I still remember that at the end of 2012, I participated in my first full marathon running with the help of my friends. It was the Penang Bridge Marathon Run in Penang. I faced this physical challenge with the spirit of a newborn calf who is not afraid of tigers.
How many U-turn opportunities are there in life?
However, in the first few months of participating in this running event, I was not properly prepared due to my busy work schedule. Therefore, although I successfully completed the 42-kilometer marathon that day with great effort, I suffered from muscle soreness for two weeks afterwards.
Back then, I wrote an article in this column to share this “painful” experience with readers; but I still did not regret participating in that full marathon running event, because I had completed at least one bucket list item in my life. .
Of course, “everything brings wisdom”, I know that my work situation does not allow me to have long-term running training, so I no longer challenge a full marathon, but I will still try to challenge my physical fitness every year. So, I decided to downgrade to just a half marathon (a distance of 21 kilometers). I estimate that the amount of exercise in daily life is at least enough to meet the challenge of a half marathon. Although muscle soreness will occur after each run, it is not too severe and only lasts for two or three days.
I self-deprecatingly call my annual half-marathon run an episode of self-abuse!
On December 17 last year, I set off from my brother’s house at 2 a.m. (I usually attend this annual event with him) and drove to the starting point of the running race near Queensbay Plaza. The half marathon event officially started at three o’clock, and I started this long half marathon journey with excitement.
I have the habit of wearing earphones to listen to podcasts or music every time I run, but that day I forgot to take my earphones with me when I was in a hurry. After running for a long time without earphones, I “closed” my ears and opened my eyes to observe my surroundings. And transfer the mind to think about life.
I just watched and thought (and took pictures!), and before I knew it, I was halfway through the race. Running to the middle section of the Penang Bridge is the return section of the half marathon.
Seeing the turning sign gave me great encouragement to keep going. At the moment of turning around, I couldn’t help but think of how many U-turn opportunities there would be on the road of life! And how much courage and perseverance it takes to make a U-turn on the road of life!
Encouraged and influenced by senior doctors
The last mile or two of running back to the finish line in the U-turn is also one of the biggest challenges. After running nearly 20 kilometers non-stop, my body and mind were exhausted. Although my muscles are sore, I still make the final sprint with perseverance. Isn’t the most difficult thing in life sometimes the last-minute sprint?
I fell in love with running because I was encouraged and influenced by a senior doctor who ran marathons. He not only guided me on the road to practicing medicine, but also started my interest in long-distance running. He has been running marathons for nearly 40 years, and often jokingly tells us juniors that he has run around the world several times! He has set a good example in his practice of medicine and running, so that we can learn from others. However, he is old and stopped long-distance running three years ago.
But he still left a wise saying: “Run as much as you can while you can!”
Yes, life is short, let us run more to make it longer and brighter! When there are still people running with us, cherish it more!
(Guangming Daily/Doctor Column‧Author: Wu Rongliang)