Finally had the time to post this up. Last Sunday, I took part in the annual Great Eastern Run Singapore for ladies. Having been sitting out on a few races due to a nagging injury, I was really happy that I could run this race.
I really think we should have more “ladies only” runs in Singapore. NOT because I am a feminist but the camaraderie feeling I get in such races are so much stronger. There is less testosterone and competition in the air and you see women in all shapes and sizes taking the time and effort to run in the wee morning hours.
Currently we only have the SHAPE run for women and this, so if anyone out there is listening, I would like more women activities please!
Anyway , back to the Great Eastern Run 2012……
Took part in the 10km, I think I finished in less than 1hr 10min which is way off my P.B of 51 min but am happy all the same as I was out of action for almost half a year.
It’s amazing how an injury can get you down huh.
This is one time where I really appreciate our public transport. It opens around 5.45am so I didn’t waste any money on a cab. Apparently, the thoughts of other people were the same. How come there are so many people at 6 on a Sunday morning? Half of them aren’t even runners!
Upon reaching City Hall, I made my way to the floating pavilion next to the Esplanade where the start point was. For runners who don’t know the way, in future, you can always follow the crowd which will almost certainly lead you to destination.
I was just in time to capture dawn breaking, really nice sight and the smell of fresh air was so crisp as well.
Everyone was in high spirits while warming up or waiting for friends, My bestie was taking part in the 5km which started later so I was alone but I didn’t mind. I was happy just to be able to just run.
My flag off was 7.10 so after depositing my baggage which was a breeze to do by the way, I went to the line up and took more pics!
Did I mention that it is so fantastic to see such active people around?
Whatever their fitness level, it is commendable to see everyone on their best effort! During the race, I spied ladies with homemade tutu ballerina skirts , BFFs encouraging each other on, mother daughter teams and so on.
Some had sheer grit and determination written all over their faces while others were just content strolling and merrily chatting away.
As for me, I think I belonged to the former. Was so glad when I crossed the finishing line.
It’s this fantastic feeling of finishing a race that makes me love to take part in such things. I mean, I could run on my own of course. Some people have commented that it is silly to pay to run but really, to each his own I guess.
A nice touch of this run was the powder room that the organiser’s erected for the ladies to freshen up. Who ever said you had to look messy after a run?
Didn’t use it though, I only wanted to meet my Bff who had completed her run in great timing, change into a fresh set of clothes and grab some breakfast grub!
But not before getting my finisher’s medal 🙂 For official race results, check here