Sport is an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or other for entertainment. Sports and recreational activities could bring so many benefits in our daily lives since it could reduce calories content in our body and regain our stamina. It is believed that 90 percent of people practicing sports and recreational activities at least 3 times per week have less potential of getting obesity compared to people who lack of sports practice. Examples of sports are running, walking, gymnasium training and yoga.
Currently there are several running competitions that were held all round the world which is called as marathon. This running competition includes several distances such as 5km, 10km, half marathon (21km) and full marathon (42km). Marathon running usually sponsored and organized by few giants companies in focused places such as city or sports area. Since I was one of marathon runner since 2012, I would like to share few experiences about participated in marathon run for first time.
At first, I need to register for marathon run competition few months before since they need to set for my running kit and identify how many runners will participate. Running kit collection will be a few weeks before the running competition. Yes, at this stage, l start to pose on running shirts and getting so excited for the running. I know I need to ensure my stamina is at optimal level and did some physical exercises to get used to harsh physical impact. I was registered for 21km running in which I think it is quite crazy since this is my very first time of running on long distance.
During the competition, I had applied creams on legs to avoid muscle cramps. All participants were invited to do warm up before running which was leaded by running instructor. We were provided with light foods such as bananas and energy bars since the time of running is early in the morning and none of us would have any breakfast at that time. We have been informed by organizations that water stations were provided at every 3km of our running route. During the running whistle is release, everyone seems to run at different pace. Some were fast and some were relaxed. I ran at slow pace for the first 3km since I do not want to get any muscle pain at further distance ahead. After 5km of running, I started to feel the muscle pain along my legs and my chest felt as if it’s going to burst. On the next 15km, I can’t feel my legs but I can control my constant pace at 8km/hour, which is good enough for me. I saw some people laid on the road and had muscle pain and cramps. For the 1km before reaching finish point, I tried to focus on my speed and control myself not to push too much. I avoided any injury since the reaching line is just in front of my eyes. Once I stood on finishing line, the tiredness, the pain all came together but I was released to finish the 21km running.
The real pain I could feel is one day after the marathon running. My muscle was in so much pain and I can’t barely climbing upstairs, walking and even lifting my legs. But the pain last only for three days and I can enjoy doing my physical activities after that.