My Milestone To My First Marathon Part 1

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My First 10 Miles Mark

I have completed my first 10 miles run last Sunday. It is an awesome experience and I had picked up lots of valuable lessons in preparing for my marathon. This is my first time participating in a public run and there are lots of fun and valuable lessons that I had picked up.

Lessons Learned

1. Be Early

Even though I had reached the venue 10 minutes earlier, I was surprised when they started 10 minutes before the starting time. I did not manage to warm up properly and I was rushing to change into my sport gear. This set me up into a rather bad start. If you are going to participate in any public run, try to reach earlier and make sure that you have enough time to complete your warm up.

2. Start Slow

I was rather excited when I took off from the starting line. As a result, I ran too fast in the beginning and this cause me to have a sluggish finish. As mentioned by Leo Babauta over his marathon experience, start slow and make sure you are in your comfortable pace. Falling into the pace of others will disrupt your overall run performance.

3. Run In The Morning

My training consists of night runs and I rarely do any morning runs. It is a huge difference between running in the day and in the night. When it was about 8 am, the sun was glaring and the heat seems to suck out my energy. Luckily, for my next run on 29th May, it will be conducted at midnight and I will not need to deal with this problem. However, I will definitely take this into consideration for my full marathon during December.

4. Expect The Unexpected

I was surprised when I saw overhead bridges as part of the course. I had climbed four overhead bridges during the run. It was a killer. Climbing those drains off my energy much faster and it is worse when the overhead bridge is crowded with people.

Parting Words

I came in at 1:36:57 and it is an acceptable result which can be improve upon. Overall, it is a great run and I had great fun. If you have never taken part in a public run before, I highly recommend you to go register for your first run. It does not need to be 10 miles, there are other mini runs that you can take part in. Go participate in one and I bet you will enjoy it as much as I do.

Vincent
Avid Runner


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16 Responses to “My Milestone To My First Marathon Part 1”

  1. Adam says:

    Nice job Vincent…”I was surprised when they started 10 minutes before the starting time.” – I have run 10 mile races before and am have never had a race start 10 min. early! Usually on time or a few minutes late.
    .-= Adam´s last blog ..Child Abuse Recovery – Zen Tactics =-.

  2. Hey Vincent, that’s awesome! I am starting to run frequently and my goal is to do it every day. Eventually I want to start doing some races. Thanks for the tips.
    .-= Oscar – freestyle mind´s last blog ..Liberation Project: Clean your Room =-.

  3. Well done VIncent! I’ve been watching your journey with interest, and am very proud and excited for your progress. It is inspiring me to take charge of the physicality of my being.

  4. Diggy says:

    Hey Vincent!
    Nice achievement. I have never run 10 miles before 🙂 I don’t really have a desire to. I prefer running 3 miles and then running as fast as I can.

    Good luck with your training!
    .-= Diggy´s last blog ..Stop Working Your Butt Off – Find Out Why =-.

  5. Javier Chua says:

    Hey Vincent,

    It’s feel great to complete the 16KM marathon. Start training for the 21KM and our year end 42KM haha. I feel that start slow works well for me but I prefer to name it run at your own pace first and pick up the momentum along the way.

    It’s getting more and more exciting and interesting. 🙂

    Cheers
    Javier
    .-= Javier Chua´s last blog ..Keep Moving Forward and Stop Your Mind Chatters =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Hey Jav,

      It is getting exciting! I’m looking forward to the 21km on May and our full marathon at year end. Train hard buddy!

      Cheers,
      Vincent

  6. Walter says:

    Start slow: this really hit me. It is like when we want to achieve something and we are too excited that we do all the rush in order to achieve it, only to find in the end that we are too burned out to go on. A valuable lesson indeed. 🙂
    .-= Walter´s last blog ..Embracing our vulnerability =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Walter,

      You hit right on the spot. It is just like trying to achieve our goals. If we are burned out to go on, we will end up failing instead. Great point!

      Cheers,
      Vincent

  7. Hey Vince, congratulations on completing your first marathon! 😀 10 miles is no easy feat! Like Rishi, I agree with tip #2 on starting slow. I do that for my runs too and I found it helps me sustain the longer distances. Usually when I start off fast, I get off steam afterward.
    .-= Celestine Chua´s last blog ..Top 12 Signs It’s Time To Move On From A Relationship =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Celes,

      Starting slow helps to build up the momentum and I agree that it usually tend to build up to longer distances. I made the mistake this time round and for the next run I will remember to start slow and slowly build up the momentum.

      Cheers,
      Vincent

  8. Credit Girl says:

    Congratulations! 10 miles…that’s GREAT!!! Would you consider doing maybe a triathlon one day?? That can be your next goal.
    .-= Credit Girl´s last blog ..Best 12 Month CD Rates for March 17 – Banks and Credit Unions =-.

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    • Vincent says:

      Hi Irma,

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      Cheers,
      Vincent

  10. Nice work Vincent..

    I like #2, Start Slow, as the best advice. Sometimes we get so excited about something we forget the game plan.

    Great job, maybe one day you’ll run the NYC marathon.

    Cheers,
    Rishi
    .-= RIshi @ Self Improvement Explained´s last blog ..The Answer To Your Problems =-.

    • Vincent says:

      Hi Rishi,

      Thanks for dropping by. I do agree that sometimes we forget the ultimate objective when we are too excited at the moment. It is something that we need to look out for.

      Cheers,
      Vincent