I confess that my motivation levels spiked immediately after I hit the ‘Pay’ button after registering for a race. It makes perfect sense, because races gives me reason to wake up at 4 in the morning, or keep on going late into the night. Races are slowly turning into “exam days” to me; it is the time to prove that all of my training ie “revisions” are worth it.
It made me realise that what I felt was actually the joy of competing, not running. There must be a bigger, better reason for me to keep on running, even when I am not preparing for a race.
I have two major events coming up: Pink50 Ultra and Malaysia Women Marathon. In order for me to successfully complete these events, I was advised to run at least 200km per month. I wish I have time to run during daytime, but, daytime training isn’t an option for me since I have 9-to-5 job. So I have to run at night or very early in the morning to clock in that targeted mileage. This isn’t the safest time to run not just to female runners, but all runners regardless of their gender and age, because it is dark. It is always a good idea to be extra cautious. Here are a few suggestions to make your night runs a safe experience:
However, the most important tip that you should apply is common sense and trust your intuition. You can never go wrong with your gut feeling if you feel that something is amiss or out of the ordinary. I hope that every runner will have a safe and enjoyable night run!
When I just started working full-time about 2 years ago fresh out of college, I gained a few extra pounds thanks to sitting on my bum in front of the computer 8am to 5pm. When I could not fit in most of my clothes anymore, I realised I seriously need to lose weight so I started running. Then, I was struggling with finding a balance between running the corporate race and running for miles on my feet. I became mentally and physically exhausted. These days, I have accepted that there will be days when I will be preoccupied with my career and I won’t beat myself up if I miss a work out, because I have learnt how to stay in shape despite having a busy schedule.
Basically, there are 3 main points that everyone should always keep in check:
Ultimately, the goal is to seek a work-life balance to prevent the onset of other harmful sedentary-related diseases that will accumulate in time, such as mental burn out, back pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or worst, heart attack and obesity.