I got 99 excuses, but I still continue to run

It’s Saturday afternoon and I could be exploring a new city, but instead I decided to go run a half marathon. I never thought I would be this person where I would be on vacation and that involves running 13.1 miles. I finally can admit that running is a major part of my life, because it keeps me sane.

Running through mud puddles and trails, I was out of my comfort zone and kept thinking of my shoes being muddy, but that by no means was going to stop me. I realize that running for me is such a mental sport, because most often my mind is ready to quit before my body does.

Running through the park where the sun was trying to peek through the trees, I kept finding excuses why this was a bad idea, but each idea was lame and I realized no matter how many excuses I could come up with, I enjoy it. It helps me push myself beyond my limits and force my mind to do this sport.

This race was different to what I am used to back home, there it starts in the morning and there is water stops every mile and people standing on the streets to motivate you to keep going. Here, it is you the muddy paths or tree-lined streets with signs directing you towards the finish line. I enjoy the fact that it just me and there are times there is no one close enough to me that I could actually start my off-key singing and no one would hear me.

I finally see the finish line and feel excited that I did my first half marathon outside of US despite my 99 excuses.

 

The start line

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The start line

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The trail

 

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I did finish, I really did!

 

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About my random musings

I am originally from South East Asia and I moved to the US about 15 years ago to follow my heart. My heart has since been broken a few times, but I continue to be on journey of trying to mend it. I could talk about running, baking or writing in a small crowd, but put me in a room full of strangers and I will be the one standing in a corner people watching. When I am not writing or running, I would be in my kitchen, flour strewn all over the kitchen counters, music playing in the background and me just rolling and folding dough, excited about what my creation will turn out to be. Besides that I love passionately, when I love, I give it my all, not always a good thing, but that is who I am. I jump both feet in and sometimes I come out with regrets but having learnt a lesson. I believe everything happens for a reason and this is my place to share bits and pieces of my life, my adventures and sometimes misadventures. Hope you enjoy reading my stories as much I enjoy sharing them with you.
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5 Responses to I got 99 excuses, but I still continue to run

  1. Ann Coleman says:

    Good for you! If running is what makes you happy, then keep doing it, no matter how many excuses you hear to stop.

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    • Thank you Ann. It’s always the same, I start running and I have all the excuses but keep going and when I cross the finish line, I wander when I can do it again. Something about being out there with others but yet alone that makes me feel content.

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  2. That is awesome! Great photos! Great photo of you! Now you can say you ran a Marathon in Germany! 🙂

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