Why I Like The Sports (Yes, It’s About 5K and 10K Run)
The thing about running long distance (i.e. 5K and 10K) which makes it so fun and enjoyable is that it is quite ‘cerebral’ and it is such an ‘egalitarian’ sports.
Hey, this is not going to be too philosophical a topic… But let me break it down:
Running 5K and 10K requires thorough planning; and as we all know great planning must begin with great strategy: knowing your game-plan to achieve your goals. That is CEREBRAL!!! You have to know where you are right now (by assessing and diagnosing yourself in terms of health, strength, speed of running etc).. Just like in any good projects, you need to know your baseline first (if you have yet to have baseline then you need to build one). In short, you need to know your ‘performance capability’ so that you know which area to be improved. How to improve it? There are all sorts of ways to do it.. Enough time of rest, nutritious diet, the regular exercise in accordance to the mileage buildup so on and so forth… This is where it gets so cerebral! You analyze the area of improvement and you need to perform experiment to test the effectiveness of your recommended course of actions. And hey, this is only at planning stage, we will also face all sorts of ‘learnings’ during the actual execution. How exciting can that be 🙂
The sports is such an equalizer! Why? It does not matter so much whether you’re a man or a woman, young or old, rich or not rich (I don’t think I can use the opposite of rich as poor in this context); you all can RUN. In my humble opinion, as a rookie runner, you just need to build your stamina at your own respective pace.
P.S. I know that if you really think about it..; all types sports can be very cerebral in their own ways and my line of arguments above are quite relevant for any of them. The beauty of it is that since it’s an individual sports, you are against yourself. If you can lead yourself to commit with such discipline to follow the mileage buildup for the ‘run’ then to drive others to do the same will not be as tough..