Alvin In The Room: Journal

The road to get into the running habit

Running at night

Running at night

I started running a few years ago but still I haven't got into the habit quite well. Sometimes it was due to the weather (say cold and rainy), and sometimes it was about my determination. Running distances each time can fluctuate, from the shortest 1.5km to the longest 15km (but it only happened once).

This year I adopt a strategy to run more frequently (from once a week to three or four, however it's still dependent on weather) while I stop focusing on the goal but my mind instead. That is, stop as you like. I noticed that at first I find it difficult (feeling tired or laziness) and want to stop as soon as possible, but if I keep on running a little bit more I will feel comfortable. That's why I can finish at least 3km almost each time in these three weeks.

During my high school studies, running for a certain distance was required in the examination of physical education. I remembered that I didn't know how to keep running for long, until I was reminded of breathing in and out by a PE teacher in university. I knew I was capable of running in 2005, but started running in about 2013 but gave up so quickly. I ran again last year because I found a time slot at night, making it another good start. Surely this year will be another milestone!

幾年前開始跑步,但是還未能好好養成習慣,原因可以是寒冷甚至下雨的天氣讓人卻步,也可以是我的決心程度。跑步距離可以很波動,短至1.5公里,長至15公里(可惜這最高紀錄只發生過一次)。

今年我採取了「多跑」的策略:從每星期可能只有一次,到現在盡量有三到四次,當然還得視乎天氣;同時,多注意身體的反應,而非數字上的目標,也就是說,隨時可以停下來。這策略開始不久,體會到起步不久會比較吃力,吃力會讓我很快放棄,但如果堅持一點點,過程會變得輕鬆過來。所以最近三星期,我幾乎每次都能跑至少3公里。

高中的時候,體育課要求長距離跑步,但是我覺得每次都很辛苦,直到大學被提醒呼氣吸氣的重要性,不過沒在2005年跑,直到2013年才開始但是很快便放棄。去年才重拾,因為我找到了晚上的少許時間。相信今年會是另一個重要的里程碑!

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