Running was in my bucket list & Finally I ran my first half marathon : Actor Will Smith

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Will Smith completed his first ever half marathon in Cuba. He went for three weeks of extensive training to achieve the title of HALF MARATHON finisher.


Things you need to know

Running a half marathon was part of his dream list, his dream list known as ‘WILL SMITH BUCKET LIST’.  its one of Facebook watch exclusively reality video series. 
 He ran in the beautiful country  Cuba
Event:  Havana Half Marathon

Bib no: 1447

21km Distance in  2:29:04 Hr

Finishing Target: 2:10 hr, but couldn’t make it.

He crossed 16 km in a healthy note but struggled at 17 -18 km & walked. He regained the strength & finished last 3 km at an easy pace.

Will Smith: “I think of all the Bucket List, this is the one I’m most concerned about.

Preparation in three weeks 

Smith spent the three weeks leading up to the event preparing by going through challenging training and getting a checkup with a doctor.  Some grueling training—

including climbing stairs underwater with dumbbells

  • sprinting up in dunes.
  • treadmill run.
  • a crash course in learning to control his body temperature by employing ice baths and steam rooms.

He finished his first-ever half marathon. Although running 13 1/2 miles on its own is a tremendous undertaking, the 50-year-old leading man is raised the stakes by only giving himself three weeks to prepare for the event!

Will Smith’s statement  

“As I talk the story out, it doesn’t seem like a good idea,“ Smith explains in the new episode. “It’s my snap reaction to say, ‘Yeah, I could run a half marathon.’ Then when I have my quiet moments…yeah, I think of all the bucket lists this is the one I’m most concerned about. Like in my deepest honesty with myself I really am not sure if I can run 13 miles.”

“My father died about a year and a half ago and it didn’t hit me so much emotionally as it hit me existentially,” he says during the episode. “It was like, ‘Oh sh*t I’m next.’ In terms of pushing my body, I want to keep my body conditioned and more than anything I want to keep my mind strong. It’s like I can do anything like there is nothing I can’t do.”

Marabana Havana Marathon

The first Marabana Havana Marathon was held in 1987, but because of travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba, many Americans weren’t able to legally participate. In the last few years, the restrictions eased, allowing runners from the U.S. to gain entry into the 10K, half, and marathon events. This year, Smith was one of more than 6,000 runners who participated.

Will Smith & his relationship with running 

Smith has been vocal about his excitement for—and the importance of—running. Back in 2005, during an acceptance speech at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, Smith listed running as one of the two vital keys to success in life.
“When you are running, there is a little person that talks to you, that little person says, ‘I’m tired, my lungs are going to pop, I’m so hurt, I’m so tired. There’s no way I can possibly continue.’ And you want to quit. If you learn how to defeat that person when you are running, you will learn how to not quit when things get hard in your life.

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