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How running helped in getting fitter
In my last edition, I talked about how I started running and the initial difficulties I faced. However, what really helped me stay motivated and push through those challenges was reading up on the benefits of running. As I delved deeper into the topic, I became more interested in biology and the science behind how our bodies work.
The pandemic provided me with ample free time, and unfortunately, contracting Covid made me realize just how poor my health was. This realization was the driving force behind my decision to start running, and I'm glad I did.
I remember my first attempt at running for a sustained period. I could barely make it to 12 minutes, and I felt exhausted. At that point, running even 1.5 kilometres seemed like an impossible task. However, I decided to push it and began running for at least 15 minutes every three days. With time, my endurance started to improve, and I found myself covering more distance within the same time frame.
My next goal was to complete 5 kilometres in under 25 minutes, which I knew was going to be a challenging task. Initially, my best time was around 32 minutes, but I made sure not to push myself too hard while increasing my pace. Instead, I focused on making small improvements each week, with the aim of bringing my time down by one minute until I reached my goal.
Looking back, the process was slow and gradual, but it helped me develop discipline and consistency. I learned that it's not about making sudden leaps but making small and sustainable changes to achieve your goals. As I continued to run, I began to experience the benefits, both physically and mentally.
Running helped me shed some extra pounds from my legs. I think the best part that really pushed me was seeing significant improvements in my calves. I think one more thing I noticed was improved cardiovascular health. I started sleeping better and my resting heartbeat went down to 60. But perhaps the most significant change was the boost in confidence and self-esteem.
The best thing about running has just been about discovering new routes. I used to take random routes and aim to reach a certain point of 2.5km. You just need good music at the end of the day. I think once you find the vibe, you just keep going.
Starting to run was a great decision for me. Running can be a transformative experience that benefits both the body and mind. Start small and gradually build up endurance, noting that the key is to make running a consistent part of your routine.
“Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you’re going to while away the years, it’s far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive than in a fog, and I believe running helps you do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life.”
— Haruki Murakami
The next goal that I really wish happens soon is doing 5k under 20mins. I guess seeing from the progress, it will take another 6 months to reach there.
Here’s a song I have been vibing to lately: