5 lessons learnt from training for my first 7k!

Running isn’t exactly my life-long passion. In a year, I’d probably put on my running shoes about 4 times in January before the excitement of the new year wears off. In fact, I used to think of running as a means to an end rather than as an end in itself.

Eventually, a series of events led me to pick up my running shoes for a cause! I actually ran a race with a goal in mind – cover 7km in 40 minutes! I trained consistently, even on workdays, and I was confident it was going to happen. Before the race, I have to admit I was a bit jittery but it wore off as I met up with my running mate!

I have to say a (stronger) running mate was just the push I needed to keep an even pace throughout the race! After much huffing and puffing, slowing down and amping up the pace, I made it to the finish line! And it happened! I did it! I ran 6.96km in 43 minutes (according to NikeRun)!

It wasn’t exactly the goal I had in mind but I did it! I was just grateful to be healthy enough to be running a race for breast cancer awareness and research. I learnt a few things along the way.

  • you’re your biggest everything: you could be your biggest cheerleader or you could beat yourself up to the max. The choice is really yours. I recently followed a guided run with Olympic medallist, Mo Farrah on the Nike Run app and he said something that stuck with me – in life, when you’re faced with a challenge, you can choose to focus on the nerves and be defeated before you even try or you can channel that all that energy positively to face and surmount the challenge that stands before you.
  • running doesn’t deserve the bad rap it gets: you don’t have to be perfect, you only have to run according to your aptitude and if you’re consistent, your pace and resistance increases rapidly. Running/jogging also allows you to go at your own pace! Take the pressure off, do what you can and pick it up another day.
  • break down your training with time rather than distance: yes we all want to run 10km in one hour but thinking that way puts a lot of pressure on you. Start by running 15 minutes, see how far you can go then amp it up to 30 minutes, gauge your distance then try to make your average distance in the shortest time possible!
  • gear up: good gear goes a long way! Get a solid pair of running shoes that properly support your feet and your running style. If you have flat feet, you’ll need some support for your foot arch. I personally need more support for my heel because I land on my heel and bounce off when I run. Find what works for you and go get it.
  • you won’t always feel like running… and that’s fine! Like I said, there’s really no pressure – on some days I easily cover 5km in 30 minutes and on other days I can barely do 1km without feeling like a rock forced to run!

P.S: I am one of the women in the featured image! It was a crazy crowd 🙂

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