The last month has been an absolute whirlwind! Can’t believe that 4 weeks have passed by so quickly! Looking back, the journey has been great with so many new friendships formed and experiences to be had. What a way to kick-start my training back into running huh 🙂
Realistically, I knew I wouldn’t be able to achieve a PB or go anywhere near my current PB of 24.10 min for the 5K but hey, no complaints. As long as I don’t further aggravate the injury, I am a happy girl.
So here’s how the run went:
Got to go the front of the start pen thanks to VIP race tags that also allowed us into the VIP lounge for some post race nosh (roti prata and buffet spread, sinful pleasures but soooo worth it)
elite runners taking off!
While waiting, I couldn’t help but admire the beautiful view and the lovely weather that prevailed despite earlier drizzling in the afternoon.
The Nike She Runs Singapore 2013 race route:
Starting at the Gardens by the Bay East, I can remember this route very clearly as this is around the 30km mark or so (i think) of the Standard Chartered Marathon where I had to use all my pysching powers to will myself onwards. Anyway, since this is the start point, no worries then. I ran past the bridge to the lush Gardens by the Bay and towards the Flower Dome where I made a u-turn at the 2.5km mark. As I was running towards it, Anne Qihui, the winner in 17min 51 sec was already sprinting like a cheetah back towards the Gardens. Followed closely behind was Vivian Tang, another awesome local runner.
Looking at my pace on my watch, i was doing about 5.30 min/km but felt a bit breathless and knew that it was due to not training for so long. I decided to tone it down a notch and take the 3rd km rather slowly. The 4th km was more tiring as my feet did start to ache with each stride but the Nike frees were really accommodating and flexible enough to give some comfort. Towards the end, I decided to hell with it, and picked up my pace, I was aiming to go under 30 min and did so in 29min 14sec although this was according to my watch. Just have to wait for the official results.
*Promise to myself: gonna better my PB once I heal.
The village had such a carnival like atmosphere with local bands like 53 A belting out tunes that had the crowd in a positively good mood. I could see long queues for the free hot dogs and ice cream which was a nice touch by the race organisers.
Runners could also get their photos taken “polaroid” style as a keepsake.
Some more photos:
The fabulous media crew for the Nike She Runs 5K
Charmaine, bff of almost 16years, Happy Birthday babe!
Post running glow, no make up!
Oh and of course the finisher tee. They didn’t give any finisher medal though.
And so that concludes the run that will definitely go down as one of the more memorable ones, not because of the distance but because of all the camaraderie, fun and laughter.
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