It was drizzling for a little bit where I was last Saturday. Some thick clouds were blocking hot afternoon sun from beaming straight on the running track I was on, most of the time. I had my ears plugged with earphones to listen to some music which I rarely do nowadays when I run. It was the day I had a personal breakthrough — I was able to complete the longest distance I’ve ever run, on that afternoon!
I enjoy running because the activity helps me maintain at a reasonable fitness level. Mind you, I am no pro runner or a marathoner.
Actually, I did not plan to break my own record that day. However, as I got so in tuned with the rhythm while moving on the track, I decided to keep sweating it out.
Running for me doesn’t just take a physical endurance to build a momentum by placing one foot in front of the other but it also requires me to be mentally prepared to push through. I kept reminding myself of that during the Saturday run to not giving up. I wanted to test my own limits.
A similar thing happened a few months ago when I surprised myself during a morning run. I was able to push myself and complete a 14-kilometer run, thanks to my running buddies who were a great sport. That was the longest distance I had ever run in a single stretch at that point. I admit it was not easy but the feeling of success was simply amazing.
That record though, as you know, has been officially shattered by last Saturday’s milestone.
Not long ago, I was able to convince myself to try out something new. I was looking into taking part in the Kuala Lumpur Tower International Night Towerthon Challenge 2012 and I never regret the decision I made. The moment I crossed the finish line inside that 421-meter tower has remained one of the sweetest memories.
These have been some personal breakthroughs which insisted on one important reminder – I would not have discovered my ability had I not tried.
You see, once in a while life needs a little nudge to motivate us to improve ourselves.
In the case of last Saturday, a desire to try to concur a distance beyond what I had achieved earlier was enough of a nudge to get me through.
With one foot at a time, I opted to push my own boundaries and at my own pace, not trying to compete with anybody. I am grateful for the choice bestowed upon me.
You never know what you are capable of until you try.
By Kam Hashim
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By Kam Hashim