Running takes me to a whole other zone and I love it!
Life comes at you fast, especially when you live in a concrete jungle like Lagos. We all should have a way of coping with the fast-paced lifestyle of the city which is also associated with wild, weird and wonderful activities (and that includes the negative stress of it all too!). For me, I get my relief from the pressure when I get my runners high, which happens about 7 minutes 36 seconds into my run. For someone that started consistent running about a year ago, this is always a highlight of my morning and I look forward to my next run, every time.
But it didn't start out as a positive feeling, at first, I would dread my morning sessions, dragging my feet to cover a distance of 3km. However, I had already told all my friends I was going to run the Lagos city marathon 2018. So I couldn't really back down could I? Na, I had to keep going and slowly, after breaking the mould, and getting my muscles used to the motion I started going faster, longer and was stronger, physically and mentally.
That meant I was running further, from 3km to 10km, to 15 and sometimes I get to 25km before I shut down for the day.
Eventually, my average run time was covering 10km in less than an hour. Which is pretty much okay for my personal goals, sometimes I sprint in intervals for more athletic conditioning, but I like to get more long distance endurance training done.
Now I didn't do so well at the Lagos city marathon this year, but I'm getting set for the next one.
The race, taking place on the 17th of November, will cover major roads in Lekki phase one and Ikoyi. This will be linked through the recently constructed Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge.
A half marathon is a total distance of 21 kilometres (13.1 miles) and the average time for a professional runner is under an hour for males or an hour & ten minutes for females. I know, sounds intense. Well, I know myself, I no fit. Which is why I set my personal target to finish in under 2 hours, which is about average for men, and okay for my current fitness level.
Achieving this isn't going to be easy at all. Which is why I have been preparing for a while getting my mind, body, and soul ready to hit the road, get my runners high and almost float until the finish line.
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