At OFS, one of the PE staff has a t-shirt that simply says "megalomaniac". At first I thought it was just another one of the seemingly random english language t-shirts you see in Asia. Now I've got a different perspective:
OFS has a 400m track and I started the couch-to-5k that Nathan did a year or two ago. My first week I did 400m, walk 100m, 10 times and ended up with blisters. I lanced the blisters and pushed the second week to 800m jog, 50m walk, 400m jog, 50m walk for over 4Km of jogging. But then the third week just took off:
Tuesday 1.2Km jog, 50m walk, 800m jog Thursday 2.0Km jog, 100m walk, 1.2Km jog, 100m walk, 800m jog Saturday 2.8Km jog, 100m walk, 2.2Km jog Monday 5Km jog
What kept me going this last week was a factoid from some study of a crazy Czech long-distance runner that said that the human body sends shutdown (am in pain) signals to the brain when it still has 30% capacity left (do you recognize the article?). I figure that my big enemy in SG = heat exhaustion, so drink lots of fluids and I should be able to more or less just ignore what my body says.
It seems to have worked out. Granted my feet still have stupid little holes in them on the sides from where toes rub into other toes. Those heal slowly, although I think the post-jogging swims have helped with that.
Given what I tend to think about when on a running track (stuff I'm going to do when I get to the end of my run) versus what I think about when I swim (push, pull, breathe), I get the feeling that the megalomaniac t-shirt girl runs as well.
Or maybe there's some other equally brain-whacky sport? ;)