Days of Grace

I Need Determination

Lately I have been making decisions on impulse.  Starting facebook almost simultaneously with this blog was such a decision.  Almost a month ago I signed up for a 10km run!

What have I got myself into?  A 10km long distance running when I do not run.  I am quite an active person and loves sports and games but long distance running was never my ‘cup of tea’. Who or what motivated or inspired me then…I don’t really know.  The best answers I can give myself are…doesn’t hurt to try except physically…I better try since I am still walking without assistance of a cane (ok, this is a bit exaggerated 😛 ) …maybe I can run…I need to push myself to do something out of the routine.

After signing up we have training sessions.  Some church friends are already runners and have so kindly offered to train us (first timers).  These sessions include running together, giving us advice, motivating and encouraging.  I really appreciate them.  Out of 4 sessions so far I missed two and that is bad.

To start off, I really need determination.  I couldn’t even do 1km out of 5km at the first run and walked the remaining distance, yet they encouraged that I did well for the first training (considering that I have laid off games and exercising for some months now, I think ok la, not that bad).  For the second session, I did slightly better although overall I covered only about 3km with 1.5km of running.  I need determination and to build up my stamina.

One major problem is if I don’t sleep well the night before I will skip training which I already did twice.  I have a fear of passing out which almost happened once when we were cycling together years ago.  I wasn’t well and didn’t get enough sleep but got up early to cycle…half way through I stopped and told the group that I can’t continue. I went pale, my legs gave way and I stumbled to the ground, putting my head between my legs. I felt cold all over but thank God I did not faint then after 15-20 minutes the warmth return and I was ok. In a way, that experience etched a fear in me. So didn’t sleep well means no training the next day.

I have not been sleeping well lately and I know if that continues, I will be forever skipping training and therefore unable to build up stamina.  So on Saturday (13 Sept) morning after less than 5 hours sleep I pushed myself up and went for training. No excuses…not going to be fearful…need to build up stamina…need to cover a better distance than the first session…need to be determined.  Another hiccup which I am also determine to overcome…I have been rather prone to running nose and wheezing. That is due to lack of exercises, so on my own too I will develop a routine of exercises.

Wish me all the best ya as I continue this journey of determination …heehee.  I don’t have big dreams of doing well in the run but I am determine to at least finish it.  That will be a good start and an achievement!


17 September, 2008 - Posted by | Thoughts | ,


  1. Jia you! Jia you! You can do it!!

    nancy said: Thank you thank you, will be determined!

    Comment by Alexandra | 17 September, 2008 | Reply

  2. Just as much as physical training is required the real strength comes from the head. That differentiates athletes from one another….

    nancy said: Yup, I agree. I can do it! 🙂

    Comment by Walltalker | 17 September, 2008 | Reply

  3. will be supporting you all the way! to cross the finish line, you are already a winner… =)

    nancy said: Thank you for your support! Ya, that’s all I want, to complete the run.

    Comment by ensl | 17 September, 2008 | Reply

  4. Here’s a website you can check out, they have resources to help you start running and increasing your distance.

    nancy said: Thanks Adino. You are a great help, so resourceful! 🙂

    Comment by Adino | 17 September, 2008 | Reply

  5. Well resourcefulness is one of Adino’s primary attribute….

    nancy said: Yes, I agree 100 percent and he is generous about it.

    Comment by Walltalker | 17 September, 2008 | Reply

  6. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. and you’ve already done more than a thousand steps by now.

    So you can do it… I don’t mind running with you on that day till the end. You can do it. just tell your mind not to stop when you think you are tired. I keep telling myself, “one more step, one more step” and i will suddenly realise that i can do more than i think i could 😛

    You can wan 🙂 we all have faith in you.

    nancy said: Hi Lionel, thanks for visiting! 🙂
    I am so touched and grateful for your comment…will keep them in mind and work hard.

    P/S Dear readers, presenting Lionel!! He is one of our trainers and encourager! Clap!! Clap!!

    Comment by Lionel Lim | 18 September, 2008 | Reply

  7. yes! you can do it!…Mummy power! 😉

    nancy said: Mummy power!?…ok! I can do it 😛

    Comment by blossom | 18 September, 2008 | Reply

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