*Update! I got the official results and my official finishing time is 41:54 and I finished in 720th place out of 1475.
I signed up. I made it! And I finished my first race in almost 2 years! I was expecting the worst: My baby would get sick, my husband would have a last minute meeting, I would get lost on the way or I would be late… But none of that happened and I am one happy Momma runner!
This is my second time to run the Venus Run. The last one was in 2013. This is one of the few all womens race and the few if not the only 5km race in Singapore. Today the race so happened to fall on Woman’s Day too. The race took place at Marina Bay Garden East on Sunday, March 8, 2015.
Here’s my recap of Venus Run 2015 in pictures and words:
Flag off was at 8am and I arrived a little over half an hour early. The earliest I have ever made it to a race. Of course my ritual was to use the porta potty. Some things just don’t change 😛
I was excited to have my son send me off. His first race with Mommy.
We had warm up as a group then the VIPs flagged us off.
Selfie before there run of course 🙂
When the starting horns were blown and everyone around cheered and the crowd started to move forward I actually got emotional and teared up! I didn’t realise how much I had missed doing this and I was so thankful I was able to be back and running again.
No headphones for me this run. Totally enjoying the atmosphere and the view.
The little pink dots in the sky line. I felt pretty good most (emphasise on most aka other parts I was suffering lol) of the run for someone who hasn’t run regularly in so long.
Of course there has to be some uphill running…
Heading back to the finish line. The route had us make a u-turn.
How cute. A family cheering on there Mommy.
It got sunny, hot and humid real fast. But no worries this sunlight is healthy sunlight! And sweat is good 😀
5Km might not be that long to some but I still had that feeling of “WHERE IS THE FINISH LINE?!” …after all the false hope of not seeing the finish line in sight…there it was.
And I did it. Slowed down a bit towards the end but did not walk no matter how tempted I was. My timing was the same as the last official 5K I ran (42 minutes)…which is a good thing! That means I’m starting where I left off. Not in a worse condition. Yay! There really is hope.
That feeling of showing off my medal to my son…who has no clue hahaha.
It’s for you baby!
And at the finish line….After the water and isotonic drink…all you can drink Milo!
Sponsor booths were there where you could get free trials and samples
Second most popular to the milo truck…Fitnesse Chocolate Cereal with low fat milk.
It is an all ladies run…
They also had a kids dash – 800m. Will definitely let Javan join this when he’s bigger. If he wants to of course.
My inspirations and cheerleaders. The route was open to public so he also ran 5Km after the last runner left the starting line and my little one just chilled and munched on his biscuits. I actually saw a few mothers with their little ones in strollers too.
Best of all….I was so excited to see if I was caught on any official/pro camera…and I was! The photographer caught me smelling the roses..LOL. This is seriously hilarious but I love it. It’s my souvenir of this race.
All in all I had a great time. The event on the day was well organised and ran smoothly. The crowd was manageable and the booths were yummy and interesting.
I did have to double check the address because it was kind of confusing but it’s good I ran there before during my full marathon training. There was one water station within the 5k and another at the finish line. I kind of wished they had another station but that’s why it’s good to hydrate well the days before a race just in case.
Also, I felt bad for the pro runners who had so little space to speed to the finish line because the crowd didn’t know or care to give way (I literally just passed the 1km mark when they were already running to the finish line. Amazing!).
The route was scenic and spacious enough for the rest of us even though there was a little “elbowing” now and then and a bottle neck before the Marina Barrage hill. I think that’s pretty normal and expected.
This has really pumped me up to continue working out and running and also to sign up for another race soon :p