Another Truppr Experience: Fitness Is Not Size!

I’d not run in about a decade, so it took a lot of “mind over matter” to get me out of bed a 4am in preparation for yesterday’s Truppr 5 Kilometre Run. Been doing a lot of walking, some skipping, a bit of weightlifting and squatting, so I felt it was time to take on one of my most dreaded forms of exercise.

The Truppr Team in Lagos do the 5 kilometer run starting from Olosa Street in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Truppr Team in Lagos do the 5 kilometer run starting from Olosa Street in Victoria Island, Lagos.

WP_20150321_06_53_13_Pro

We were running for a cause, Endometriosis, a disease in women in which tissue that should grow inside the uterus grows outside it, causing pelvic pains, menstrual pains, and in some cases, infertility. I psyched myself up that if I didn’t do this run, then I didn’t care about endometriosis and all the related complications that come with it. I usually psyche myself up in such ways.

The Truppr Team in Lagos do the 5 kilometer run starting from Olosa Street in Victoria Island, Lagos
The Truppr Team in Lagos do the 5 kilometer run starting from Olosa Street in Victoria Island, Lagos

 

As the run started from Olosa street, Victoria Island, I was among the first set of runners to take the lead (something I would never do in my running days). Before we reached the turn at Ahmadu Bello, I’d already sweated half a bucket, my lungs were pumping forcefully, and my heart was no longer beating, but rather vibrating. I slowed down into a fast walk till Tiamiyu Savage, then picked up the running again. Before IMB Plaza, the panting had started, I wasn’t breathing right, my vision started to blur, “you’re going to pass out” I thought.

 

Back to the quick walk again, then slow, then the other runners I left right from the take-off point started passing me one by one. I had to take off one of my T-shirts as my skin was beginning to feel like I was in an oven. Thoughts of giving up crowd my mind, plus the jeers and jibes of the Lagos roadside collective of area boys, taxi drivers, street traders, and pedestrians.

The Truppr Team in Lagos do the 5 kilometer run starting from Olosa Street in Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Truppr Team in Lagos do the 5 kilometer run starting from Olosa Street in Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Truppr Team in Lagos do the 5 kilometer run starting from Olosa Street in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Truppr Team in Lagos do the 5 kilometer run starting from Olosa Street in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Truppr Team in Lagos do the 5 kilometer run starting from Olosa Street in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Truppr Team in Lagos do the 5 kilometer run starting from Olosa Street in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Truppr Team in Lagos do the 5 kilometer run starting from Olosa Street in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Truppr Team in Lagos do the 5 kilometer run starting from Olosa Street in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Runners at the finish of the Truppr 5k Run for Endometriosis

The Truppr Team in Lagos do the 5 kilometer run starting from Olosa Street in Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Truppr Team in Lagos do the 5 kilometer run starting from Olosa Street in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Truppr Team in Lagos do the 5 kilometer run starting from Olosa Street in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Truppr Team in Lagos do the 5 kilometer run starting from Olosa Street in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Truppr Team in Lagos do the 5 kilometer run starting from Olosa Street in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Truppr Team in Lagos do the 5 kilometer run starting from Olosa Street in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Truppr Team in Lagos do the 5 kilometer run starting from Olosa Street in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Finally, a strategy was hatched. Walk one street, run the next. That was how I was able to make it through Bishop Oluwole, Akin Adesola, Karimu Kotun, Oyin Jolayemi, Buraimoh Kenku, Sanusi Fafunwa, Adetokunboh Ademola, and eventually back at Olosa street. I didn’t come last by the way, but prefer to keep my end time top secret for now.

The Truppr Team in Lagos do the 5 kilometer run starting from Olosa Street in Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Truppr Team in Lagos do the 5 kilometer run starting from Olosa Street in Victoria Island, Lagos. I'm in this photo.

After the race, feeling fulfilled and promising myself to do better, I head to Lekki Phase 1 where I meet the Lekki-Ikoyi Half Marathon Team. Those guys ran 21 kilometres! First I saw the Kenyan-looking guys, then one Boubacar who was obviously Malian, some chubby ladies followed, and eventually I saw one runner who was twice as fat as I. They all ran the same distance.

 

They run 21 kilometres through various partsof Lekki and Ikoyi, including over the bridge
They run 21 kilometres through various partsof Lekki and Ikoyi, including over the bridge
They run 21 kilometres through various partsof Lekki and Ikoyi, including over the bridge
They run 21 kilometres through various partsof Lekki and Ikoyi, including over the bridge

 

As I reviewed how difficult it was for me to finish 5k, in my head, I brought out medals, handing one each to these icons of fitness who had just finished 21k.

 

They run 21 kilometres through various partsof Lekki and Ikoyi, including over the bridge
They run 21 kilometres through various partsof Lekki and Ikoyi, including over the bridge

 

They run 21 kilometres through various partsof Lekki and Ikoyi, including over the bridge
They run 21 kilometres through various partsof Lekki and Ikoyi, including over the bridge
They run 21 kilometres through various partsof Lekki and Ikoyi, including over the bridge
They run 21 kilometres through various partsof Lekki and Ikoyi, including over the bridge

Being fit is not necessarily being strong. It is not necessarily the ability to do, but the ability to keep on doing. It is a mindset and a conditioning that ensures extended performance. Many times, people assume a slimmer person is fit, and a fatter person is unfit, but in truth, it’s whoever can physically outdo the other over a long period of time that is fitter.

They run 21 kilometres through various partsof Lekki and Ikoyi, including over the bridge

They run 21 kilometres through various partsof Lekki and Ikoyi, including over the bridge

They run 21 kilometres through various partsof Lekki and Ikoyi, including over the bridge
They run 21 kilometres through various partsof Lekki and Ikoyi, including over the bridge
They run 21 kilometres through various partsof Lekki and Ikoyi, including over the bridge
They run 21 kilometres through various partsof Lekki and Ikoyi, including over the bridge
They run 21 kilometres through various partsof Lekki and Ikoyi, including over the bridge
They run 21 kilometres through various partsof Lekki and Ikoyi, including over the bridge

So it is necessary that we keep working to improve on our fitness, no matter our body size and shape. If necessary, get a fitness buddy, join a fitness team near you, or just download the Truppr app.

Comments are closed.