I went there with a group of peers at IWE, together with the teachers. We practised some unprofessional warm up exercises, including various games which have names I could not point out clearly. I doubt about the efficiency of those warm up exercises in terms of relaxing muscles; however, the joy my peers provided was definitely a warm up for my heart.
The runners started to rush out group by group at around 9:40am at the starting line. Alone the route, there were a large number of enthusiastic crews, bands, volunteers and spectators. Those people waved, shouted and smiled, which actually provided an invisible power that lead people to go forward. At this time, I realized that this kind of encouragement not only was a philosophical theory, but also could practically inspire people. What was also astonishing was the capability to plan such a smooth event of the organizer. I thought it might include a lot of detailed work, communication, leadership and calculation.
One of the advantages of running with a group of people is that there will always be a runner that I can particularly look at who is slightly faster than I . It is unnecessary to pass my target, but such attention will actually help me propel myself. I found a guy as my target at the marathon. I passed him several times, but he was eventually ahead of me for he passed me just a few hundred of meters before the finishing line. It was exciting to run with him.
Apart from these, the most engaging aspect of running was that it was a way to achieve harmony. It might sound fantasy, but the feeling of peace existed indeed when I was running. Early before I started, I made myself clear that I was not going to think about anything except running towards the finish line. I love the feeling when I focus on one single task, and running precisely fits my appetite. On the other hand, I knew I was not going to stop either. I didn’t consider the results as one of the goals, whereas I regarded the attitude as a goal -- I desired to prove my attitude to myself through behaviour. With those two factors, I was able to focus my mind on just running for most of the time. I usually thought way more things than necessary in daily life, so it was such a jubilance for me to have so pure mind. As a result, I gained the invaluable harmony during the event.
I was too tired after rushing with a result of 44”43’, so I went into a sweet dream when I got home.