Running for the love of it

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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.

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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).

I will be sure to leave my watch behind again, so I can get reminded why I run.

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