I have always enjoyed sports. It doesn't matter if
it's badminton, squash, anything. I believe there is
no short cut in exercising and staying healthy. Exercise
is compulsory. I love badminton. Been playing it since
I was a kid. Never stopped until 2 years ago. It had
become cumbersome. Not only it takes about an hour to
reach the courts, I often had to wait for another 3
players to arrive. You see, I need to get home early
now that I have 2 sons.
That soon signalled the 'death' of my badminton days
and the 'birth' of running. I was 39 then. I needed
an exercise to sweat it out, something I could do alone
if I wanted, something near to the office to avoid traffic
jams and time wasted on commuting. Running was the perfect
replacement and tonic.
And coincidently at that time, my lunch buddy and good
friend, have just completed yet another marathon. He
was talking running like Bubba in "Forrest Gump"
was talking about shrimp. That is how passionate and
excited he feels about running. And it was all I needed
to reassure me of my decision to start running again.
It's been 2 years and 4 months now and I've had no regrets.
I have achieved more than just trying to stay healthy.
Running is intoxicating in a good way unlike alcohol
or cigarettes addiction. When the endorphins courses
through my veins, I get "high" but without
the hangover. Running calms and cleanses what even the
best drug or sedative and soaps cannot get at - the
mind, heart and soul. Satisfaction guaranteed almost
everytime I do it. Running keeps me sane in this insane
world. Running makes me want to be a better person.
Running is living.
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