and the farthest I've gotten: 12.5 kilometers (okay, 7.7 miles for you Americans). You gotta admit that. It's pretty amazing.
It all started as a charity road running my friends invited me to. You see (no, Mel, they don't see. Tell them), there were three distances to choose from. 6.5k, 12.5k or 22.5k. In no way would I run 22.5k since I was still inexperienced and was sure that I wouldn't make it; 6.5k isn't challenging enough for me. (I'm humble like that. Hmph.) So there was only one choice left; 12.5k. Fun fact, I actually thought it was only 10k all along. It wasn't until two days before the run were I told it was 2.5 kilometers longer than I thought and I freaked out. Dang it. But it was also a bit exciting! Maybe I'm a bit masochistic, but I wanted to try my extreme limits.
It was indeed so darn extreme. First things first, you wake up. Not that early, just 4:30 am.Then we arrived at the stadium where we start. And gosh, the crowd. It was another thing that boggles me: as we say in my language, mountains and seas of people (or as we like to make fun of, people mountain people sea.) Every one was jammed together like sardines
But actually, besides all the aforementioned, slightly frustrating stuff, my run was fabulous.
The weather was perfect, cloudy and a bit chilly; the scenes along the way was interesting and some people were pretty nice, like, encouraging-people and pumping-others-up kind of dudes. Also, there was water and sports drink and food along the way! It was until then that I realized how refreshing and precious a cup of water can be. The doses of sugar that I got from the sports drink, which I thought pretty "unhealthy" in normal days, fueled me and helped me finish the run; honestly, I never thought the sugar would make use of itself in this way.
Another thing that made this weekend activity so awesome was my friends. Running by yourself is a thing, but running with friends is totally different territory. It keeps you going even though you're s tired that you don't think you're going to make it, you have someone to talk to while running, and you have someone to talk about running after that!
The only downside of running such a long distance (it's a long distance for me, okay?) is that you'd be totally worn out afterwards.
Yes, it takes two gifs to show how exhausted I was. But hey, it's definitely worth it, and you can get a little extra sleep! Because we all know that we bookworms lack exercising so much. Also, it's a good excuse to get away with it when your parents question you the reason why you're sleeping instead of studying. At least that's how I do it. And let me tell you, the sense of accomplishment and awesomeness is incomparable.
|I, Melody, a half nerd, have completed yet another life achievement! (with mismatched socks, just in case you're curious.)|
Do you have the hobby of running? Have you been in a road run? Share your experiences, and thanks for reading!