like it and without worrying about the distance covered.
That day, I set my mind on running for the love of it and it turned out to be one of the best runs I have ever experienced.
Within a few minutes of my run, I became very relaxed; I think being in nature had something to do with this. This relaxation actually led me to an almost a meditative state at which point I started visualising. I was pretending I was running a marathon in the Olympics. In my mind, I was the top marathon runner and I was leading the pack. There was nobody in front of me and no one in sight behind me. I felt myself going faster and faster, I felt so light as if I was flying. I felt strong and unstoppable. Well, eventually I got tired and had to slow down. But I finished my run feeling amazing, rejuvenated and with a new perspective on running.
Most of the time when I go for a run, it feels automatic, almost like a chore. I take it as part of my fitness routine and I think sometimes forget the real reason I run.
So why do I run anyway?
Of course I run to stay fit and healthy. But I also run because I love being outside and I enjoy the freedom of body moving fast. I love the feeling of the breeze when the wind hits my face. I love looking at the surroundings and the sound of my feet hitting the pavement.
I normally run 3-4 times per week. In one month I will be participating in the Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Half Marathon. For my weekly training, I do one long run (anywhere from 15-20K), 2 interval training runs and one medium size run (7-10K).