To me, it has always been associated with kids and messy eating and drool. But now, there's suddenly a whole new meaning - running bib!
My very first Running Bib
I happily signed up for the 12km Great Eastern Run about one and half months ago. I do hit the gym for aerobics classes so I thought it can't be that bad. Then, I ran on the treadmill and realised........ 12km is a lot further than expected!!!
So I came up with some rough plan. Run 5km first, then slowly increase by 1km each week. After my first 5km session at the gym, I was so exhausted that I fell asleep before the girls that night! For my next gym session, I proudly did 6km. (actually, I was about to stop at 5km and then a guy stepped on the treadmill next to me, so I continued for another km. Talk about positive pressure, huh?)
Managed to do another 6km on the my third session, and then I got really sick :( My longest bout of bad cough and flu EVER! Really messed up my training plan.
Two weeks before the run, I still have not resumed training and nearly wanted to quit. Luckily, my running kaki gave me a pep talk over Skype. Something along the lines of : "Adrine, it's easy to quit. But I know you, you are not quitter etc etc etc". , Wahhh....... how to quit like that??!!
I started going to the gym after that. Even skipped 2 lunch breaks to run. Whooo hoo!! I never got a chance to run more than 6km though. I was still coughing a bit and didn't want to push my body too hard. My target was to improve my fitness level so I could finish the 12km on the actual day and hopefully get the qualifying medal for finishing within 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Day of the run - All fired up !
My actual time : 1 hour, 44 minutes, 40 seconds. Whooooo Hooooooo!!!!!!!!! Felt absolutely AMAZING when I crossed the finish line.
I got my medal! Yay!
Tho it immediately got hijacked by Erin.
Not wanting to be left out, Elyssa dug out her old sports medal :-)
My legs are still aching from the run, but I'm so pumped up! Already identified my next run in November. And my new goal (dare I declare it here?).......is to run a half marathon within the qualifying time. No more half marathons this year (missed the deadline for BSN night run and can't make it for Penang bridge run), so will target early next year.
Oh man.....never imagined myself to be so excited over runs!!! :-)