Breaking my first 20KM

Interrupting this space with this – running my first 20KM (LSD).

Even after a few years of running, I’ve never got around to running anything more than 13KM.

Well, there is always a first for everything and today is that day. So I’m pretty stoked! Don’t mind me but this is my personal mini milestone! Ask me to run anything more than 15KM a few months ago and I would have given you the “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!” look.

I had to wake up at 5am for this (so dedicated, I know) and I am not a morning person. I got ready and had my breakfast of bread with peanut butter and a banana (YUM!).

We started running slightly past 6am. There were 7 of us including myself. We started out nice and slow, running the first 10.16KM together. We arrived at our pit stop (Petronas petrol station) 1.01 hours later. That petrol station seemed to be a popular stop for runners because there were so many of them hanging around and taking a sip before continuing.

Bought a bottle of 100plus which I regretted later because I had to run with it (but I needed it anyway). After about 7-8 minutes of rest, it was time to head back (same route). My pacer said that we will be turning our speed up a notch, I died a little inside. My left calf muscle was feeling a bit sore, probably from my run 2 days ago. I imagined myself lying at the side of the road, rolling in pain. But you gotta’ do what your pacer says you gotta’ do. I sucked it up (the pain), shoved all negativity to the side and put my game face on.

Somehow, we made it back in 52 minutes. Honestly, I didn’t think that I would have been able to complete today’s run. I didn’t really have a clue on how to pace myself, everything was by trial and error. And I guess it ended pretty well.

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I enjoyed every minute of it. I had way more fun than I thought I would. Zoning out to your tunes, enjoying the scenery and the run can be addictive! I guess this is the start of a long distance relationship… with the road!

Time to sign up for my first 21KM! Yes, No, Maybe? Whatever it is, today is a special day. Still feeling that runner’s high. WOOOWEEEE!

Some tips for those of you who are attempting your first 20KM:

-Eat a substantial breakfast (banana, bread with peanut butter, apple, yoghurt with fruit, muesli bar, cereal with milk, oats with honey and nuts etc) Don’t run on an empty tank!

-Get a good pair of running shoes. You’ll be pounding the ground for the next few hours in them, make sure they are super comfy.

-Proper running attire that will not cause chaffing or abrasions.

-Run with a group of people who are of the same pace/level of fitness. Running your first LSD can be hard, you might need some motivation and a little push from your buddies.

-Hydrate every 5KM. Plan your run and place your water bottle at designated spots. Or, make sure there is a store/mini mart nearby.

-Bring some tunes if you need some entertainment along the way.

-Get your butt out there and have the time of your LIFE.

It is a good start to my week. If you haven’t tried running anything more than 10KM, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR! THIS IS YOUR SIGN!

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