The group of runners set off without me; I was figuring out which knobs on my new Casio sports watch reset the stopwatch.
By the time I picked up my pace, the others were at least a short slope up ahead. I bounded up the incline and caught up with the group in no time.
About 500 m ahead was the lead runner. I slowed down a little, but maintained my strides. I caught up and overtook him.
Never in my wildest dreams did I, always the laggiest one, entertain the thought I could overtake the male lead.
No, I’m not tooting my horn. It’s been eighteen months of blood, sweat and tears, perseverance, running alone, a conquest of mind over matter.
The best thing is, when we go for supper after, there are plates of fried chicken wings. crispy and fragrant with shrimp paste, stir-fried vermicelli giving off the burnt aroma of a super-heated wok, green vegetables, fruit juice, and the promise of a good night’s rest.
These are some of my previous posts on running and my reflections on this most simple, yet intimidating, of exercise:
The Runners — Running in the runners’ Wednesday evening group
One Way You Can Slow Down Time – How time slows down when you’re doing something especially difficult
Running in the Family – When familiarity breeds — endurance.
How Running Can Make Things Better –How running is therapeutic and clears the mind and a China Crisis hit
Insights From A Long Run – What happened when I ran 10 kilometers