sun run v3. 0

the sun run did not come stress-free nor pain-free. when i registered, i was in it to get my personal best time. prior to beginning any training, i wanted a finish in the fifties. as the months passed by, my confidence wavered, but i was still hoping for a sub sixty finish. as the final week rolled around, i knew i was in trouble. my knee cap was busted after taking a diving stab at the ball during handball, and i couldn’t walk without it being taped. i probably shouldn’t even be participating in the race; wasn’t sure if i could cover ten kilometre, let alone run it. when it’s all said and done, my third sun run was in the books. considering that made me sit out all week in hopes to preserve everything i had left in that knee, i did more than survive. it was more than a challenging character building for myself, not only because cardio had always been my weak point, but also for the condition i had to deal with. no, i didn’t make my sub sixty goal, and i’m not disappointed. i could’ve easily taken the easy route and backed out, i could have walked it, but i chose neither. my hour and three minutes finish was good for second in the company team. i kept up a good pace and ran continuously for the first five kilometres before any short stints of walking. at the end i still had some left in the tank to sprint through the finish line. i was tired, but felt susprisely good post ten kilometres. once again it’s proof about my character; if i set my mind to something, i won’t give up easily or back down from any challenges. i’m grateful for those who ran alongside me, who chose to give me words of encouragement even when i looked a little down and out. now that it’s all said and done, i will visit my physio to fix my knee before i decided on what challenges to take on next

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day 970 – kukkiwon validated

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this is an expensive paper that is proof that kukkiwon has another holder of taekwondo third dan status. it’s definitely a distinction i can be proud of because it’s an achievement i can safely say i worked hard for. it certainly wasn’t an ambition i thought i would ever attain in my lifetime when i first began my taekwondo journey. and one that had ample of obstacles along the way, but found a way to knock them down one by one. i waited ever so patiently for this certificate and card to arrive, and it couldn’t have been anymore timely. i needed my kukkiwon card really badly otherwise going to this year’s nationals would be an issue

day 544 – fighting self

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it’s one of those days where nothing happened but i just feel really hopeless and everything appears so grim. the feeling i get that i am fighting myself where it’s a no win situation no matter what perspective i look at it. knowing what i need to do but still can’t do it is the hardest thing i have to swallow. as hard as this process is, it’s something no one can help me with and i must do it for myself. i better work hard to figure it out because time isn’t stopping for me. this is time for a self reflection and a true test of how badly i want it

day 302 – familiar territory

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erratic visits lately to fix my knee problems that’s been sidelining me for the past week. almost any kind of bending is prohibited aside from walking, this to me feels worse than imprisonment. three years today was the first time i broke my foot. how far i have come and how much i have gone through to get to this point and i will stop at nothing because i know it will only get stronger and better

here’s to 2014!!

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let’s start the start off on the right foot and make 2014 the best year yet!! another year has gone by with the blink of an eye, time really does fly even when you are not having fun. 2013 was not a great year for myself in many ways, but i managed to get through the tough times and made a lot of effort to turn things around for the upcoming year. no doubt there’s a lot on my new years resolution. remember don’t waste our time, take advantage of the present, look towards the future; write our own life, create our own destiny. hopeful for 2014

day 92 – training hard

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instead of setting fireworks, i am spending my halloween night training hard two days before competition. my legs were so messed up as of late, waited long enough finally able to extend and kick without too much abnormal pain. worked hard and repeated each step tens, fifties and hundreds times that my hands are so overworked

day 88 – 1 in 10000

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this is quite an interesting stat that’s most worthy of noting. coming across another taekwondo blackbelt is rarer than you would expect. it’s a symbol of the training you put forth and the perserverance of not giving up through all that. not everybody who puts on a uniform will know where they end up. i am humbled to have made it and it’s something i would never take for granted. i certainly started my taekwondo journey not knowing how far i would get and where i would end up, but here i am still going at it and taking the opportunities in my own hands