Yesterday, we joined some 15,000 participants and took part in the Jurong Lake Run. This was our first family run as a family so the theme “Running as One” really resonated with us.
I signed up for the 6km run while Alexis very gamely signed up for the 3km walk-a-jog with Sophie as he suspected that she’ll need a ‘lift’ from him during the race. Days before the race, we’ve been drumming it into her that she cannot be carried and needs to walk to complete the race. We must have repeated ourselves too many times that she would even tell her grandma that, “On Sunday, I go running. Cannot carry me, I must run”.
She actually fared better than expected given that she was dragged out of bed at 7am and whizzed to the race while still in her PJs.
Alexis and Sophie at the start of the race
Alexis carried her for 2/3 of the race so she walked for at least a km plus a little more since we parked at IMM before walking over to Science Centre where the starting point of the race was. At the end of the race, this little one was so tired that she told Daddy that she needed to rest by the curb.
Pardon me if I look a little unglam
As for me, I think I clocked 42 mins for my run. What kept me going was seeing how everyone pushed on with the cheers from the supporters that were strategically stationed along the race route. But more importantly, I felt proud of myself that I”m doing something which I have set out to do – to challenge myself to run a race like this.
Glowing after the race
I started off the year with a goal to lead a more healthy and active lifestyle and here I am being an ambassador for the Jurong Lake Run to be an example to other moms that we can and should find time to exercise. I will not tell you that it’s easy but it will be worth it because my family has been influenced by my change in lifestyle. And that’s what moms do best, championing a healthy cause in the family.
I know that this will not be my last race and I’m contemplating doing a half marathon in a year or two’s time. Meanwhile I’ll have to resume training for my vertical marathon in preparation for the race in November.
Smiling faces post race
And here’s where I sign off with my line, ” I run for my family. How about you?”
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