Train for Something

Train for Something

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When I train, I like to train towards something. I need a goal to keep me motivated! & this time the motivation was Shanghai Half Marathon. The whole 21.097km!! I've never run a race that long or even trained for it & never thought I would. However, one day I received an email with the  registration for it  & thought why not. I asked my friend Neil if he wanted to do it & he said yes. Sooo, by that time, I only had four weeks to train, a very short time considering I don't run in winter months.

 4:30 alarm & seeing some familiar faces before the race

4:30 alarm & seeing some familiar faces before the race

The longest distance that I ever raced before was 10k, so a half marathon was going to be a bit of a challenge! I started the training off with short distances such as 5/6km, three times a week & gradually increasing the distance. Then life took over & didn't run for a week. 

 Early start - view from my kitchen

Early start - view from my kitchen

One beautiful Wednesday evening I set out to run 15k along the West Bund. It was going really well, so well that I ended up running the whole 21.1k, for the first time EVER. I got home & went straight to bed, after having my hemp powder protein shake, which helped my muscles to recover, as luckily had very little muscle ache the next two days. So definitely recommend it. Ok, so the first goal was to run the distance & the second goal was to run the distance in under 2 hours. Which I surprisingly achieved; 1:57:06. This was basically to prove myself that I can run it & run it in that time, however a voice at the back of my head was saying "Why did you run half a marathon 4 days before the race?". I kinda thought I messed it all up.

 Start line

Start line

Sunday, April 22nd came! Set my alarm for 4:30am. All ready to go, ready to beat my time from Wednesday! Well it didn't go to plan. I was feeling super sick (blocked nose, sore throat), the temperature was getting higher (27 degrees at 7am). I was lucky my boxing coach Michele Aboro had the same pace as me, at least for the first 6k, I then totally slowed down & at this point I didn't think I'd finish. 

 Some candid photos with my number one fan Julia who nicely waited for me to finish at the finish line.

Some candid photos with my number one fan Julia who nicely waited for me to finish at the finish line.

Something inside me made me push through. I had water breaks which I never have. So if anything, I learned that I run better in the evenings! 

The race started in Lujiazui, by the Pearl Tower & the rest of the famous Shanghai skyline, including 2nd tallest building in the world & Mercedes Benz Arena. The route was definitely scenic  & enjoyable to run.

 The Pearl Tower

The Pearl Tower

I finished the race as 888th female & number 8 in Chinese culture is a lucky number, so I kind of feel really lucky in some way. My time was 2:10:26, whole 13 minutes slower, but hey it was an awesome experience & I'm promising myself I will not be running another half marathon ever again & will stick with my fun 10k!

Go, set goals & train for them!

 The route

The route

 Oriental Sports Centre

Oriental Sports Centre

Wednesday Wanderlust: Vang Vieng

Wednesday Wanderlust: Vang Vieng

Golden Milk

Golden Milk

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