Goal accomplished! I ran the 10Km I set out to run at the beginning of the year! This 10K is a big deal for me because it is my first 10k in almost 3 years.
In December 2012 I ran my first full marathon then a few months later I found out I was pregnant. So my pregnancy plus now my son is almost 2 years old – that makes it almost 3 years of barely any running – let alone a 10K!
I missed it a lot! Sadly, I wasn’t one of those pregnant women who was able to run and workout all the way until her delivery. I wanted to get out for a run ASAP! So 2 or 3 months after giving birth I headed out and I felt down in the dumps because I could barely even jog. I felt heavy (I gained 20kgs), lethargic (ummmm months and months of sleepless nights), out of breath and so far away from the runner I had been! I got back home depressed and dejected but I knew that if I gave up now then all my efforts to get fit and be a runner would have gone to waste and I just couldn’t bear the thought of not running again.
So, despite not being able to imagine running 3km or 5km especially not a 10K, I still made an effort to try and get back out when I could and also to eat well and shed off the baby weight. Once I [kinda] got the hang of being a mom I made a resolution for 2015 that I would join one 5k and one 10k race that year. It was a reasonable and achievable goal which motivated me to continue to work on my fitness.
Anyhow, let me get on to my experience of my long awaited 10K. This race was one of the cheapest races I have joined -$12 (races normally cost anywhere from $40-$70). It is organized by a community club and there were no race bibs. Besides the affordable price was the fact that the route would be very different from the usual. It would be in the “farmlands” of Singapore. Usually, it’s in the city with all the buildings and passing the heart of the city.
Singapore is small so to see areas without the concrete jungle is refreshing. Took photos along the way of course! The run was scheduled to flag off at 7.30 am. It took forever to get a cab and I arrived at 7.25 am! Phew… Also, they didn’t close the main road so one lane and the sidewalk was open to us hundred of runners for the first few kilometers so there was a bottleneck at the beginning but after that it was fine.
There were a few slopes and I managed to run up and down most except for the last 2 slopes. I love nature so I really loved the route.
I was sooooo happy that even though it has been so long that I have run this distance I still was able to complete the run the same time as I did in my last 10K run! And I know it’s all thanks to me discovering and doing Pop Pilates workouts.
I think they had 2 water stations. I took a bottle from the first water station and carried it with me the whole time (it was a small bottle). It was a good thing that while training I didn’t bring any water and I pushed myself at slopes.
At the same time our run was happening there was also a 3Km walk which my son and husband joined. Afterwards, there was also the kids dash. They had the Milo van there and also gave out free balloons. There was some entertainment and over all the atmosphere was fun and festive and I think the organizers and volunteers did a really great job. It’s not easy organizing a race for sure. I would definitely run this event again.
My family and I had an awesome time and it was really a moment of celebration for me! Felt super blessed, to have this body I have and such a supportive husband and son – my cheering squad.
Ok. Time to set and break some goals for 2016!