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Why I Run: Selina Jen
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Why I Run: Selina Jen
October 14, 2016

Why I Run: Selina Jen

In 2010, due to a filming accident, I suffered burns over 54% of my body, with the majority of the burns on my legs. If I wanted to walk again, I had to start working out. Through rehabilitation, I began to jog, then I joined a weekly N+TC session. Before long, I started long-distance running, mostly with my colleagues and my sister – working out with besties is a great way to spend time and I especially like running in the afternoon, around five o’clock. I can jog and enjoy the view of the setting sun and the changing color of the sky.

In 2014, I wanted to push myself further so I set a goal: to complete a half marathon. My first half marathon was the Nike Women's Half Marathon in Taipei in April 2015. After the first 16 kilometers, I felt dead; I reached the finish line solely through willpower. During the second half, the discomfort multiplied each kilometer so I just kept telling myself: “Continue. Don’t speed up and don’t walk.” I had a conversation between the devil and the angel on my shoulder. The devil said, “You are tired, take a rest. You are too hot, you can’t stand it anymore.” The angel said, “You have had so much training. You can finish this race.” I was terrified to take on a second race, but then I was invited to participate in the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco and the scene was so gorgeous. The only thing I regret is not running with a camera on my head to capture the journey.

When I’m running, I can feel my entire body, every muscle. It makes me feel alive. Now I always have a pair of running shoes in my luggage, wherever I go. Running is the best way to release pressure and focus on my goals. I’ve learned so much about my body, how to use it and how to treat it right. There is something about running that is unique, different than putting on a beautiful dress or exquisite make-up. It gives you a special sense of achievement. If you can get through a marathon, there’s nothing you can’t conquer in your life.