The last task of the year was successfully completed, making this overseas half-marathon experience a perfect one. At the beginning of the year, I set a small goal of 1 hour 50 minutes for the half-marathon, and then changed it to 4 hours for the full-marathon because I had practiced well, but after a few months of interruptions back home, I changed it back to half marathon under 150 again. Before the run, I was not accustomed to the dry and cold climate in Europe, my nose was stuffy and I could not sleep well, so I was doubtful whether I could accomplish my goal. Fortunately, the weather in Pisa was good, with a sunny day of 8 degrees and little wind. The first 10 kilometers were basically easy to maintain a 5:00 pace, so I knew I was basically safe this time, and I started to accelerate at 16 kilometers. The Pisa half-marathon was a perfect ending to this year’s training, and my goal for next year is to get into the 4 hours for the full marathon, see you next year!
Shen is an HCI professor at the National University of Singapore working on realizing his vision of HeadsUp Computing, a new Interaction paradigm that can transform the way we live and interact with computers. In his free time, Shen loves to read, run, spend time with family and friends, and explore nature.