I was trying to recall how many running workouts did I do in the past few months at down under? I think... not more than 10 in New Zealand, and not more than 10 in Australia. So you and me laughing out loud because I said 'Running is My Passion'.
But I need to tell you again, and again, I Love Running, no matter what! Because, it took lots of courage to take up running again after fitness level dropped to zero. Still remember those days where you couldn't really run for 2km? And you started huffing and puffing after 10 minutes run? I had to face these situation again when I had not been running for weeks or months. We all know that this is disappointing and it needs lots of courage to overcome this obstacle.
I was glad that my running journey has been up and down, so I learned how to manage my progress, eat the correct food, self motivation, etc.
I could feel my stamina was terrible, I was huff and puff after a 5km run with 6''30/km pace. It was disappointing, but I knew with few more trials, it would be a past.
So I did again same workout, 5km, same pace but I felt better without much huff and puff.
Next time, I tried again with longer distance, slower pace without huff and puff, and few more times I could run with confidence.
When the weather was too hot in Australia, 40 degree celsius, I could only do strenght workouts to strenghten my core muscles. It helps alot in my next training.
I monitored my training, in term of physical, breathing, posture and diet. When I found my knee has a little bit uncomfortable, Glucosamine & Fish Oil was added to my supplements. Till then, my longest running workout was 10.5km with 6min/km pace. I did twice 7km tempo run with 5''35/km pace, they were good. Although the performance was far more worse than my previous workouts during my peak time.
Patience is what I need to catch back my fitness; Passion is the one that drive me this far, again and again from foot hill to peak, from peak to foot hill, and again and again... One without passion will stop at foot hill after coming down from peak.
So, run with your heart, not your legs.
See you at Putrajaya Night Marathon, half marathon and to be finished in 2.15.