I survived my first 10km run!

One of my New Year resolution for 2016 is to get healthier and fitter. I know it’s such a typical and expected New Year resolution that everyone makes after all the pigging out and feasting over the year end holiday season. But unlike the past few years where I’ve had little success keeping to it, I’m darn proud to say that this year is totally different and I’m making progress.

Not only have I started on regular home workouts which are very do-able for mums, I also joined the gym and got started on my personal training. And 2 weekends ago, I completed my first 10km run and survived it!

Honestly, I don’t think I’m the running kind and would usually clock 2,3 km on average for my runs. So when my group of mummy friends choi-ed me to join them to take on the 10km run, I was hesitant if I could do it. But they have been such a supportive bunch and encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and just do it, so I gamely signed up with them for the NTUC 350Run.


Training for my first 10km

To prep myself for the run, I started to incorporate running to my weekly workouts and would aim to hit 5km. I would usually run in the late evening after work around my estate once I get home so that I don’t have a chance to gives any excuses. Morning runs on weekends are so much tougher as they are the only rare chances that I get to sleep in these days.

In fact, I even hit the gym to run when I was on my holiday and Alexis was so surprised at my discipline and determination. But part of my was just so scared I have to end up walking the last 2,3 km of the run.

3 weeks prior the run, I was running twice a week but so far I only managed to clock 7km once and I started to wonder why I even signed up in the first place >.<

So the goal that I set for my simple, just finish the run and not be too far behind my friends since we made a pact to go for breakfast after that.

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Before the 10km flag off!

On the day of the run, I jumped out of bed at 4.30am as I had a nightmare that my cab driver took me to the wrong place! Talk about nerves I tell you. Thankfully, I managed to go back to sleep and arrived at the F1 pit on time.

I wasn’t used to run so early in the morning (The flag off was 6.30am) and I was getting butterflies in my stomach. But once the run started, it was literally no turning back.

To run 10km, I had to pace myself to ensure that I could last the whole way. I turned on my run tracker and it gave me a good gauge of how fast I was going which was helpful as there signage for the distance clocked were not placed at every km.

There were moments in the run when my ankles and knees started to hurt and I had to slowed down. But once it felt better, I was off again. After the 6km mark, I alternated between walking and running but the toughest part was pushing myself mentally to finish strong.

When I finished the run, I was mighty proud of myself and my timing of 1hr and 16 mins was also much better that I expected. In fact, all of us finished before 8am and we had our breakfast as planned 🙂

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First 10km run in 2016!

NTUC Income RUN 350 Result

After the race, my knees hurt for a few days but I recovered well enough to start exercising again. And that was perhaps the biggest testament of a better fitness level and I was even looking forward to my workouts as it’s become so much a part of my lifestyle now.

So what’s next?

This weekend, I’ll be running in the Music Run by AIA at Sentosa together with Alexis and now 5km sounds like a breeze. We did the run together last year and it was such a fun party run along Palawan beach where we ran to different genre of music at the various zones like pop, rock, hip rock, etc. You can read more about our experience here.

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My friends are already making plans to join another race this year and this time we’re looking at a 15km run! Perhaps, one day, I may even attempt a half marathon.

Some day, some day…


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Comments: 29

  1. Bumble Bee Mum April 19, 2016 at 10:14 am Reply

    Steady! I don’t think I can survive a 10km run. I’m sure the Music Run will be easy peasy for you after this. Enjoy the music and you’ll probably think you’re just dancing rather than running.

    • Susan April 27, 2016 at 12:59 am Reply

      The Music Run was a fun party run. Totally do-able even for non runners 🙂

  2. Lyn Lee April 19, 2016 at 10:53 am Reply

    Wow that’s a good timing for 10k! I also finished around that timing but… that was more than 10 years ago… hahaha… I should really sign up for one soon…. it makes a difference to be running with many peeps! More motivating.

  3. Veron Zhen April 19, 2016 at 2:47 pm Reply

    Wah pei-fu you Susan. Last year I bought a pair of pink Nikes from Queensway wanting to start exercising.
    Today, I still havent ran. Lololollllllll .. Epic fail.

    • Susan April 27, 2016 at 12:57 am Reply

      Time to get them out and start exercising then 🙂

  4. mmlittlee April 19, 2016 at 3:27 pm Reply

    Congrats on the achievement Susan! This goes to show that There’s A Way When You’ve Got The Will!

    • Susan April 27, 2016 at 12:56 am Reply

      Absolutely! Jia you on your workout Wednesdays too.

  5. Evespiration - what inspires her April 19, 2016 at 4:02 pm Reply

    Super admire your strength and tenacity to do a 10K run! Something I will never ever do in my lifetime…. 😛 Way to go, Susan! 🙂

    • Susan April 27, 2016 at 12:56 am Reply

      Thanks, it’s been such a journey for me too 🙂

  6. Karen April 19, 2016 at 5:11 pm Reply

    Oh yay! Congrats on your achievement and for keeping your resolution in check. Looking at you, I’m so guilty. Running is never for me. haha.

    • Susan April 27, 2016 at 12:55 am Reply

      Running 5km used to be such a far fetched dream too but with determination and practice, anyone can do it.

  7. Phoebe April 19, 2016 at 9:17 pm Reply

    I dont think i can even survive 5km now… kudos to you for making it to the 10km mark!

    • Susan April 27, 2016 at 12:54 am Reply

      Don’t try never know 🙂

  8. Pooja Kawatra Gupta April 19, 2016 at 9:31 pm Reply

    Congratulations Susan! It is really inspiring for others to follow and wish I could do it.

    • Susan April 27, 2016 at 12:51 am Reply

      Honestly, I never imagine myself doing it too. Surrounding myself with likeminded friends was what got me started.

  9. mummybean April 19, 2016 at 11:30 pm Reply

    Well done Susan! 1 hr 16 mins is a very decent timing! So nice that you had a bunch of friends to run with to keep you going too. It really makes a difference.

  10. Young Smarties April 19, 2016 at 11:40 pm Reply

    Bravo!!! You did it! I’m still in my lalaland running the 10km because no one keen to join me in this “long run” so I have to do it in my dream…

    • Susan April 27, 2016 at 12:50 am Reply

      haha, you can always chio me if you’re planning to sign up for a run soon 🙂

  11. Geraldine April 20, 2016 at 12:11 am Reply

    You rock Susan! Congrats on your first 10am! I have so much to learn from you, first – to get out of my comfort zone. Enjoy your Music Run with Alexis 🙂

    • Susan April 27, 2016 at 12:48 am Reply

      Well I always say that getting started is already half the battle won, so just do it 🙂

  12. Ai Sakura April 20, 2016 at 6:09 am Reply

    Congrats on this feat Susan!! I’m really happy for you and proud that you managed to do it! This Sunday we’re going for a run too.. but it’s a 5km Snoopy Fun Run hahahaha

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

    • Susan April 21, 2016 at 11:51 am Reply

      Oh that sounds fun! Must take lots of photos too.

  13. June April 20, 2016 at 6:43 pm Reply

    You’re amazing Susan! Go get ’em! 🙂

    • Susan April 21, 2016 at 11:51 am Reply

      Thanks June 🙂

  14. Angie Yeow April 21, 2016 at 3:45 pm Reply

    A great start of a fitter lifestyle Susan! Your timing is indeed admirable! Hope to see you in other runs too. Are you aiming for half marathon? Let’s just keep on running! : )

    • Susan April 27, 2016 at 12:46 am Reply

      The pacers and the crowded kept me going 🙂 Not aiming for half marathon yet. My next run will be the shape run which is 15km. Joining that too?

  15. Rachel April 21, 2016 at 11:34 pm Reply

    Well done girl! I thought you came in with a decent timing. My husband went for the NTUC 21 km, a week after the 2Xu half marathon. He would have signed me up if I agreed! But I told him he must be crazy to think I could do 2x 21km for consecutive weekends! You should be really really proud of yourself. You go girl!

    • Susan April 27, 2016 at 12:45 am Reply

      It shows your hubby has so much confidence in you! Proud of this new achievement and it spurs me to do more runs this year.

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