Searching Our Archives #3: I will keep on running

Running is a metaphor for how I want to tackle life: the odds may be against me, but I will try anyway.

I was chatting some years ago with a Runner Friend, back before I ran regularly. She was extolling the joys of running and my excuse: I am so short & stout (contrasting with her tall & lanky build), how on earth am I supposed to be running?  She said soothingly to me that her running friends were of different sizes and physiques. I was somewhat mollified by our conversation, although somewhat incredulous.

I still wouldn’t consider myself a serious runner:  I don’t run far, I don’t run long, I don’t compete.  But I am serious about my running.  I made a start when I was approaching 30 because I was struggling with the mortality of my life (my mid-life crisis came early).  I figured if I was ever struck down by a debilitating illness, being healthy would be an advantage.  I also thought the discipline of pushing myself one more step would be helpful if I ever needed to fight for my life.

Just about 20 years later, this was all called to test. The Hospitalisation and The Subsequent Rehabilitation called up all the fitness reserve and determination I had built up. Having to re-learn how to walk in the hospital on account of deteriorated muscles, and then rebuilding the stamina which pneumonia had depleted.  The promise of running again became my life line.

It has been almost 9 months since I left the hospital.  My runs are no longer frenetic goal-driven outings.  I am enjoying my rambles and zen moments again.  For peace of mind and a sense of freedom, there is no where I’d rather be than out on a run, wherever that takes me.

I am not so naive to think I that I can do this indefinitely; both my athletic parents have had to exchange their sporting passions for less vigorous cardiopulmonary, muscle-maintaining pursuits.  But for as long as I can, I will hit that pavement.


  • The Feature Photo was taken in Bangkok on the Cycle/Pedestrian Overpass linking Lumpini & Benjakitti Parks in January 2018.
  • This post is written in response to my searching through my archives – something which I have decided to do once a month this year.

All things bright and beautiful

I am a “later-in-life” runner.  There, I have taken a risk and said that out loud; in cyberspace no less.

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14 Replies to “Searching Our Archives #3: I will keep on running”

  1. I never thought of myself as a runner either – also short and stout, and very non-athletic! However since 2007 I have trained for and completed 5…count ’em…5 half-marathons! That may not sound like much to a “real” runner, but it’s something I never ever saw me considering let alone doing. You go girl!

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    1. You are so awesome! It is one thing to be naturally talented and to pursue that activity – that is work enough! But to train for half marathons, inspite of our lovely physiques? 5 of them under your belt???? You really are an inspiration!

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      1. Thank you!!! The training I find fun because it gets me outdoors regularly, and big races are tremendous fun to participate in. I encourage anyone who enjoys running to sign up for these types of events. Anyone who makes it to the finish line with a smile on their face is a champion, in my books at least!!!


    1. Loving Husband’s advice is to start with what you have. If you can already run 200m, intersperse those with walking. I spent a lot of time Walk/Run/Repeat, and slowly built it up from there! Give us a ring! We come with you!


  2. Hey Ju-lyn, I’ve read this and your older post, Sunrise Sunset, and now I’m suddenly lost for words… But keep running, it does good not only for the body but I’m thinking also for the soul. My hubby and I try to run once a week at the MBS area and I remember mentioning to him last week that “this is good, it’s good for the soul…” Anyway, just keep running and staying healthy. Cheers! 🙂

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    1. Thank so much for the affirmation, Amor! I absolutely agree: the time on the road is good for the soul. The MBS area is beautiful for running, especially at night – makes it so inspiring to be surrounded by lovely scenery.


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