I was in two minds before posting this. Part of me wanted to share the positive news with fellow forum users, specially runner’s community but equally part of me was mindful of those who may not be as fortunate. So my apologies to those who may find my post stressful.
Last year when I was told I had a heart problem, I felt like my whole life had been tipped upside down. As some of the regulars here aware of my medical history and the challenges I faced, if you like to know more then I suggest you take a look at the below link.
Part of my recovery strategy has been to keep my running going. Although I accepted the verdict given by my cardio team that my marathon days are over and have no option but to cut down my running distance to bare minimum. I decided to say goodbye to my ‘marathon running’ by participating and hopefully completing my last marathon, ‘marathon retirement’ I called it.
I am pleased to say that I flew to Japan a few weeks back and completed the 2018 Tokyo marathon on Feb 28th. Naturally It took me longer than my usual time (3:40ish) to complete the course but the important thing is that I completed the marathon, for those who are keen to know the time, it was 5:09.
I am not sure if I have words to describe my feelings, part of me is blissful for what I have achieved in such a short space of time but there is a little part of me still feel that anguish, perhaps acknowledging what is taken away from me!
I guess the purposes of the message here is that we have condition which impacted our lifestyle but it does not mean that we should stop enjoying our lives. We must celebrate our achievement, does not matter how small or big, its all about readjusting our mindset.