Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Running travels

Sep 2011:  my 1st overseas race since returning to Singapore. PJ 10km. got 2nd behind the Malaysian National Marathon record holder. Enjoyed the trip up with my parents and Regina. Such a exhilirating race as I managed to stay with the pack for 3/4 of the race, making it race-able, as opposed to most of the races of my life where I am just running against the clock on my own.

March 2012: had a fun running holiday in Bintan with my friend, Michele. we had running sessions 2x/day for the 2 days we were there. through the hotel golf course doing fartleks!
 April 2012: my 1st overseas race of 2012. Visited Riz in Brunei and ran the stand chart 10km at the same time! Definietly learnt more about Brunei while I was there, ate lots of good local food. managed to come in 1st in the 10km race with a time of around 43min. Prize money paid for my airfare so that was a bonus!
 June 2012: went to Phuket with my siblings + Regina - Prissy. tried to snorkel at the islands the day before the race- wrong move as I ended up vomitting due to sea sickness. 10km race was good. Perfect weather, just after a shower. Flat course, through the villages. Led from 4km onwards so pretty happy. did 41min + for 10km! most of all, enjoyed time with my sibz and eating our fav dish- morning glory.
 June 2012: was reunited with Chara in KL for the KL 10km. ate non-stop before the race thanks to Gen's fantastic recommendation of food places. was pretty scared of the hills b4 the race and 1 week b4, ran up mt faber as part of training. Once again, God was good and provided perfect weather- just finished showering. course had some hills but not as bad as I thought. was always 100m behind the leader- Malaysian National record holder in the marathon. My mind even at 1 point was thinking of what to say to her when I caught up with her, something like "are there any more female competitors infornt of you?" But that never happened. Just remained perpetually 100m or more behind. towards the last 3km, when I started tiring, had a good downhill segment that gave me some energy. Then saw a guy infornt wearing Ruiyong's fav singlet colour. I challenged myself to keep up with him and that pushed me to sprint past him in the last 100m! Overall, happy with my 2nd place.


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